Language Arts Syllabus

Course Name:  Second Grade Language Arts
Instructor Name:  Deanna Kolle
Contact Information:  dkolle@usd223.org

 Call 348-5531 to schedule a conference before or after school.

Course Description:  
We will be using Scott Foresman Reading Street Textbook Level 2, Promethean board    Flip Charts, Study Island, novel units, word wall, word rings, and CARS.  This course is designed to introduce high-quality literature to each student through comprehension skills and strategies, vocabulary, writing, grammar, phonics, and spelling.

Learning/Developmental Goals:
This course is designed to meet Kansas state standards for 2nd grade language arts.  Kansas state standards may be found at: www.ksde.org

Learning Outcome:
The student will demonstrate mastery of the state standards using formal and informal assessments along with teacher observation.


Instructional Units:

Theme 1 –Exploration
Phonics
*Letter-Sound Relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short Vowels
*Long Vowels
*Vowel Patterns
*Blending syllables to decode multisyllabic words
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
Fluency
*Reads aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Reads aloud with expression
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
* Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading
*Working toward appropriate fluency goals (50-60wcpm)
Vocabulary
*Read high-frequency words and lesson vocabulary automatically
*Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading, and listening to text read  aloud
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Examine word usage and effectiveness
*Understand antonyms and synonyms
Text Comprehension--Strategies
*Make and confirm predictions
*Monitor comprehension and use fix-up strategies
*Recognize text structure: story and informational
*Use parts of a book to locate information
Text Comprehension--Skills
*Author’s Purpose
*Compare and Contrast
*Main Idea and supporting details
*Realism/Fantasy
Literary Elements
*Character (Recognize characters’ traits, actions, feelings, and motives)
*Setting
Grammar
*Introducing sentences
*Subjects
*Predicates
*Statements & Questions
*Commands & Exclamations
Writing
*Voice
*Word Choice
* Writing a letter
* Conventions

Theme2 –Working Together
Phonics
*Letter-Sound Relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short Vowels
*Long Vowels
*r-Controlled Vowels
*Vowel Digraphs
*Vowel Patterns
*Blending syllables to decode multisyllabic words
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
Fluency
*Reads aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Reads aloud with expression
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
* Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading
*Working toward appropriate fluency goals (58-68wcpm)
Vocabulary
*Read high-frequency words and lesson vocabulary automatically

 *Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading, and listening to text read  aloud
*Use context clues to determine word meaning of unfamiliar words, multiple-meaning words,    homonyms, homographs
*Use grade-appropriate reference sources to learn word meanings
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Examine word usage and effectiveness
*Understand antonyms and synonyms
Text Comprehension—Strategies

*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Recognize text structure: story and informational
*Use parts of a book to locate information
Text Comprehension--Skills
*Author’s Purpose
*Draw Conclusions
*Main Idea and supporting details
*Graphic sources (charts, diagrams, graphs, maps, tables)
*Realism/Fantasy
*Sequence of events
Literary Elements
*Character (Recognize characters’ traits, actions, feelings, and motives)
*Setting
Grammar
*introduction of nouns
*Proper nouns
*Singular and Plural nouns
*Possessive nouns
Writing
*Organization/paragraphs
* Ideas
* Conventions

Theme3 –Creative Ideas
Phonics
*Letter-Sound Relationships
*Short Vowels
*Long Vowels
*r-Controlled Vowels
*Vowel Digraphs
*Vowel Patterns
*Blending syllables to decode multisyllabic words
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Compound words
Fluency
*Reads aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Reads aloud with expression
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
* Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading
*Working toward appropriate fluency goals (66-76wcpm)
Vocabulary
*Read high-frequency words and lesson vocabulary automatically

*Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading, and listening to text read  aloud
*Use context clues to determine word meaning of unfamiliar words, multiple-meaning words,homonyms, homographs
*Use grade-appropriate reference sources to learn word meanings
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Examine word usage and effectiveness
*Understand antonyms and synonyms
Text Comprehension—Strategies
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Recognize text structure: story and informational
*Use parts of a book to locate information
Text Comprehension--Skills
*Author’s Purpose
*Cause & Effect
*Draw Conclusions
*Main Idea and supporting details
*Graphic sources (charts, diagrams, graphs, maps, tables)
*Realism/Fantasy
*Sequence of events
Literary Elements
*Character (Recognize characters’ traits, actions, feelings, and motives)
*Setting
*Plot and Plot Structure
Grammar
*introduction of verbs
*Verbs with singular and plural nouns
*Verbs for past, present, and future
*Am, is, are, was, and were
Writing
*Voice
* Ideas
* Sentence Variety
*Word Choice
*Compare/Contrast Essay

Theme 4 –Our Changing World
Phonics
*Letter-Sound Relationships
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short Vowels
*Long Vowels
*R-Controlled Vowels
*Vowel Digraphs
*Vowel Patterns
*Dipthongs
*Blending syllables to decode multisyllabic words
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Compound words
Fluency
*Reads aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Reads aloud with expression
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
* Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading
*Working toward appropriate fluency goals (74-84wcpm)
Vocabulary
*Read high-frequency words and lesson vocabulary automatically
*Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading, and listening to text read  aloud
*Use word structure to figure out word meaning
*Use context clues to determine word meaning of unfamiliar words, multiple-meaning words,   homonyms, homographs
*Use grade-appropriate reference sources to learn word meanings
*Use new words in a variety of contexts
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Examine word usage and effectiveness
*Understand antonyms and synonyms
Text Comprehension—Strategies
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Recognize text structure: story and informational
*Use parts of a book to locate information
Text Comprehension--Skills
*Author’s Purpose
*Cause & Effect
*Compare/Contrast
*Fact/Opinion
*Draw Conclusions
*Main Idea and supporting details
*Graphic sources (charts, diagrams, graphs, maps, tables)
*Realism/Fantasy
*Sequence of events
Literary Elements
*Character (Recognize characters’ traits, actions, feelings, and motives)
*Setting
*Plot and Plot Structure
*Theme
Grammar
*Adjectives and our senses
*Adjectives for number, size, and shape
*Adjectives that compare
*Adjectives that tell when, where, and how
Writing
*Voice
* Ideas
*Word Choice
*Conventions
*Poems

Theme 5 –Responsibility
Phonics
*Letter-Sound Relationships
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short Vowels
*Long Vowels
*r-Controlled Vowels
*Vowel Digraphs
*Vowel Patterns
*Dipthongs
*Blending syllables to decode multisyllabic words
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Compound words
*Suffixes and Prefixes
Fluency
*Reads aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Reads aloud with expression
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
* Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading
*Working toward appropriate fluency goals (82-92wcpm)
Vocabulary
*Read high-frequency words and lesson vocabulary automatically

*Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading, and listening to text read  aloud
*Use word structure to figure out word meaning
*Use context clues to determine word meaning of unfamiliar words, multiple-meaning words,   homonyms, homographs
*Use grade-appropriate reference sources to learn word meanings
*Use new words in a variety of contexts
*Classify and categorize words
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Examine word usage and effectiveness
*Understand antonyms and synonyms
Text Comprehension—Strategies
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Recognize text structure: story and informational
*Use parts of a book to locate information
Text Comprehension--Skills
*Author’s Purpose
*Cause & Effect
*Compare/Contrast
*Fact/Opinion
*Draw Conclusions
*Main Idea and supporting details
*Graphic sources (charts, diagrams, graphs, maps, tables)
*Realism/Fantasy
*Sequence of events
Literary Elements
*Character (Recognize characters’ traits, actions, feelings, and motives)
*Setting
*Plot and Plot Structure
*Theme
Grammar
*Introduction to Pronouns
*Pronouns or one and more than one
*Using I and Me
*Contractions
Writing
*Voice
* Ideas
*Word Choice
*Sentence Variety
*Reports

Theme 6 –Traditions
Phonics
*Letter-Sound Relationships
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short Vowels
*Long Vowels
*r-Controlled Vowels
*Vowel Digraphs
*Vowel Patterns
*Dipthongs
*Blending syllables to decode multisyllabic words
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Compound words
*Suffixes and Prefixes
Fluency
*Reads aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Reads aloud with expression
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
* Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading
*Working toward appropriate fluency goals (90-100wcpm)
Vocabulary
*Read high-frequency words and lesson vocabulary automatically

*Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading, and listening to text read  aloud
*Use word structure to figure out word meaning
*Use context clues to determine word meaning of unfamiliar words, multiple-meaning words,    homonyms, homographs
*Use grade-appropriate reference sources to learn word meanings
*Use new words in a variety of contexts
*Classify and categorize words
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Examine word usage and effectiveness
*Understand antonyms and synonyms
Text Comprehension—Strategies
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Recognize text structure: story and informational
*Use parts of a book to locate information
*Make connections : text to self, text to text, text to world
Text Comprehension--Skills
*Author’s Purpose
*Cause & Effect
*Compare/Contrast
*Fact/Opinion
*Draw Conclusions
*Main Idea and supporting details
*Graphic sources (charts, diagrams, graphs, maps, tables)
*Realism/Fantasy
*Sequence of events
Literary Elements
*Character (Recognize characters’ traits, actions, feelings, and motives)
*Setting
*Plot and Plot Structure
*Theme
Grammar
*Capital Letters
*Quotation Marks
*Commas
*Indenting Paragraphs
Writing
*Conventions
*Sentence Variety
*Organization/Paragraphs

Accelerated Reader:  
Each child is expected to read 6 books and pass the tests every nine weeks.  This is the equivalent of  three A.R. points.

Grading Policy:  
            Daily Assignments are graded and students are required to correct them until they are without errors.  Percentages are only placed on tests.

Grade Scale:
            A    100% -  91%
            B      90% -  82%
            C      81% -  73%
            D      72% - 64%
            F       63% & below

Make-Up Work:  If an absence is excused, you will have two days for every day that is missed to make up the work.

Homework:   Homework is not an optional assignment, therefore it is expected to be completed.  All homework is due the following class day.

Planner: Students will be expected to write all homework assignments and tests in the student planner daily.  Parents should read and sign the planner daily, even if there is no homework, as a form of communication.

Expectations:       Students are reminded to always try and do their personal best.  Students are also reminded that cheating will not be tolerated.

Lang. Arts Schedule:          8:15 - 9:00   Phonics
                                            9:00 -  9:15   Spelling
                                            9:45 - 11:00  Reading
                                          12:45-    1:30 Grammar/Writing