Language Arts 400

Language Arts 400 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; develops students capacity for identifying basic elements of narrative prose; introduces students to types of nonfiction, including biographies, autobiographies, and short essays; helps students develop basic literary comprehension skills through the reading of short stories, nonfiction pieces, and poetry.
  • Writing develops student’s understanding of sentence structure, providing hands-on experience with subject-verb agreement and parts of speech; emphasizes parts of speech and their roles, including adjectives, nouns, and verbs; familiarizes students with roots and affixes, and basic word relationships, including homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms; develops students’ vocabulary and spelling skills; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing paragraphs, four-line poetry, and short stories; guides students through planning, organizing, writing, and revising a report.
  • Listening teaches effective listening comprehension skills, weaving these throughout the lessons.
  • Special Topics teaches basic research skills, including dictionary, encyclopedia, and safe Internet usage.

Curriculum Contents

Reading Comprehension Skills

  • Determining Cause and Effect
  • Determining Author’s Purpose—Reading for Entertainment and Reading for Information
  • Identifying Facts and Opinions
  • Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details
  • Predicting Outcomes
  • Reading Poetry
  • Determining Reading Rates
  • Reading Short Stories
  • Reading for Sequence


  • Book Report—Summary
  • Paragraph Elements and Structure
  • Writing Four-Line Poetry
  • Writing Friendly Letters and Invitations
  • Writing Haiku
  • Writing a Report—Outlining, Writing, and Revising
  • Writing Short Stories—Narratives, Tall Tales, and Fables

Grammar and Usage

  • Adjectives—Making Comparisons, Using Articles, and Changing Nouns to Adjectives
  • Kinds of Sentences—Statement, Question, Command, and Surprise/Excitement
  • Nouns—Singular and Plural, Possessive, Subjects, and Common and Proper Nouns
  • Punctuation—Commas, Exclamation Points, Periods, Question Marks, Quotation Marks, and Apostrophes
  • Sentence Structure—Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Verbs—Being Verbs, Tense, and Contractions

Literature Studies

  • Fiction
    • Definition—Short Story
    • Elements—Structure, Character, Plot, and Setting
    • Genre/Type—Allegory, Parable, Fable, and Tall Tale
  • Nonfiction
    • Definition
    • Genre/Type—Autobiography
    • Literary Device—Figures of Speech
  • Poetry
    • Definition
    • Elements—Structure, Rhyme, Meter, Diction, and Mood
    • Haiku
    • Literary Device—Alliteration

Speaking and Listening


  • Listening Skills—Following Directions


  • Abbreviations
  • Compound Words
  • Contractions
  • Days of the Week
  • Names of Months
  • Homonyms
  • Hyphenated Words
  • Possessives
  • Roots and Affixes
  • Vowel Combinations
  • Word Endings
  • Words with Silent First Letters
  • Words with Silent and Irregular Vowels

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 4
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year