Curriculum Details: Language Arts


The primary focus of the language arts curriculum is on the writing process. Students are instructed in the mechanics of writing and practice writing in a variety of forms. Mechanics include:


· Parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, and articles


· Parts of sentences: subjects, predicates, phrases, and clauses


· Types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory; simple, compound, and complex


· Punctuation: periods, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, commas, colons, semi-colons, and apostrophes


· Conventions: capitalization, tense, voice, agreement, abbreviations, contractions, singular/plural, comparative degrees, and usage


· Spelling


· Vocabulary: etymology, word families, and analogies



Beginning in first grade, with an emphasis on writing in complete sentences, through eighth grade, with an expectation for fully-developed, multi-page presentations, students will write in a variety of forms:



· Essays: descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive


· Journals: individual, group, and/or buddy dialogue journals


· Creative: pre-writing through book publishing, class books and anthologies


· Classroom newspapers: related to content areas


· Poetry: related to content areas, with a focus on structure in the seventh grade


· Research papers: as appropriate to grade level, with upper grade students using standard research paper format


· Autobiographies: first and fifth grades