Common Core Standards will guide instruction throughout the year. Students will use
Opencourt Anthology and other exemplary texts to support the learning goals. These
reading standards will be taught through 6 integrated units which focus on Science
and Social Studies Objectives!
Each day Spalding will guide our grammar skills with the support of Everyday Grammar.
The students will learn about parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and
personal pronouns. Learning will also include capitalization and punctuation rules
including the correct usage of commas and quotation marks. We will also study
abbreviations, contractions, prefixes and suffixes.
The writing process will progress through the year from the construction of compound
and complex sentences to building cohesive paragraphs on a single, narrowed topic.
The students will work on writing narrative texts with clear characters, setting, and
sequence of events and expository texts such as labels, lists, and journals. Also, the
students will learn to write research papers on a topic of instruction. In addition to
paragraphs, we will also learn to write friendly letters and thank-you notes as well
as formulating written responses to literature texts. Poetry writing will be explored