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The Parts of Speech Series — An Essential Classroom Component for Common Core Instruction
The Common Core Language strand includes four domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Common Core also emphasizes two objectives of grammar instruction—accuracy and consistency. The standards state that students “…must gain control over many conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics, as well as learn other ways to use language to convey meaning…” Many of the standards in the Language strand require students to have a clear understanding of all parts of speech, as well as choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.
In order to prepare students to meet the grammar requirements of accuracy and consistency, teachers need specific educational resources. The five books in our Parts of Speech SeriesTM are excellent instructional resources for students to attain mastery of grammar, language usage, and the ability to convey meaning through oral and written communication.
Now that Common Core has been implemented, teachers will also need access to materials that span the grade levels, so that students in higher levels, who were unable to master grammar fluency in lower levels, are given the instruction they need. The materials a teacher chooses must also allow students to develop grammatical fluency across all four Common Core domains—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The Parts of Speech Series supports these needs as well, spanning grade levels 3-8.
The five books in the Parts of Speech Series not only promote and develop mastery of the essential parts of speech, they also foster the skills necessary for students to apply these skills across the four domains specified in the Common Core standards—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Communication skills are a real-world necessity, especially in the competitive technological age in which today’s students must one day thrive—another reason the Parts of Speech Series is a vital component of the 21st century classroom.
The self-guided lessons in the five books in the Parts of Speech Series provide flexibility for various forms of instruction. They are also appropriate for after-school, summer school, parent support, and tutoring programs. Check out our product description to learn more about how this series equips students with the core language skills they need to succeed across all curriculum content areas.
The Parts of Speech Series includes the following reproducible resources:
•All You Need to Know About Nouns (48 pages)
•All You Need to Know About Verbs (48 pages)
•All You Need to Know About Adjectives and Adverbs (50 pages)
•All You Need to Know About Pronouns (50 pages) *
•All You Need to Know About Prepositions, Conjunctions, and
Interjections (56 pages)*
*Available on our website at newtoneducationgroup.com
The five resource books in The Parts of Speech Series, all of which can be found at www.newtoneducationgroup.com, may be used in any order to meet specific student needs in building vocabulary and grammar fluency, as well as language and writing competency.
Each resource book includes a license to reproduce the materials for one classroom. Additional licenses can be purchased for multiple classrooms.
The Parts of Speech Series
The five resource books are on-level for students in grades 4 through 6. Also, they may be used to instruct younger students needing more challenge and older students needing further reinforcement and/or remediation.
The Parts of Speech Series complements a variety of instructional approaches, including a learner-centered environment, differentiated instruction, self-guided practice, one-on-one mentoring, as well as paired and group learning experiences.
Aligned with Common Core Language Arts Standards
Our program offers:
•A pretest and post test to assess student progress and target instruction
•Guided lessons that provide the option for students to work independently and at their own pace
•Seamless implementation into current instruction
•Classroom flexibility for personalized learning and differentiated instruction
•Concepts that are continually reinforced with tips and review lessons
•Opportunities for paired and group learning experiences
Each book in The Parts of Speech Series is comprised of six parts.
Part 1: Guided Lessons
Scaffolded instruction allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of key concepts as they work through each lesson. The activities in each lesson build upon concepts in previous lessons, so that students acquire new skills while reinforcing those they have already practiced.
Part 2: Directed Review Activities
Students review the concepts of the Guided Lessons in a more structured, less exploratory approach. Students discover their strengths as they build skill awareness.
Part 3: Final Review
Students complete a two-page review of the key concepts practiced and acquired.
Part 4: Optional Pretest and Post Test
The data provided by the Pretest reveals a student’s strengths and weaknesses, while the Post Test reveals progress and mastery. This information is particularly useful when implementing differentiated or learner-centered instruction.
Part 5: Answer Key
All answers are provided in an Answer Key at the back of each resource book. Suggestions for open-ended responses are also provided.
Part 6: Quick Check
Quick Check is a student resource that summarizes the key characteristics unique to each part of speech. Students are encouraged to keep the Quick Check resource near-at-hand while working across the curriculum. Students will find this resource valuable for completing reading assignments, writing reports, and self-editing.
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