• Language Arts


       Students will continue a study of oral and written language. Emphasis will be on using the writing process to write for different audiences and purposes. Students are required to write two papers using the writing process. Students will study the parts of speech throughout the year using textbooks, spelling, activities, and games with emphasis on their correct uses in oral and written communication. They will study the three simple tenses (present, past, and future) and will continue a study of capitalization and punctuation, spelling, and cursive handwriting.

     
    Language Arts Vocabulary Words include but are not limited to:
     
    Parts of Speech  
    Sentences
    Punctuation Writing
    nouns
    pronouns
    verbs
    helping verbs
    adjectives
    adverbs
    articles
    conjunctions*
    prepositions*
    interjections* 
    * explain their
    effect on
    sentences 
    declarative
    imparative
    interrogative
    exclamatory
     
    simple
    compound
    complex 
     
    focus: subject/verb
    agreement and
    avoid shifts in
    verb tenses  
    periods
    question marks
    exclamation points
     
    commas
    colons
    semicolons
     
     quotation marks
     
     
     
    narrative
    explanatory
    informative
    persuasive
     
    friendly letters
    poems
      

    6+ Traits Writing

       The 6+1 Trait® Writing framework is a powerful way to learn and use a common language to refer to characteristics of writing as well as create a common vision of what 'good' writing looks like. Teachers and students can use the 6+1 Trait model to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness as they continue to focus on improved writing. During the first 6 to 8 weeks of school students will focus on the meanings and expectations of each trait. This will help them develop the process of writing and enable them to be successful for the remainder of the year. 

    Ideas - they make up the content of writing, the heart of the message.

    Organization- the internal structure of the piece, the thread of meaning, the logical pattern of the ideas

    Voice - the soul of the piece, makes the writer's style singular, as his or her feelings and convictions come out through words.

    Word Choice - includes the use of rich, colorful, precise language that moves and enlightens the reader.

    Sentence Fluency - the flow of the language, the sound of word patterns, the way the writing plays to the ear, not just the eye.

    Conventions - the piece's level of correctness, the extent to which the writer uses grammar and mechanics with precision.

     
     
    At home you can help your child by...

    Encouraging appropriate speech. Students can become more effective writers and speakers by hearing others using complete sentences.

    Promoting speech and story telling. Ask questions that require thought and explanation. After reading a story or watching a show, have your child express their opinion or retell it to you in complete sentences.

    Correcting improper use of the English language. If your child uses a word incorrectly, politely correct them without taking away from what they are saying.

     

    Some information was provided by Moore Public Schools' website.

     

    Other incentives

    The student with the highest average = a medal, a certificate, and recognition at the end of the year awards assembly.

    The students with the 2nd and 3rd highest averages = a certificate and recognition at the end of the year awards assembly.