Language Arts 300
Language Arts 300 focuses on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways.
- Reading introduces students to basic reading skills, including the identification of main ideas, supporting details, sequence, and facts and opinions; shows students how to identify parts of speech in sentences; helps students develop basic literary comprehension skills through the reading of short stories, a short play, and haiku poetry.
- Writing develops students’ understanding of sentence structure, providing hands-on experience with complete sentences and parts of speech; introduces students to roots and affixes, and basic word relationships, including homographs, synonyms, and antonyms; develops students’ vocabulary and spelling skills; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing paragraphs, haiku poetry, short stories, and friendly letters.
- Special Topics introduces basic research skills, including the use of atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, newspaper and magazine articles, and textbooks.
Reading Comprehension Skills
- Cause and Effect
- Context Clues
- Determining Author’s Purpose—Reading for Entertainment and Reading for Information
- Following Written Directions
- Identifying Facts and Opinions
- Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details
- Predicting Outcomes
- Reading Haiku
- Reading a Short Play
- Reading Short Stories
- Writing a Friendly and Thank You Letter
- Writing Haiku
- Writing Short Stories
Grammar and Usage
- Adjectives—Making Comparisons
- Nouns—Singular and Plural
- Parts of Speech—Identification
- Sentence Structure—Complete Sentence
- Compound Words
- Confusing Spellings
- Irregular Vowels
- Short and Long Vowels
- Silent Letters
- R-controlled and W-controlled Words
- Roots and Affixes
- Word Endings
- Words with "ie:, "ei" and "ar"
- Words with Irregular Vowels