Elementary School Reading/Writing Advancement (G3-5)

Lessons will be organized into 6 units.

Unit 1: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms

Students will be introduced to new vocabulary in reading activities that teach synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and idioms. This unit will build a working understanding of root words, suffixes, prefixes and reading skills. Students will be asked to identify, interpret and analyze passages.

Unit 2: Reading Comprehension

Students will learn comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts. They will learn to identify and write about characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story. They will learn about sequential order, fact and opinion, cause and effect, author’s purpose, inferences, comparing and contrasting story elements.

Unit 3: Grammar

Students will be taught noun forms (singular, plural, regular, irregular) verbs, adjectives, sentence types (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory), sentence structures (subject and predicate), subject verb agreement and proper punctuation. Students will be asked to practice writing skills while applying new knowledge.

Unit 4: Conventions of Spelling

This unit introduces students to compound words, homophones, and contractions. Students will be taught the rules of spelling and variant spelling patterns while introducing new vocabulary.

Unit 5: Speaking and Listening Skills

This unit will teach students how to listen effectively, ask appropriate questions, how to paraphrase to confirm comprehension, and how to respond to comments and questions from speakers. Students will be asked to perform an interview to demonstrate skill mastery.

Unit 6: Writing Skills

Students will be taught prewriting strategies, elements of a paragraph, research techniques and the writing process. Students will be asked to write a fictional short story, a poem, a letter and research report by using the steps of the writing process.