English Language Arts I


This course primary emphasis is on the careful reading and analysis of literature from various literary selections. Students also gain further experience in narrative, descriptive, and essay writing. They will continue to develop their vocabulary and to refine their understanding and use of their formal English grammar and mechanics.


Ch.1 – Reading: Informational Literature
Locating Reference Sources
Table of Contents and Indexes
Fact and Opinion
Evaluate Text: Facts, Opinions and Exaggerations
Main Idea – Relevant vs. Irrelevant Information
Main Ideas and Supporting Details
Condense, Combine, or Categorize New Information
Identify Information That is Implied Rather Than Stated
Facts and Opinions
Text Features
Use Text Features to Understand Informational Texts
Recognize Organizational Formats
Main Idea and Critical Details of Expository Text
Functional Text
Locate Details
Draw Conclusions and Make Inferences
Persuasive Strategies
Author’s Purpose in Writing
Locate Information Using Organizational Features
Distinguish Fact from Opinion in Persuasive Text
Missing Information
Identifying Text Features in Functional Text
Interpret Graphic Features
Identify the Author’s Purpose (Expository Text)
Knowledge of Structure, Content and Vocab
Reading: Informational Literature Test

Ch.2 – Reading: Literature
Identify the Components of a Plot
Identify the Theme
Aspects of the Setting
Author’s Point of View
Distinguish Between Major and Minor Characters
Structural Elements of Poetry
Creating Feelings in Text
Literary Terms and Author’s Message
Various Genres
Identify Literary Elements
Reading: Literature Test

Ch.3 – Language
Multiple Meaning Words
Effect of Root Words and Affixes
Context Clues: Unfamiliar Words
Meanings and Features of Words
Thesaurus: Synonyms and Antonyms
Use Context to Identify Multiple Meaning Words
Language Test


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