English Language Arts (ELA)"Words - so innocent and powerless as they are standing in a dictionary,
how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one
who knows how to combine them."-Nathaniel HawthorneEnglish Language Arts is a balance of reading and writing. Our classroom uses a Readers' and Writers' Workshop model to differentiate instruction in order to meet students' individual needs.Students will focus on the following topics throughout the year:
Reminder... use the Writing Process every time you write!1. Brainstorming/Prewriting2. Rough Draft3. Edit/Proofreading4. Revision (edit and revise again if needed)5. Final Draft/PublishingTips for Reading with Comprehension:
- Nonfiction/Informative reading
- Poetry analysis
- Narrative writing
- Nonfiction writing
- Writing about reading
- Research based opinion writing
Good readers notice pieces of text that relate to or remind them of past experiences and prior knowledge.
Good readers create pictures in their minds while they read.
We use a strategy in class called "Close Reading". This strategy involves reading a selection more than once, highlighting key details, and writing notes in the margin.
Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading to better understand the meaning of text.
Good readers look for things that help them identify big ideas and why they are important.