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Language Arts Program

READING
We will be using Reading A-Z. This program teaches leveled reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, vocabulary and grammar skills. We will use this program, as well as other supplemental materials in small group settings and that is standards based. Other components to the language arts program include:

Reading Logs

Literature Circles

Book Reports

Accelerated Reading- Computer quizzes on books read independently.

Grammar Skills- types of sentences, parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, contractions, dictionary skills

Writing Skills- brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing 

Writing modes:
  • Narrative: to tell a story
  • Expository: to inform or explain
  • Persuasive: to construct an argument
  • Descriptive: to paint a picture with words
  • Imaginative: to create a new way of seeing things
  • Letter Writing
Spelling- A new spelling list will be mastered each week. Accurate use of these words is expected throughout the year. We will also review the following word skills: suffixes, prefixes, vowels, consonants, digraphs, diphthongs, and syllables.

TEXT Wings, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999

Diamond Cove, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999

McGraw-Hill Spelling, McGraw-Hill, 1998

Grammar Practice, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999

Quickword, Handbook for Everyday Writers
Curriculum Associates, 1994

HANDWRITING
Manuscript skills will be reviewed, but emphasis will be put on teaching cursive.

TEXT  Zaner-Bloser Handwriting