Language Arts in Room 4
Students study literature through the integrated thematic lens of Systems. In addition to reading novels that offer multiple and diverse viewpoints on Systems, students explore perseverance and character through articles, essays, and research. Texts are complemented with small group and whole class discussions that facilitate depth and complexity. Students have opportunities to present ideas orally, in writing, and through multimedia presentations, while developing their writing through peer and instructor conferences throughout the drafting and revision process. Through purposeful, guided inquiry, students gain a deeper understanding for the power of literature.
Skills we focus on include the following:
- Use books, periodicals, websites, library databases, and other sources to conduct research projects individually and in groups.
- Synthesize, categorize, and summarize information orally and in writing.
- Integrate academic language in research projects with source lists and bibliographies.
- Read differentiated texts individually and as a group to practice interacting with fiction and nonfiction text annotation.
- Apply strategies of sequencing, connecting, visualizing, predicting, questioning, and summarizing, as well as strategies of inferring, comparing/contrasting, and critiquing.
- Improve comprehension with strategies of inferring and analyzing.
- Practice self-monitoring understanding while reading.
- Consider author’s purpose, multiple perspectives, and audience, and recognize literary devices.
- Identify themes to analyze texts.
- Compose across genres and perspectives.
- Write clear, coherent paragraphs with evidence supported thesis that consider audience and purpose.
- Practice guided and scaffolded peer review and constructive feedback to publish work within a specific deadline through the writing process.
- Integrate multimedia components to support informative compositions.
- Utilize storytelling techniques, descriptive details, and clear sequencing to write compelling and creative narratives.
Grammar and Conventions
- Identify and use
- relative pronouns (e.g. who, whose, whom, which, that).
- relative adverbs (e.g. where, when, why).
- descriptive prepositional phrases (e.g. in the air, down the block, on the grass).
- synonyms and antonyms.
- Distinguish among commonly confused words (e.g. to, two, too or they’re, their, there).
- Integrate sentence variety including compound and complex sentences.
- Recognize and correct run-on sentences and fragments.
- Appropriately integrate dialogue with the use of indentation, commas, and quotation marks.