ARE YOU A WHIRLING DERVISH?
Some poor souls spend their language arts periods in pursuit of a maniacal dervish spinning madly from one topic to the next. A few days are spent exploring the correct business letter format; then there's another couple of days delving into the secrets of the noun clause; and then there's a two-day investigation into the types of prepositional phrases; and before jumping wholeheartedly into a short story unit, there's a light review of linking verbs. In this scenario, the language arts curriculum seems nothing more than a hodgepodge of unrelated information, and before too long, the poor souls run out of gas and call it quits.
Why not present the language arts curriculum in a logical and sequential sequence?
Attached is a field-tested blueprint for teacher and student success. Present these lessons in the prescribed order and ensure they are supported by strong instructional resources that make students stand in the deep current of the Language Arts River long enough to soak their waterproof boots thoroughly. Ford your learners unhurriedly and repeatedly through the deepest sections of the watercourse if you desire success.