Language Arts 500

Language Arts 500 continues to build on the sequential development and integration of language arts skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Special attention is placed on reading non-fiction texts. Students identify text features and explain how graphic elements lead to comprehension and continue to build grammar skills in support of clear communication. Speaking skills are built upon in this course through memorization and recitation of the powerful Gettysburg Address. Students also learn what good communication is and how to practice this in all areas of their lives.

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

  • Unit 1: Demonstrate active reading strategies to find the main idea and analyze meaning of academic words and use sound patterns and syllable patterns to read fluently
  • Unit 2: Engage with and identify features of nonfiction text and form a historical understanding of the Gettysburg Address and recite it from memory
  • Unit 3: Understand the components of language and how to use them effectively in writing and presenting information with public speaking in addition to understanding how the English language has changed over time
  • Unit 4: Explain metacognitive skills to use before, during, and after reading and write a descriptive paragraph, an opinion piece, and a report
  • Unit 5: Read and evaluate stories, using summarizing skills and comparing and contrasting two different texts and follow the writing process to write a narrative
  • Unit 6: Use comprehension skills while reading poems to compare/contrast and analyze different types of poetry, identify poetic ideas and devices, and write poems using a variety of formats
  • Unit 7: Use a variety of comprehension skills in order to understand texts and formulate questions and participate in discussions
  • Unit 8: Use knowledge of the parts of speech to identify and analyze parts of a sentence, as well as analyzing and writing fables
  • Unit 9: Summarize information presented in diverse media and formats, interpret information presented in biographies, and construct a report that incorporates facts and opinions

State: National
Grade Level: 5
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year