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English Language Arts

 

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Elementary

Curriculum

Kindergarten

  • Developing motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent, and independent readers, writers, and communicators
  • Develop skills for small group and whole group conversations
  • Apply foundational skills for reading and writing using and creating a variety of literature and informational texts

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2nd Grade

  • Developing motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent and independent readers, writers, and communicators
  • Continued development of oral language abilities and using reading and writing processes
  • Read literature and informational texts and express their thinking both orally and in writing
  • Continue to develop inquiry skills to gather, organize, summarize and share information

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4th Grade

  • Continued development of motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent and independent readers, writers, and communicators
  • Extending oral language abilities and the use of reading and writing processes
  • Read literature and informational texts
  • Share responses, express understandings and support opinions using textual evidence both orally and in writing
  • Use research skills and tools to gather, organize, summarize and present information

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1st Grade

  • Developing motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent and independent readers, writers, and communicators
  • Continued development of oral language abilities and exploring reading and writing processes
  • Read literature and informational texts and express their understandings both orally and in writing
  • Develop inquiry skills to gather, organize and share information

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3rd Grade

  • Developing motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent and independent readers, writers, and communicators
  • Extending oral language abilities and the use of reading and writing processes
  • Read literature and informational texts.
  • Express thinking and support opinions using textual evidence both orally and in writing
  • Use research skills and tools to gather, organize, summarize and share information

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5th Grade

  • The advancement of motivated, strategic, constructive, fluent and independent readers, writers, and communicators
  • Extending oral language abilities and the use of reading and writing processes
  • Read literature and informational texts.
  • Share responses, express understandings and support opinions using textual evidence both orally and in writing
  • Use research skills and tools to gather, organize, summarize and present information

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Assessment

Students in K-5 do fall, winter, and spring assessments to determine student reading levels and chart progress. The assessments are also used to group students to provide targeted instruction based on student need.

Students in 3rd Grade take a district end of year common writing assessment.

Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade take the Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) ELA test in the spring.

Learning Materials

Dual Language Schools use Pearson Ready Gen, as well as Palabras a su paso for Phonics instruction.

Non-Dual Language Schools use Heinemann, Fountas and Pinnell Classroom, as well as Wilson, Fundations for Phonics instruction.

Learn more about other approved elementary language arts materials here.

Parent Resources

Here are some tools you can use with your student at home.

iReady

Individualized practice in  phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, high frequency words and comprehension

Student Login:

Username: network username (check infinite campus)

password: Student Number

Reading Plus (Grades 3-12)

Supports visual processing, silent reading fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and writing about reading

Student Login:

Login.readingplus.com

Username: BVSD username

Password: BVSD + student #

 

Middle

Curriculum

Note: The below courses can also be taken as Advanced courses. Language Arts electives and Spanish Language Arts courses are also available. Check with your school to learn about these options.

6th Grade Language Arts6th Grade Middle Level English Language Arts focuses on the four academic standards: speaking and listening, reading for all purposes, writing and composition, and research and reasoning. This course builds upon elementary level instruction and demands increased application of skills and intellectual reasoning while reading, writing, speaking and listening. Focus studies include: analyzing literary components, examining text structures, developing vocabulary knowledge through context, organizing and structuring writing for intended audiences and purposes, informative/expository and persuasive writing, and grammar and mechanics of English language.

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7th Grade Language Arts

7th Grade Middle Level English Language Arts focuses on the four academic standards: speaking and listening, reading for all purposes, writing and composition, and research and reasoning. This course demands increased application of developing literacy skills and intellectual reasoning. Focus studies include: analyzing literary components, examining text structures, developing vocabulary knowledge through context, organizing and structuring writing for intended audiences and purposes, informative/expository and persuasive writing, grammar and mechanics of English language

Learn more about the 7th grade language Arts curriculum8th Grade Language Arts

8th Grade Middle Level English Language Arts focuses on the four academic standards: speaking and listening, reading for all purposes, writing and composition, and research and reasoning. This course is designed to prepare students for success in all high school course work requiring proficiency in the standards listed above. Focus studies include: reading interpretation and analysis of literary, informational, and persuasive texts through self- monitoring and peer/teacher dialogue; identify and use stylistic devices, such as sensory details, figurative language and tone; identify and organize ideas, supporting details, and transitional phrases within informational and persuasive texts written for a variety of audiences and purposes; employ correct grammar, usage, and mechanics in writing; and the independently navigate the research process.

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Assessment

All students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 are given a fall reading assessment to determine reading level. If students test below grade level, they are given followup assessments in the winter and spring.

All students in Grade 6,7,and 8 take the CMAS Language Arts test in the spring.

Learning Materials

Parent Resources

iReady

Individualized practice in  phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, high frequency words and comprehension

Student Login:

Username: network username (check infinite campus)

password: Student Number

Reading Plus (Grades 3-12)

Supports visual processing, silent reading fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and writing about reading

Student Login:

Login.readingplus.com

Username: BVSD username

Password: BVSD + student #

High

Curriculum

BVSD provides many course options for high school lanuage arts, including academic support, AP, IB, and debate, and yearbook options.

EXPLORE THE COURSE OPTIONS HERE

Language Arts options may vary by school. Check your school's course catalog to see what is being offered.

Assessment

All students in grades 9-10 take the PSAT and all students in grade 11 take the SAT.

All students in grade 9 take a BVSD Common Writing assessment.

 

Learning Materials

Parent Resources

Reading Plus (Grades 3-12)

Supports visual processing, silent reading fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension, and writing about reading

Student Login:

Login.readingplus.com

Username: BVSD username

Password: BVSD + student #

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