READING/LANGUAGE ARTS

01 Use a variety of strategies to read unfamiliar words.

• Demonstrate the ability to phonetically decode an unfamiliar word (decoding).

• Recognize the meaning of an unknown word by using its relationship to context clues (context clues).

• Divide work into structural components (structural analysis).

• Recognize the meaning of a particular prefix, suffix, or root word (structural analysis).

• Recognize a correct definition for a word.

 

02 Read grade-level materials fluently.

• Demonstrate the ability to read aloud without phonetically decoding (speed).

• Demonstrate the ability to read text orally without major pronunciation errors (accuracy).

 

03 Use strategies to develop vocabulary.

• Recognize the meaning of multi-meaning words.

• Demonstrate the use of context clues.

• Identify and use synonyms and antonyms.

• Demonstrate the ability to use prefixes and suffixes.

• Demonstrate the ability to use common Greek and Latin roots.

• Demonstrate understanding of figurative language.

 

04 Read and comprehend fiction to demonstrate understanding.

• Select attribute inferred on the basis of a character’s words or actions (character).

• Describe how a story would change if some element (such as setting) were changed (setting).

• Supply answers to factual questions about who, what, when, where, why/how (retelling).

• Create a story map from an outline (retelling).

• Write a short paragraph retelling a story (retelling).

• Make reasonable predictions based on information from the story.

• Generate logical prediction of what might happen beyond the end of a story (prediction).

• Select a sentence summarizing the main topic explicitly stated in text (main idea).

• Tell where to find the main idea/supporting details from a list of subheadings (main idea).

• Describe the cause of a given effect (cause and effect).

• Complete alike/different chart for people, places or things described in a passage (compare and contrast).

• Describe how information compares or contrasts with own knowledge/experiences (compare and contrast).

• Select answer to who, what, when, where, or how questions that involves making inference/drawing conclusion (inference/drawing conclusions).

• Write a short paragraph retelling a story (summarizing).

• Explain why you would or would not recommend a selection to achieve a purpose (theme).

• Describe the plot of the story.

 

05 Read and comprehend nonfiction to demonstrate understanding.

• Make reasonable predictions based on information from selection.

• Select a sentence summarizing the main topic explicitly stated in text (main idea).

• Tell where to find the main idea/supporting details from a list of subheadings (main idea).

• Describe the cause of a given effect (cause and effect).

• Demonstrate the ability to infer/draw conclusions.

• Arrange important events in sequential or chronological order.

• Organize or classify details by completing semantic map (graphic displays).

• Distinguish facts from the author’s opinion (fact and opinion).

• Describe how information compares or contrasts with own knowledge/experiences (compare and contrast).

• Write a short paragraph that summarizes expository text (summarizing).

• Demonstrate the ability to skim and scan for information.

 

06 Use resources to locate and evaluate appropriate information.

• Find meaning of unknown word in a glossary or dictionary (dictionary, thesaurus, glossary).

• Tell where to find the main idea/supporting details from a list of subheadings (chapter headings).

• Locate information in an index, table of contents, or encyclopedia.(index, encyclopedia).

• Demonstrate the ability to use electronic resources.

 

07 Self-select and independently read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

• Select books at an appropriate level using “Rule of Thumb”.

• Record books read on a book log.

 

08 Present information orally demonstrating consideration of audience and purpose.

• Analyze facts and major features of previously read book.

• Create a 1-3 minute oral presentation describing the book’s appeal.

• Deliver a 1-3 minute presentation using complete sentences, an audible voice, and a reasonable rate of speaking.

• Maintain eye contact, good posture, and audience attention throughout the presentation.

 

09 Apply the rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling in various forms of writing.

• Understand the rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling in various forms of writing.

• Analyze the use of conventions in personal writing.

 

10 Use the writing process (pre-write, write, revise/edit, rewrite, publish) to communicate.

• Understand the writing process.

• Understand the six traits of effective writing.

• Produce narrative, descriptive, and expository writings.

 

11 Produce a descriptive writing sample on demand.

• Understand the essential elements of descriptive writing.

• Use the writing process to create descriptive writing.

• Apply the six traits of effective writing.

 

12 Use note taking, outlining, and summarizing strategies to record and present information.

• Read and understand expository text.

• Identify main topics.

• Create an outline with main topics and details.

• Summarize information using the outline.

 

13 Apply listening skills for a variety of purposes.

• Visualize important information while listening.

• Respond to questions based on what was heard.

 

14 Participate and contribute to group discussions to acquire new knowledge.

• Share relevant ideas during small group discussion.

• Listen to comments of others in the group.

 

15 Recognize and compare people from varied background and cultures.

• Demonstrate respect for various cultures.

• Recognize contributions of various cultures.

• Become knowledgeable of the history of various cultures.

• Recognize similarities and differences among various cultures.