The 1st-grade reading curriculum focuses on understanding and developing an extensive sight word vocabulary. Applying more complex phonics strategies and continue to develop their literacy skills as they learn more complex words and absorb longer, more rigorous texts in a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The writing curriculum focuses on writing competently for many purposes, using punctuation appropriately and experiencing a variety of literary genres.
What you’ll learn?
For reading, students will:
- Read more complex words, such as two-syllable words.
- Read words with common prefixes and suffixes, for example, pre-, re-, un-, –able, –ad, and –er.
- Read grade-appropriate, irregularly spelled words.
- Read a variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction, fables, and poetry.
- Understand the structure of a story, specifically the purpose of beginnings (introducing the text) and endings (concluding the text).
- Talk about characters’ responses, main events, lessons learned, and important ideas or concepts.
- Use basic punctuation when reading orally, notice own errors and begin correcting own mistakes.
- Build vocabulary by reading, use sentences to determine meaning and point of view.
- Summarize stories and discuss author’s use of word choice, simile & metaphors.
- Apply strategies to comprehend words and ideas.
For writing, students write a variety of types of texts including:
- Opinion Pieces: Students state their opinions and provide reasons to support them, closing with a conclusion.
- Students write about an event, describing actions, thoughts, and feelings, and provide a conclusion.
- Generate ideas for writing including using patterns and ideas from stories
- Write recognizable short sentences related to the main idea.
- Begin to revise writing by expanding on an idea, using word choice with the author’s voice and editing for punctuation.
- Write in complete sentences and write with a central idea organized in a logical sequence using some descriptive words.
- Begin to use spacing between words, experiment with capital letters, punctuation and spelling.
- Write with a clear beginning, middle and end as well as use paragraphs to organize ideas using a variety of sentence forms.
- Study letter writing including greeting, content, and closing.
- Continue to improve basic writing skills including proper punctuation, accurate spelling, contractions and use of the 6 Traits of Writing (voice, word choice, conventions, fluency, ideas, and organization)
About the teacher
Sara McClayton has a wide range of experience in the education field, particularly ESL. She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in English in 2009, and received a Master’s in TESOL from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2011. She has worked with students of diverse ages, levels, and linguistic backgrounds. She has taught English Language Arts to first and third grade students, as well as ESOL in a K-8 setting. She strives to meet the needs and strengths of each student through individualized, differentiated instruction. Currently, she is a lecturer at Towson University, and supervises student teachers at two Baltimore City elementary schools with high ELL populations.
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