Language Arts 5

Course Overview

This course provides structured lessons on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis, composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Through emphasis on spelling, students learn relationships between sounds and spellings in words and affixes. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their reading. Students practice writing as they write a memoir, an editorial, a research paper, a business letter, and more. Students learn about parts of speech, punctuation, and research skills. Students study literature in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and novels. Students also learn to work with technology and multimedia through the short and extended projects they complete.


  • Composition—Students write and collaborate from planning to proofreading, as they narratively write, informatively and persuasively in various forms and genres.
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics—Students learn about parts of speech, punctuation, and research skills. They continue sentence analysis and diagramming,
  • Vocabulary—Students develop and expand vocabulary through online instruction that incorporates context and word relationships.
  • Spelling—Students learn sound-symbol relationships and spelling patterns, identify affixes and learn how they affect the meaning of words, and recognize base words and roots in related words.


Students analyze, compare, and creatively respond to a variety of works. The emphasis is on classic works, including tales of Robin Hood and St. George; selections from Don Quixote and Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream; Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; and Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Students read works of nonfiction, as well as novels (selected from a long list of such classics as Pippi Longstocking, Call It Courage, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe).

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling