LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

 

The elementary language curriculum emphasizes creative and expository writing, interpretive reading of literature and poetry. The elementary language curriculum emphasizes creative and expository writing, interpretive reading of literature and poetry. The focus is on word study, spelling, grammar, punctuation, penmanship and capitalization.  Research skills are introduced, practiced through individual project work and refined as students work with a wide range of research materials.  The computer is used for some research.   The children are encouraged to present their projects and read their stories with confidence, clarity and expression, strengthening their oral language skills. Good literature is always available in the classroom library.  The children enjoy well-written story and information books on all subject areas of the curriculum.  In addition, the classroom uses SRA Reading Comprehension books.  Students practice and use their reading and writing skills throughout the curriculum supplemented by weekly writers' workshops and daily independent reading time.