English

General English Goals 

Students will:

  •  Integrate the elements of the writing process into effective written communication.
  • Develop strategies to write for a variety of purposes.
  • Use oral communication clearly to elicit wanted outcome.
  • Demonstrate the ability to summarize information viewed, heard, or read.
  • Utilize technology resources to enhance written and oral language skills.
  • Develop research skills to gather information, take notes, organize information and write a research paper.
  • Develop techniques to effectively support their oral or written opinions/and or debates.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be active listeners.
  • Gain an understanding of how the use and misuse of language shapes history and their personal lives.

 Kindergarten Language Arts Goals:
(combined Reading and English goals)

Students will:

  • understand and demonstrate concepts about print; including tracking, turning pages, holding the book correctly.
  • recognize and read environmental print.
  • understand, use and create rhyming words; to include listening for rhyming words in  poetry.
  • write in journals and, at other times, transfer thoughts to paper.
  • create sentences using a capital letter at the beginning, spaces, and a period.
  • read simple stories, retell the story in their own words, and write about the story.
  • utilize computing, listening, exploring, art, and reading skills during assigned CLEAR time.
  • be introduced to nouns, plural nouns and action words.
  • be introduced to The Writing Process Timeline.
  • understand  and use age-appropriate vocabulary.

 First Grade English Goals:

Students will:

  • learn vowel sounds, blends, digraphs, verb endings, compound words, possessive pronouns, contractions, syllabication, and alphabetization.
  • use the CLEAR computer language arts program and videos to reinforce their English skills.
  • demonstrate their understanding of the written word through book reports, art projects, class discussions, and comprehension questions.
  • write a letter using commas correctly in the date, greeting and closing.
  • use periods, question marks and exclamation points correctly.
  • use correct capitalization at the beginning of a sentence, with the word “I” , with the name of a person, with titles of people, with the months of the year, days of the week, the title of books, and the name of pets.
  • participate in choral reading presentations, using various styles of poetry.  They will write simple seasonal poems to demonstrate their understanding of poetry.
  • understand the difference between a noun and an action word.
  • begin the first word of every sentence with a capital letter.
  • write using the Writing Process Timeline to pre-write, revise and publish.

 Second Grade English Goals:

 Students will:

  •  identify and write complete sentences, statements, questions, and exclamations.
  • recognize subject and action word in a sentence.
  • utilize punctuation marks correctly while writing; including period, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe, and question mark.
  • add prefixes or suffixes to base words.
  • recognize and write a paragraph, identifying the topic and the detail sentences.
  • identify parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
  • write a story using main idea and supporting details.
  • write using the Writing process Timeline.
  • be exposed to different literary forms including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry where they identify verse and rhyming patterns.
  • use spelling rules, apply common spelling patterns and have mastery of grade level and frequently used words.

Third Grade English Goals: 

Students will:

  •  identify and write complete sentences, statements, questions, commands, and exclamations by looking at word order.
  • recognize both subject and predicate, supplying whichever is missing to complete a sentence.
  • utilize punctuation marks correctly while writing; including period, exclamation point, comma, apostrophe, question mark, quotation mark.
  • exhibit ability to change word form by adding prefixes or suffixes and writing contractions.
  • recognize and write a paragraph, identifying the topic and the detail sentences.
  • identify parts of speech: nouns, including common, proper, plural, possessive, and pronouns; verbs, such as regular, irregular, and different tenses (past and present); adverbs and adjectives.
  • demonstrate usage of both a thesaurus and a dictionary.
  • use five stages of the Writing Process Timeline: prewriting, writing, revising, proofreading, and publishing.
  • exhibit familiarity with the format of writing reports, personal narrative, persuasive, friendly and how-to letters, stories.
  • experience figurative and comparative language by identifying a simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and homophone.
  • be exposed to different literary forms including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry where they identify couplets, verses and rhyming patterns.
  • use spelling rules, apply common spelling patterns, include mastery of grade level and frequently used words.

Fourth Grade English Goals:

Students will:

  • identify simple and complex subjects, predicates and sentences, and properly use declarative, interrogative, imperative and exclamatory sentences.
  • develop and demonstrate their understanding of different parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. They will properly use pronouns, compound words, contractions, negative words, and articles.
  • increase their understanding of past, present, and future tense verbs and properly identify and use these verb tenses.
  • use context clues, synonyms, antonyms, prefixes, facts, opinions, comparisons, and thesauruses to better understand written work.
  • use time order words, space order words, quotations, and directions to create descriptive writing.
  • develop topic sentences, details and conclusion sentences for use in writing paragraphs.  They will also learn the different parts of a story in order to write a fable.
  • create descriptive and persuasive paragraphs, friendly letters, biographies, how-to articles, fables and outlines to demonstrate their understanding of the written word.
  • write using the Writing Process Timeline understanding pre-write, rough draft, revise, edit and publish.
  • investigate patterns in poetry and create quatrains with a distinct pattern.
  • apply spelling patterns and correctly spell grade level and frequently used words.

 Fifth Grade English Goals: 

Students will:

  •  follow The Writing Process Timeline to organize information and apply this writing process in various forms and types of writing.
  • compose well-developed text using standard English conventions.
  • write effectively in various forms and types of writing, keeping audience and purpose in mind such as: personal narrative; friendly letter; descriptive  paragraphs; expository writing; compare and contrast paragraphs; poetry.
  • develop paraphrasing skills
  • improve their skills in writing a topic sentence
  • apply knowledge of language structure (parts of speech) including those presented in previous grades plus adjectives, adverbs and prepositions.
  • revise their writing utilizing proofreading skills
  • correctly spell grade level frequently used words; use classroom.
  • resources and dictionary to verify spelling.
  • write well constructed sentences.
  • develop effective researching skills to gather information.

 Sixth Grade English Goals:

 Students will:

  • follow the steps in the Writing Process Timeline: prewriting, writing, revising, proofreading, and publishing.
  • write: well constructed stories that capture the reader’s imagination; expository reports including: topic sentence, facts, details, and concluding sentence; paragraphs that show comparison and contrast; descriptive pieces; power-point presentations; couplet, free verse, and question poems.
  • communicate thoughts and ideas to a specific audience and purpose.
  • develop and apply effective research skills to gather, analyze and evaluate information for written reports.
  • improve word choice, sentence order, and paragraph transition.
  • use capitalization, punctuation, quotation marks, and indentation in conversational dialogue correctly.
  • use present, past, and future tense, and subject-verb agreement correctly.
  • identify parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and interjections.
  • recognize and correct errors in sentence structure.
  • be able to identify complete, incomplete, and run-on sentences and edit sentences for fragments and run-ons.
  • identify sentence parts and types of sentences.
  • employ technology to access information and print documents.
  • using colons in business letters and semi-colons to connect compound sentences .

Seventh Grade English Goals: 

Students will:

  •  increase their ability to use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization in their written sentence structure.
  • build their vocabulary and their ability to create complex sentence types by practicing sentence diagramming and working with an advanced vocabulary text.
  • follow The Writing Process Timeline, utilizing prewrite,  rough draft, revise, edit and publish, to apply writing skills in various forms and types of writing.
  • use correct parts of speech and proper subject/verb, adverb/adjective and verb/tense agreement in their speech and writing.
  • write well-constructed sentences, paragraphs, compositions, essays and reports using descriptive language, interesting and appropriate adverbs and adjectives, proper supporting details, adequate paragraph transitions and good summary skills.
  • develop research skills by increasing their ability to read for a specific purpose, gather and analyze data, take notes from a variety of sources, write logical and persuasive reports and create footnotes, end-notes and formal biographies.
  • utilize the seventh grade level of the Iowa Writing Assessment to help evaluate the writing skills of the class.
  • utilize available technology and multi-media approaches to create works for specific audiences and topics across the curriculum.

 Eighth Grade English Goals: 

Students will:

  • increase their ability to use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization in their written sentence structure.
  • identify a variety of parts of speech and sentence clauses.
  • use a challenging vocabulary text to help build a stronger working vocabulary.
  • diagram simple, complex and compound sentences.
  • follow The Writing Process Timeline, utilizing pre-write,  rough draft, revise, edit and publish, to apply writing skills in various forms and types of writing including expository and persuasive writing.
  • write well-constructed sentences, paragraphs, compositions, essays and reports using descriptive language, interesting and appropriate adverbs and adjectives, proper supporting details, adequate paragraph transitions and good summary skills.
  • write a research paper using proper forms including correct footnotes, endnotes and bibliography.
  • write in a variety of genres including narrative essay, first person report, persuasive essay, comparing and contrasting essay and autobiographically.
  • utilize various multi-media approaches to create works for specific audiences and topics across the curriculum.
  • present oral presentations to a group.
  • identify, read and write a variety of poetry including haiku, limerick and narrative poetry.