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M/J Language Arts 1

Subject: English

Course Description:

It’s Time for Exploration. That’s what you’ll do as you explore some exciting stories, folktales and heroic adventures from the past and present. Your teacher will act as your guide, while you choose the stories you like best. There are a lot of good places to find interesting stories and courageous heroes. In this course, you’ll read short stories and novels, listen to music, read newspapers, and even interview your parents. Just as important, you’ll learn to create some interesting stories of your own. There will be information about vocabulary, grammar and getting the punctuation right. There will also be plenty of opportunities to use your imagination and be creative. Good stories and interesting characters can be your friends for life. You’ll find them in every good book. You might even find you have a few good stories of your own to tell.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • Reading ProcessReading Strategies [predict, question, connect, visualize, evaluate, clarify]
  • Writing Process
  • Writing Strategies
  • Vocabulary
  • Elements of Fiction [plot, character, setting, theme, conflict]
  • Elements of Non-Fiction
  • Friendly letter writing
  • Journal writing
  • Dialogue writing
  • Types of Fiction elements [Science Fiction, Short Story, Folk Story
  • Plot Pattern [Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution]
  • Using Graphic Organizers [KWL chart, Mind map, Venn diagram
  • Interview skills
  • Paragraph writing/elements of a paragraph [topic sentence, supporting details, closing sentence, clincher]
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation [end marks, comma
  • Stages of Monomyth
  • Myth pattern
  • Mythology
  • Story moral
  • Word origins
  • Sentence structure [complete/incomplete]
  • Verb tenses [plural, singular, past, present, future]
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Print/Non-print Media
  • Standardized Test question strategies
  • Fact vs. Opinion
  • Cause and Effect in Advertising
  • Advertising Strategies
  • Elements of Expository Essay
  • Writing a 5-Paragraph Essay
  • Adjectives and Adverbs

Segment 2

  • Elements of fiction
  • Distinguish between short fiction and long fiction
  • Elements of a novel
  • Reader response writing
  • Importance of setting in a novel
  • Importance of character in a novel
  • Development of character in fiction
  • Elements of plot structure in fiction
  • Writing a news headline and lead paragraph
  • Plot Pattern in a novel [Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution]
  • Types of conflict in fiction (internal and external)
  • Propose solution to a major conflict in a novel
  • Universal themes found in literature
  • Verb tenses: present, past, and future
  • Identify vocabulary words in context
  • Persuasive writing
  • Use of persuasive vocabulary
  • Distinguish the difference between prose and poetry
  • Elements of poetry
  • Use figurative (simile, metaphor), sensory (imagery), and sound devices in poetry (rhyme, onomatopoeia)
  • Create poetry using poetry elements
  • Writing haiku
  • Prepositions, prepositional phrases, and object of the preposition
  • Poetry journaling
  • Dramatic reading of a classic
  • Features of a dramatic reading
  • Importance of voice in dramatic reading
  • Basic elements of drama
  • Compare script and story reading
  • Read aloud a one-act play
  • Purpose, set up, and construction of an advertisement for a drama
  • Elements of playbill content and design
  • Write character biography
  • Write play script
  • Conjunctions: but, or, and.
  • Write compound sentences
  • Use of a comma to separate clauses
  • Define and identify write a monologue
  • Keys to reading nonfiction
  • Elements of biography
  • Write bibliographic obituary for Harriet Tubman
  • Elements of autobiography
  • Distinguish between biography and autobiography
  • Use of a timeline of events as a biographical sketch
  • Create a photo journal autobiography
  • Write an autobiographical sketch of the future
  • Parts of speech
  • Use of punctuation marks
  • Use of commas in compound sentences
  • Use of commas in a letter
  • Resume writing basics

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, essays, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 1001010
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Recommended for 6th Grade

Estimated Completion:
2 segments/32-36 weeks