Eighth Grade Language Arts

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Integrated with social studies in middle school humanities program. FOCUS: U.S. Constitution, Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, Migration, Civil Rights Movement. ROUTINES: Journal writing, literature discussions, independent reading, read aloud, group work, visible thinking. LITERATURE: A variety of books united by theme in book clubs PROJECTS: book reviews, literary essays, oral history projects, original constitutions, Civil […]

Seventh Grade Language Arts

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Course content is interdisciplinary with Social Studies. Focus: Writing workshop, reading from myriad sources/texts/novels, vocabulary study, grammar workshop. Routines: Literary analysis, class novels, independent reading, thinking routines, literature discussions, vocabulary, spelling quizzes, grammar/conventions quizzes, read aloud, and reading response activity. Literature: “City of Saints and Thieves,” “Akata Witch,” “A Single Shard,” “Year of Impossible Goodbyes,” “Abina and the […]

Sixth Grade Language Arts

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Integrated with social studies in a humanities course. FOCUS: Concepts of self and group identity; empathy; loyalty; belonging and community membership; grammar study. ROUTINES: Reading journals; critical thinking activities; fishbowls and other literature discussions; vocabulary building; thinking routines; literary responses and reviews; reading strategy notes; student-guided book clubs; building personal reading routines; read-aloud; reading informational […]

Fifth Grade Language Arts

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READING FOCUS: Reader’s Workshop framework for delving deeply and comprehending diverse informational, historical, and fantasy texts. READING SKILLS: Independently apply reading strategies; develop vocabulary through wide reading; analyze and interpret fiction and nonfiction; respond creatively to show understanding of text; select literary forms and genres for appropriate purpose, including research. WRITING FOCUS: Short stories; expository […]

Fourth Grade Language Arts

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Reading Focus: Reader’s Workshop framework, literature circles, class read aloud books, independent reading, social studies research. Reading Skills: Reading grade-level narrative and expository text independently and fluently, understanding and learning from texts, discussing texts by making connections with experience and other texts; recognizing and identifying story components and making inferences; expanding ideas, knowledge, and vocabulary […]

Third Grade Language Arts

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Reading Focus: Reader’s Workshop framework, nonfiction reading, character study, comprehension skills, book clubs. Reading Skills: Self-monitor for meaning and self-correct while reading; analyze parts of words, structure of words, and context to read unfamiliar words; read fluently with expression; analyzing story/text; writing about reading; nonfiction reading for information and note taking; digging deep into a […]

Second Grade Language Arts

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Reading Concepts: Develop a rich reading life, deepen comprehension through discussion and writing about reading, reading identities. Reading Skills: Make book choices that support independent thinking and personal interest, read independently for extended periods of time, identify and study story elements, use text in discussions to ask thoughtful questions or support theories, make inferences and […]

First Grade Language Arts

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Reading Focus & Skills: Concepts of print and parts of books; decoding strategies; context and picture cues; phonemic awareness; word study; sight words; just right books; fiction and nonfiction texts. Writing Focus & Skills: Writing notebooks, letters, lists and stories; rules of capitalization and punctuation; generating ideas, revising and editing in the writing process. Listening […]

Kindergarten Language Arts

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Reading Focus: Exploring language through experience, children’s literature, and student writing. Reading Skills: Building on previous knowledge of sounds, letters, and words; understanding the elements of story (main idea, character, beginning, middle, end); gaining confidence in reading through decoding, context, and memory; enjoying books at various levels independently. Writing Focus: Developing a variety of ways […]

Language Arts Summary

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Live Oak School builds students’ literacy skills by incorporating meaningful situations into their lesson plans. Across all grades, students read and write daily in whole class, small group, and independent activities. Students read for information and write to express understanding, gaining appreciation for real-world application of their practice. Using a workshop structure, teachers constantly assess […]