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Language Arts and Reading Instruction

 

What do we practice and accomplish in Language Arts?

 

Reading Comprehension

Reading of novels, articles, short passages, online articles, poems

 

Reading for meaning and using close reading strategies- star or tab important information in the text, circle or write down words you do not understand, star or tab parts that surprised you or that you liked, use sticky notes and jot down notes where you make connections with the text, use a journal to note important details or facts

 

 

 

What Good Readers Do

 

Preview

 

Question

 

Predict

 

Infer

 

Connect

 

Summarize

 

Evaluate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluency

 

Use tracking- point to the words as you read

 

Change your tone at the beginning of sentences

 

Respond to punctuation

 

Repeat the same readings to increase speed and perfect tone

 

 

 

Writing

 

Complete sentences- Capitalization, Overall appearance, Punctuation, Spelling

 

Grammar- expressing complete thoughts in writing in an orderly fashion; identifying and using parts of speech properly- ex. nouns, proper nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs

 

The Writing Process- Brainstorming, rough drafts, editing, revising, final drafts, publishing

Use of Graphic Organizers

 

Writing multi-paragraphs pieces - Narrative, Informative, Persuasive, open-ended questions

 

 

 

 

Vocabulary

 

What do the words mean? How can I find out or guess what it means?

 

Pulling out words from the books we read and using Wordly Wise Vocabulary Work Books

 

 

 

Read Alouds

 

Practicing good listening 

 

Practicing reading for meaning

 

Asking questions and making predictions

 

Taking notes

 

Relaxing and enjoying the story

 

  

 

Word Attack Skills and Phonemic Awareness- study of phonemes and decoding skills, explanation of rules to apply, use of word lists, using words in context and in isolation.Orton Gillingham techniques and strategies

Vowels

Consonants

Blends

Digraphs

Dipthongs

Sight words

Syllabication

 

Use strategies to help sound out words such as syllabication and chunking parts of words to arrive at the whole word, and context clues which means to use the other words in the sentence to help you arrive at the correct reading of an unfamiliar word