A Guide to the K-3 Language Arts Program

Understanding Grammar

What is Grammar?

Grammar is basically the rules of a language. Grammar skills help students with reading, writing, and communication skills.

How is Grammar Taught? 

Grammar is incorporated throughout each lesson as students learn the parts of speech, sentence structure, word usage, and much more.

Examples of how grammar is taught in the K-3 Language Arts courses are below:

Explicit Instruction:

Students will meet with their teacher in synchronous sessions. The teacher will use a scripted PowerPoint to explicitly teach the skills being taught for each module, this includes grammar. A sample of scripted PowerPoints is below. In the Language Arts KA Module 4 Powerpoint, students are taught about verbs. In the Language Arts 2A Module 6 Powerpoint, students learn about singular and plural nouns.

Language Arts KA Module 4 Synchronous Session

Language Arts 2A Module 6 Synchronous Session

Another example of explicit instruction is through videos within each lesson. A sample video from Language Arts KA Module 4 is below:

 

Interactive Self Check Activities:

In addition to explicit instruction, grammar is also taught through interactive self-check activities within the lesson. These activities provide students with practice and immediate feedback. One example of an interactive self-check activity is in the image below.

Reading Text

Students also learn about grammar through reading text within the lesson. For example, in the lesson below about singular and plural nouns.

How do students practice Grammar?

Students practice their grammar skills through interactive self-check activities as shown above and also through assignments.  An example of a grammar assignment is below.

How is Grammar Assessed?

Grammar is assessed in a variety of ways throughout each course.

Weekly Synchronous Sessions

Students are informally assessed when their teacher is teaching the concepts during a synchronous session. As they teach, they will observe their students to ensure they are following along and demonstrating the concepts being taught. If they notice a student is not demonstrating understanding of the concept, they will reteach and make corrections as needed.

Written Benchmark Assessments

Every 9 modules students take a Written Benchmark Assessment. A portion of each benchmark assessment would test the grammar skills taught for the selected modules.

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