In this course, the student will develop an appetite for longer and more complex stories, become a more critical and insightful reader, and learn to examine the author's purpose and point of view. The student will read daily, practicing comprehension and fluency skills as she reads. Skills and strategies for reading comprehension and vocabulary development are introduced in the context of brief reading selections presented in Scott Foresman's -Reading Street-. The student then has the opportunity to practice these skills while reading longer selections in a variety of fiction and nonfiction genres. The selections are organized according to theme. These themes invite the student to view reading as a tool for information gathering, and the themes help the student make connections between the texts. In addition to formal reading instruction, the student will establish a daily reading routine. Students also read and respond to a novel, Beverly Cleary's -The Mouse and the Motorcycle, -as part of the final unit in Language Arts 3 B. Throughout the course, the student will also develop writing skills. This course reinforces the basics of writing. The student will learn to structure and write complete sentences and then create paragraphs and longer compositions. After learning the five stages of the writing process;prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing;the student will master this process through weekly writing assignments. The student will also write for different purposes and use a variety of writing forms, including letters, narrative and expository compositions, research reports, poems, and summaries. Additionally, writing instruction introduces students to the essential traits of good writing: focus and idea development, organization, voice, effective word choice and sentences, and the use of standard writing conventions. Over time, the student will build a portfolio of writing assignments. Instruction in grammar and language usage is reinforced in the meaningful context of writing lessons. The student will continue to master the basic skills of writing with instruction in spelling, grammar, language usage, and handwriting. -Reading Street ---offers weekly spelling lists based on the patterns and relationships of letters within words. Daily practice activities reinforce the spelling strategies and give the student opportunities to use spelling words in context. Cursive handwriting is introduced and instructed with the Zaner-Bloser -Handwriting- workbook. The student will review manuscript writing before learning the basic strokes of cursive handwriting. Objectives derived from Pearson Education programs © Pearson Education, Inc., or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Student participation in this course is documented by the following:
- Coursework submissions recorded by the learning management system.
- Participation verified by the virtual education teacher for time spent working offline.
- Academic-based communication between the student and virtual education teacher or learning coach and virtual education teacher.
- Synchronous time with the class, a group or the virtual education teacher recorded by the learning management system or teacher.
- The virtual education teacher verifies participation in the course 1-3 times a week.
- Virtual education teacher verifies participation 1 to 3 times weekly