ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1
Teachers emphasize learning and writing the sounds associated with the 71 phonograms, the building blocks of the English language. Students regularly utilize these skills to aid themselves in reading, writing, and spelling. Letter formation and spacing, grammar skills (including parts of speech), punctuation, capitalization, compound words, and contractions are introduced and practiced. The students work on writing different kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative) in daily writing assignments and journal entries. They study descriptive and creative writing and compose short paragraphs. Dictionary and library use are introduced. The reading skill is developed through simple decodable books and later, fairy tales and stories. The first-grade students listen to classic stories, including fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio, and The Wizard of Oz. Students also enjoy other works of literature through reading assignments, which include The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Garden, Mary Mack, Snow White, and other fairy tales.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 2
Students in 2nd grade review the sounds associated with the 71 phonograms. Teachers emphasize reading, writing, and manuscript and cursive letter formation. Grammar skills, including parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, compound words, and contractions, are practiced. The students also study antonyms and synonyms, capital letters and their uses, common and proper nouns, plurals, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, synonyms and antonyms and present and past tense. The students work on writing different types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative) in daily writing assignments and journal entries. Students practice using the dictionary and thesaurus and write their first book reports. Comprehension and public speaking are addressed through the use of literature. The second grade literature is organized into unit themes that include Sharing Stories, Kindness, Look Again, Fossils, Courage, and Our Country and Its People. Stories in the units include The Library, Mushroom in the Rain, The Paper Crane, Butterfly House, The Story of Three Whales, Molly the Brave and Me, The Hole in the Dike, The Empty Pot, The Story of the Statue of Liberty and The First Americans.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
Students write their own stories and key-word outlines to develop both speaking and writing skills. Literature is read and discussed. Much attention is given to accuracy of spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and clear expression of ideas. Teachers review the 71 phonograms. They emphasize reading, writing, and manuscript and cursive letter formation. As students investigate the world of Friendship they will learn about the joys and pitfalls inherent in friendship. When students explore the City Wildlife and develop their reading skills, they will become more aware of the wildlife around them. Through Imagination they will learn the various ways people use their fantasy. When students explore Money they will use the selections in this unit as a springboard for thinking about different forms of money, how money works, and its role in people’s lives and businesses. They will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding for ethical and moral values in live. Through Storytelling they will acquire a broader knowledge base and the way in which they preserve and pass on the traditions of the past. Students have the opportunity to appreciate works of literature through reading assignments that include Secret Place, Picasso, Stuart Little, Half Magic, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Through Grandpa’s Eyes, and The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Spring.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 4
Teachers emphasize writing, grammar, punctuation, and literature and poetry studies. Students write book reports, stories, and essays. Much attention is given to accuracy of spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and clear expression of ideas using key-word outlines. Students study different writing styles and make oral presentations to become skilled and confident writers and public speakers. Students continue to utilize phonogram knowledge and spelling rules through regular spelling and vocabulary practice. Literature is read and discussed with selections including The Big Balloon Race, Poppy, A Days Work, Max Malone Makes a Million, Odd Jobs, Brainstorm, Germs Make Me Sick, Marie Curie, The First Woman Doctor, Island of the Blue Dolphins, My Grandmother’s Journey, and Frozen Fire.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 5
In this course several components of the language are treated in a more extended way than the others. These are reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. The teaching is done through abstracts from literary text and selection of actual texts relevant to the student’s age and interests. Students will be introduced to the writing process through selected strategies, which will help them to develop writing skills in a very structural way. The course also offers a variety of reading selections not only for developing reading and comprehension skills, but to motivate students to think in a creative way and to develop their skills for creative thinking and expressing attitudes towards the material itself.