In this course, the student will read stories that provide him with the opportunity to use his imagination to travel to exotic places and meet interesting people. The student will 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 he reads. Skills and strategies for reading comprehension and vocabulary development are presented 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 themes, including diverse regions in the United States, work and play, patterns in nature, mystery and fantasy, adventure, and achieving goals. These themes invite the student to view reading as a tool for information gathering, and the themes help the student make connections across science and social studies. In addition to formal reading instruction, the student will establish a daily reading routine. Throughout the course, the student will continue to develop his writing and grammar skills. This course reinforces the basics of writing, including the five-stage 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 creative, factual, descriptive, artistic, and persuasive compositions. Additionally, writing instruction develops the student's understanding of 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 written work. 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, and language usage. -Reading Street ---offers weekly spelling lists based on the patterns and relationship of letters within words. Daily practice activities reinforce the spelling strategies and give the student opportunities to use spelling words in context. 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