Elementary School Concepts for Language Arts

 

In elementary school, Language Arts classes focus on basic reading, writing, and linguistic / communication skills. Periods of sustained reading, cursive writing, syntax, thematic writing and vocabulary are all major focal points of elementary lessons. Through these exercises, children are expected to develop reading and writing skills at an early age.

In the elementary lessons, children can expect to learn the following:

Commas 

Sentence Types  
Nouns 
Adjectives 
Verbs
Pronouns
Adverbs 
Homophones 
Synonyms 
Antonyms 
Apostrophes 

 


Dashes
Addresses 
Capitalization 
Sensory Details
Fragmented Sentences 
Run-on Sentences 
Confused Wording 
Multiple Meaning Words
Usage Errors 
Titles 
Simple and Compound Sentences  

Middle School Concepts for Language Arts

In middle school, the English curriculum evolves and expands to include more complicated reading comprehension such as fiction, poetry, and essays. In addition, grammar and semantics become the focal point of the lessons, and students begin to foster writing skills that encompass poetry, expository writing and creative writing. Students in middle school are expected to expand vocabularies and develop a mature grasp of the five categories of Language Arts.

In the middle school lesson, students can expect to learn the following:

Restrictive and Non Restrictive Elements 
Semicolons
Colons 
Hyphens 
Suffixes 
Prefixes 
Complex Sentences 
Pronouns Shifts
Subject and Predicate

Shades of Meaning
 


Subject-verb Agreement 
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Figurative Language 
Quotations and Dialogues
Planning, Organizing and Writing
Redundancy
Book Reviews 
Paragraph Creation 
Essay Writing 

 

High School Concepts for Language Arts

High school students take mandatory English classes in which they are expected to develop analytical skills. Classes generally revolve around reading novels, essays, and other forms of literature, and require students to analyze, interpret and discuss elements like theme, characters and plot. Proficient writing skills are necessary at this point as these discussions of literature typically manifest in the form of an essay or research paper. High school English is a comprehensive study, combining the five skills of Language Arts in order to understand literature and its value.

In the high school lessons, students can expect to learn the following:

Ellipses 
Direct and Indirect Objects 
Phrases and Clauses 
Analogies 
Correlative Conjunctions
Green and Latin Roots 
Vague Pronoun References 
Parallel Structure 
Claims and Evidence 

 

 
Point of View 
Peer Review 
Context Clues
References and Bibliographies
Author Purpose and Tone
Plagiarism Scan
Novel Study 
Research Writing
Critical Writing 
Analytical Writing