Language Arts Syllabus

Course Name: First Grade Language Arts
Instructor: Ruth Howell
Contact Information:   rhowell@usd223.org
                                   Call 348-5531 to schedule a conference before or after school

Course Description: We will be using Scott Foresman Reading Street Textbook, Study Island, flip charts, word wall, word rings, and Leap Track.  This course is designed to introduce high-quality literature to each student through comprehension skills and strategies, vocabulary, writing, spelling, phonics.

Learning/Developmental Goals:
This course is designed to meet the Kansas state standards for 1st grade language arts.  Kansas state standards may be found at
www.ksde.org

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

All first grade language arts objectives are met by some of the following instructional units and programs but are not limited to this list.  Amount of material covered is subject
to change based on the abilities of students in class and calendar activities for the year.

Instructional Units:

Kindergarten Review
Phonemic Awareness
*Recognize and produce rhyming words
*Count words in sentences
* Segment, blend, or count syllables
*Segment and blend onset and rime
*Identify sounds that are the same or different
*Identify and isolate initial, final and medial sounds spoken in words
*Blend sounds orally to make words or syllables
*Segment a word or syllable into sounds

Phonics
*Know letter-sound relationships

Unit 1:  Animals, Tame and Wild

Phonemic Awareness
*Segment, blend, or count syllables
*Identify and isolate initial,final, and medial sounds in spoken words
*Blend sounds orally to make words or syllables
*Segment a word or syllable into sounds
*Add, delete, or substitute phonemes

Phonics
*Know letter-sound relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Base words and inflected endings

Fluency
*Read aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
*Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading

Vocabulary
*Read regular and irregular high-frequency words 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 new words in variety of contexts
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Classify and categorize words

Text Comprehension
*Preview the text
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Monitor comprehension and use fix-up strategies
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Answer questions
*Generate questions
*Recognize story structure
*Summarize test by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Make connections: text to self, text to text, text to world
*Cause and effect
*Draw conclusions
*Main idea and supporting details
*Realism/fantasy
*Sequence of events
*Character
*Setting

Grammar
*Sentences
*Naming parts of sentences
*Action parts of sentences
*Word order
*Telling sentences

Writing

*Voice
*Conventions
*Sentences
*Word choice
*Organization/paragraphs
*Focus/ideas

Unit 2:  Communities

Phonemic Awareness
*Segment, blend or count syllables
*Identify and isolate initial, final, and medial sound in spoken words
*Blend sounds orally to make words or syllables
*Segment a word or syllable into sounds
*Add, delete, or substitute phonemes

Phonics
*Know letter-sound relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short vowels
*Long vowels
*Other vowel patterns
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Blend syllables to decode words

Fluency
*Read aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Attend to punctuation and use appropriate phrasing
*Practice fluency in a variety of ways, including choral reading, paired reading, and repeated oral reading

Vocabulary
*Read regular and irregular high-frequency words automatically
*Develop vocabulary through direct instruction, concrete experiences, reading and listening to
*Use context clues to determine word meaning of unfamiliar words, multiple-meaning words, homonyms, homographs
*Use new words in a variety of contexts
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Classify and categorize words

Text Comprehension
*Preview the text
*Set and monitor purpose for reading
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Monitor comprehension and use fix-up strategies
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Answer questions
*Generate questions
*Recognize story structure
*Author’s purpose
*Cause and effect
*Compare and contrast
*Draw conclusions
*Main idea and supporting details
*Realism/fantasy
*Sequence of events
*Character
*Setting

Grammar
*Nouns
*Proper nouns
*Special titles
*Days, months, holidays
*One and more than one
*Nouns in sentences

Writing
*Word choice
*Sentences
*Conventions
*Organization/paragraphs
*Voice
*Focus/ideas

Unit 3:  Changes

Phonemic Awareness
*Segment, blend, or count syllables
*Segment and blend onset and rime
*Blend sounds orally to make words or syllables
*Segment a word or syllable into sounds
*Add, delete, or substitute phonemes

Phonics
*Know letter-sound relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short vowels
*Long vowels
*r-Controlled vowels
*Other vowel patterns
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*contractions
*Compounds
*Blend syllables to decode words

Fluency
*Read aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Read 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
*Work toward appropriate fluency goals

Vocabulary
*Read regular and irregular high-frequency words automatically6
*Developing 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
*Classify and categorize words

Text Comprehension
*Preview the text
*Set and monitor purpose for reading
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Monitor comprehension and use fix-up strategies
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Answer questions
*Generate questions
*Recognize story structure
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Make connections: text to self, text to text, text to world
*Author’s purpose
*Cause and effect
*Compare and contrast
*Draw conclusions
*Main idea and supporting details
*Realism/fantasy
*Sequence of events
*Character
*Plot and plot structure
*Setting
*Theme
Grammar
*Action verbs
*Verbs that add s
*Verbs that do not add s
*Verbs for now and the past
*Using am, is, are, was, and were
*Contractions with not

Writing
*Conventions
*Organization/paragraphs
*Voice
*Word choice
*Focus/ideas
*Sentences

Unit 4:  Treasures

Phonemic Awareness
*Segment, blend, or count syllables
*Blend sounds orally to make words or syllables
*Segment a word or syllable into sounds
*Add, delete, or substitute phonemes

Phonics
*Know letter-sound relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short vowels
*Long vowels
*r-controlled vowels
*Vowel digraphs
*Other vowel patterns
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Compounds
*Suffixes and prefixes
*Blend syllables to decode words

Fluency
*Read aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Read 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
*Work toward appropriate fluency goals

Vocabulary
*Read regular and irregular high-frequency words 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
*Classify and categorize words

Text Comprehension
*Preview the text
*Set and monitor purpose for reading
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Monitor comprehension and use fix-up strategies
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Answer questions
*Generate questions
*Recognize story structure
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Make connections: text to self, text to text, text to world
*Author’s purpose
*Cause and effect
*Compare and contrast
*Draw conclusions
*Main idea and supporting details
*Realism/fantasy
*Sequence of events
*Character
*Plot and plot structure
*Setting
*Theme

Grammar
*Adjectives
*Adjectives for colors and shapes
*Adjectives for size
*Adjectives for what kind
*Adjectives for how many
*Adjectives that compare

Writing
*Sentences
*Organization/paragraphs
*Focus/ideas
*Voice
*Conventions
*Word choice

Unit 5:  Great Ideas

Phonemic Awareness
*Segment, blend, or count syllables
*Identify and isolate initial, final, and medial sounds in spoken words
*Blend sounds orally to make words or syllables
*Segment a word or syllable into sounds
*Add, delete, or substitute phonemes

Phonics
*Know letter-sound relationships
*Consonants
*Consonant blends and digraphs
*Short vowels
*Long vowels
*r-controlled vowels
*Vowel digraphs
*Dipthongs
*Other vowel patterns
*Phonograms/word families
*Base words and inflected endings
*Contractions
*Compounds
*Suffixes and prefixes
*Blend syllables to decode words

Fluency
*Read aloud with accuracy, comprehension, and appropriate rate
*Read 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
*Work toward appropriate fluency goals

Vocabulary
*Read regular and irregular high-frequency words 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 context
*Use graphic organizers to group, study, and retain vocabulary
*Classify and categorize words

Text Comprehension
*Preview the text
*Set and monitor purpose for reading
*Activate and use prior knowledge
*Make and confirm predictions
*Monitor comprehension and use fix-up strategies
*Use graphic organizers to focus on text structure, to represent relationships in text, or to summarize text
*Answer questions
*Generate questions
*Recognize story structure
*Summarize text by retelling stories or identifying main ideas
*Visualize; use mental imagery
*Make connections: text to self, text to text, text to world
*Author’s purpose
*Cause and effect
*Compare and contrast
*Draw conclusions
*Main idea and supporting details
*Realism/fantasy
*Sequence of events
*Character
*Plot and plot structure
*Setting
*Theme

Grammar
*Commands
*Exclamations
*How sentences begin and end
*Pronouns
*Using I and me
*Pronouns

Writing
*Voice
*Conventions
*Word choice
*Organization/paragraph
*Focus/ideas
*Sentences

Grading Policy
Daily work is checked and returned until it is corrected.  Percentages are given on tests.

Grading Scale
A     100% - 91%
           B       90% - 82%
C       81% - 73%
D       72% - 64%
F        63% -   0%

Make-Up Work
Students have 2 days for every day that is missed to complete and return work.

Homework
Homework is expected to be done and returned the next school day.