Language Arts 5
Language Arts 5
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).back to top
- Ask questions and support answers by connecting prior knowledge with information found in, and inferred from, the text.
- Make connections between text and personal experiences.
- Recall major points in the text and make and modify predictions.
- Summarize readings.
- Use context to determine the meanings of unknown words.
- Recognize the author's purpose.
- Identify the speaker or narrator in a selection.
- Identify and explain cause and effect in literary selections.
- Compare and contrast across selections and genres.
- Make inferences and draw conclusions about characters, supported by evidence from the text.
- Identify the main problem or conflict of the plot and how it is resolved, using evidence from the text.
- Distinguish between fact and opinion.
- Identify and sequence steps in a process.
- Identify the main idea and supporting details of a paragraph or selection.
- Recognize story elements: character, setting, plot (conflict and resolution), theme.
- Explain how story structure affects meaning and understanding.
- Use titles, tables of contents, chapter headings, glossaries, and indexes to locate and identify information in texts read and produced.
- Follow multiple-step written instructions (e.g., how to assemble a product or play a board game),
- Locate information in charts, diagrams, maps, captions, illustrations, photographs, websites, and multimedia presentations.
- Recognize different genres: biography, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
- Determine what characters are like by what they say and do, and how the author or illustrator portrays them.
- Determine the theme of a literary selection.
- Use evidence from the text to support inferences, conclusions, and analysis.
- Develop expository and explanatory essays about literary works.
- Identify poetic elements.
- Distinguish between literal and figurative language
- Identify and analyze how poets use language to appeal to the senses, create imagery, and set tone.
- Recognize and write literary techniques such as personification, simile, metaphor, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
Analysis of Oral and Media Communications
- Compare ideas and points of view expressed in various media.
- Compare and contrast representations of text across multiple media.
- Distinguish between the speaker's opinion and verifiable facts.
- Incorporate multimedia elements effectively into personal projects and presentations.
Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
- Identify and form four kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory.
- Rewrite sentences to change their kind (for example, interrogative to declarative) and use the appropriate end punctuation mark for each kind of sentence.
- Identify the subject and predicate of a sentence.
- Distinguish complete subjects and predicates from simple subjects and predicates.
- Distinguish between complete sentences and fragments.
- Identify subject complements and direct objects.
- Analyze and diagram sentences.
- Punctuation and Capitalization
- Use periods to end most abbreviations and after initials.
- Form abbreviations for units of measure and two-letter postal abbreviations for states without periods.
- Use commas to separate words in a series.
- Use commas with yes and no, and in direct address.
- Use commas in dates and in geographic place names (e.g., between the name of a city and state).
- Use commas and quotation marks to set off direct quotations in sentences.
- Use commas before and, but, and or in compound sentences.
- Use quotation marks, underlining, or italics as appropriate for titles of stories, poems, books, movies, plays, and works of art.
- Review capitalization rules (e.g., capitalize the first word of a sentence, proper nouns and adjectives, names, important words in titles, etc.).
- Identify proper and common nouns.
- Identify singular and plural nouns, regular and irregular.
- Form singular and plural possessive nouns.
- Identify nouns used as subjects, subject complements, and direct objects.
- Identify and understand usage of personal pronouns.
- Identify and use singular and plural pronouns.
- Complete sentences with pronouns as subject complements and direct objects.
- Complete sentences with pronouns as objects of prepositions.
- Use the personal pronouns me, us, him, her, and them as subject complements or direct objects.
- Identify the person of a pronoun: first, second, or third person.
- Identify the gender of a pronoun: masculine, feminine, or neuter.
- Distinguish subject pronouns I, you, he, she, it, we, and they from object pronouns me, you, him, her, it, us, and them.
- Identify and form possessive pronouns.
- Identify and use reflexive and intensive pronouns.
- Identify adjectives and their functions.
- Form proper adjectives from proper nouns (e.g., Swedish from Sweden).
- Identify definite and indefinite articles.
- Identify and use the correct forms of demonstrative adjectives.
- Identify and use possessive adjectives.
- Form positive, comparative, and superlative adjectives.
- Identify and use action verbs, being verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary verbs.
- Write questions and negative statements using main and helping verbs.
- Identify and form principal parts of verbs (present, present participle, past, past participle).
- Identify and use regular and irregular verbs.
- Identify and use simple tenses: present, past, future.
- Identify and form the present and past progressive tense.
- Identify transitive verbs and direct objects in sentences.
- Identify intransitive verbs and distinguish from transitive verbs.
- Use singular verbs with singular subjects, and plural verbs with plural subjects.
- Form and correctly use principal parts of break, see, go, choose, and take.
- Correctly use:
- is, am, are, was, were
- do and does
- there is and there are
- Correctly use forms of:
- let and leave
- teach and learn
- lie and lay
- sit and set
- Identify and use adverbs of time, place, and manner.
- Form comparative and superlative adverbs.
- Identify adverbs as positive, comparative, or superlative.
- Use good and well; their and there; real and very; to, too, and two; and no, not, and never correctly in sentences.
Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections
- Identify prepositions and prepositional phrases in sentences.
- Select the correct preposition to complete a sentence.
- Correctly use between and among, and from and off.
- Identify prepositional phrases as adjectival or adverbial.
- Identify objects of prepositions.
- Identify and use conjunctions.
- Use conjunctions to connect two sentences.
- Use appropriate interjections to introduce sentences.
Vocabulary and Word Study
- Use context to determine and develop definitions for unknown words.
- Compare and correct personal definitions using dictionary definitions.
- Use online and print dictionaries, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and word origin clues to aid in comprehension and mastery of vocabulary.
- Create personal relationships with words through original sentences and proper use of words.
- Understand and apply word definitions.
- Retell, paraphrase, and explain what a speaker has said.
- Use techniques for effective oral presentations (e.g., stand straight and tall; keep your hands at your sides; speak with expression in a loud, clear voice; use complete sentences and proper grammar)
- Maintain purposeful discussion (agree and disagree constructively, state ideas clearly and fully using complete sentences and proper grammar, synthesize and build on others' ideas, explain and defend ideas).
- Read prose and poetry aloud with fluency, rhythm, and expression.
- Connect and relate prior experiences, insights, and ideas to those of a speaker.
Writing as a Process
- Understand and practice writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, publishing).
Writing a Memoir (A Personal Narrative)
- Understand the elements of the memoir: plot, characters, setting, and theme.
- Plan and organize events to be related in the memoir.
- Distinguish between first person and third person point of view.
- Use imagery and simile to describe a place or scene.
- Write realistic dialogue.
- Write, revise, and proofread a memoir.
Writing a Research Paper
- Choose and narrow a topic for a research paper.
- Find sources for a research paper.
- Gather information using library and Internet sources.
- Prepare bibliography cards.
- Paraphrase sources and understand how to avoid plagiarism.
- Write a thesis statement.
- Prepare a formal outline for the research paper.
- Compile a bibliography.
- Write an effective introduction and conclusion.
- Develop paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details that relate to the topic.
- Revise the research paper to improve content, organization, clarity, and word choices, and proofread to correct errors.
Writing to a Prompt
- Identify four types of prompts: narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive.
- Decide what type of writing a prompt requires.
- Identify elements of a paragraph: topic sentence, body (supporting details), and closing sentence.
- Plan the beginning, middle, and end of a response to a prompt.
- Practice writing in response to writing prompts under timed conditions.
Writing an Editorial
- Analyze an editorial.
- Distinguish fact from opinion.
- Locate facts and other information to support opinions in an editorial.
- Anticipate and respond to opposing arguments.
- Revise with special attention to controlling tone and eliminating unnecessary attacks, unsupported judgments, and overstatements.
Writing a Speech
- Identify different purposes for a speech (e.g., to inform, persuade, or entertain).
- Write a thesis statement for an informative speech.
- Use the writing process to write a speech.
- Deliver the speech to an audience.
Writing Business Letters
- Identify the parts of a business letter.
- Understand the audience and purpose of the business letter.
- Write and revise a business letter of complaint or a request for information.
Writing a Compare-and-Contrast Essay
- Analyze an essay written to compare and contrast.
- Use graphic organizers to plan topics to compare and contrast.
- Prepare an outline for a compare-and-contrast essay.
- Write, revise, and proofread a compare-and-contrast essay.
Writing a Character Sketch
- Gather information through observation or recall for a character sketch.
- Write dialogue to include in a character sketch.
- Use specific details and examples to illustrate the subject's characteristics.
- Write, revise, and proofread a character sketch.
Writing a Short Story (Optional)
- Analyze a short story.
- Describe the setting for a story.
- Select and describe characters for a story.
- Plan a conflict and the plot of a story.
- Write, revise, and proofread a short story.
Writing a Book Review (Optional)
- Summarize the book to be reviewed.
- Gather information about the author.
- Evaluate the plot, characters, and setting.
- Prepare an outline for the book review.
- Write, revise, and proofread the review.
- Words with two vowels together, each having its own sound; prefix uni–; and base word grace
- Words with /k/ sound spelled ch, prefix quad–, and base word scholar
- The schwa sound spelled a at the beginning and end of words, prefix oct–, base word deficit
- Words with the endings tion and sion, prefix kilo–, root gradu
- Word relationships, prefix milli–, and root prehend
- Words with /j/ spelled dge, soft c and g, prefix a–, and root tox
- Word relationships, prefix super–, and root tech
- Abbreviations, prefix para–, and root cour
- Contractions, prefix multi–, and root meter
- Words with /shun/ spelled tion and sion, prefix a– and root thermo
- Words with /sh/ spelled ch, /k/ spelled que, /s/ spelled sc, prefix out–, and base word operate
- Word relationships, prefix over–, and root brev
- Words often confused in spelling, prefix ir–, and root bell
- Difficult plurals, prefix im–, and root just
- Adding the /shun/ ending spelled tion and sion, prefix il–, and root ini
- Words with tion and sion, suffix –eer, and root liber
- Words with tion and sion, suffix –ess, and root cline
- Adding vowel suffixes, suffix –ical, and root cert
- Adding suffixes, suffix –ism, and root grat
- Adding vowel suffixes, suffix –ify, and root domus
- Abbreviations, suffix –or, and root mand
- Word relationships, suffix –ary, and root ques
- Compound words, suffix –ant, and root min
- Words with tion, suffix –worthy, and root flam
- Endings tion and sion, suffix –ward, and root nov
- Words often confused in spelling, suffix –some, and root mob
- Words within words, suffix –like, and root term
- Words with two pronunciations and two meanings, suffix –ish, and base word present
- Compound words, suffix –ern, and root turb
- Endings tion and sion, suffix –dom, and root vict
NOTE: List subject to change
You might choose to split the lessons into smaller segments. The online lesson tracking system will allow you to pick up wherever you left off in any given lesson.back to top
Number of Lessons and Scheduling
Lessons are approximately 120 minutes each, to be completed over 180 days.
Total Lessons: 180back to top