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