English Language Arts


    • Apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding
    • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
    • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
    • Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details (cite evidence)
    • Summarize
    • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem
    • Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events
    • Vocabulary development
    • Paraphrase, take notes, and cite evidence

    Monthly Reading Goals

    • Each and every student will be expected to  set a monthly Reading Goal
    • In order to achieve this goal, students will read daily for 20 minutes each day as part of our Balanced literacy Block.  
    • As soon as a book is finished, students complete a “Tweet”  to add to our “Read it and Tweet wall.”
    • Students will review their goal at the end of each month to examine whether or not they have met their goal.

    Balanced Literacy

    • Is an approach to teaching that emphasizes balance between reading & writing.
    • Each day “blocks” are set aside to target key areas in the Ela CCSS’s.
    • Best part? It’s differentiated!


    • Opinion pieces supporting a point of view with evidence, reasons, and information
    • Informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic
    • Narratives using descriptive details and clear event sequences
    • Use standard English conventions (complete sentences, capitalization, punctuation, correct spelling)
    • Use proper grammar (interrogative & relative pronouns, progressive verbs, modal auxiliaries, prepositional phrases,  correct order of adjectives)
    • Strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing
    • Use the Internet, to produce and publish writing demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting