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. Students will continue to build fluency and independent reading skills by further developing comprehension strategies via a wide variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students will write for a variety of genres, include fictional stories, poetry, and informational text, using a more complex paragraph structure and integrated application of their speaking skills.

This course specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:

  • Unit 1: Use a variety of comprehension strategies as they read poetry, prose, and fictional texts to create outlines and plan and deliver oral instructions
  • Unit 2: Use various comprehension strategies to think about reading and study the elements of poetry in order to analyze and write poems
  • Unit 3: Apply knowledge of word parts to make meaning and use comprehension strategies to read poetry, and identify elements of word play
  • Unit 4: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry as well as identify and create sentences with correct form and grammar
  • Unit 5: Write grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs including an opinion paragraph, a persuasive text, and a descriptive story
  • Unit 6: Apply comprehension strategies, especially as they relate to distinguishing fact from opinion to write an opinion paragraph, a letter, and a summary and learn effective ways of public speaking
  • Unit 7: Analyze and replicate different forms of literature, including biographies, fables, parables, and tall tales
  • Unit 8: Identify complex parts of speech in sentences and use inferencing skills and textual evidence in media, literary characters, and cause and effect
  • Unit 9: Apply strategies to monitor and adjust comprehension in fictional stories and works of historical fiction and research and write an informational report

State: National
Grade Level: 4
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year