ELA Course Overview



Students will learn...


  • Word recognition, fluency, and vocabulary development

          -Read aloud smoothly and easily in familiar text.

          -Build a reading vocabulary of common sight words.

          -Use increasing semantic, phonetic, and structural skills to become an effective reader.                

             Essential Question: What do good readers do to figure out words they don’t know?


  • Informational Text: Structure, Comprehension, and Analysis

           -Independently read grade appropriate text.

           -Find title, author, illustrator, and table of contents for both informational and literary texts.

Essential Question: What do good readers do to understand and explain the information they are reading?



  • Literary Text: Comprehension and Analysis

           -Identify setting, main characters, and the beginning, middle, and end of story. 

           -Confirm predictions about what will happen next in a story.

            Essential Question: How do good readers use story elements to make sense of the stories they are reading?



  • Literary Text:

                        -Write multiple, complete sentences, using English language conventions and descriptive        words on a given topic. 

           -Begin to demonstrate sentence sense and reflect logical flow of words and ideas in narrative writing.

Essential Question: How do good writers use writing to communicate clearly with others?


  • Learn to use correct letter formation and spacing when writing.
  • Begin to use conventions in grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling

Essential Question: What does a good writer do to make sure others can understand what they have written?



Big Idea: Students will understand the transformation from oral language to the written word.