Teach the first page and students do all the other pages independently.
Adjust this assignment to last for 13-26 weeks.
Students can use resource books or the internet.
This activity is great for a weekly assignment done either at home or in school. Each week students gather words that start with the letter for that week's page and then they must craft a sentence that follows a format to reinforce learning of the parts of speech, independent and dependent clauses, appositives, and prepositional phrases. For the first page (letter a) the teacher will show the students how to generate the lists of words that start with "a" to fill in the first section of the worksheet. Once that is complete, students must create from those words a sentence that uses words that start with "a" in a sentence that is both meaningful and grammatically correct. Then each student uses a half sheet of white copy paper to make the first page of an original book that they will write and illustrate.
Once the teacher has taught the first page, the students will be able to follow the same format as they work on the pages for the other letters of the alphabet. Teachers can reinforce learning along the way with mini lessons about the parts of speech, clauses, and phrases.
Four assessments are included with answer keys, plus blank assessments if the teacher wants to use a student written sentence for the test. The teacher saves the pages until the end when they are passed back and glued into books.
Each page offers practice for the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts which are assessed about every four or five weeks.
This kit includes:
* A blank worksheet the includes a section to list possible words that start with the letter assigned that week and a section with a pattern to use those listed words to generate one sentence that includes independent and dependent clauses, appositives, prepositional phrases, proper and common nouns, action verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
*Four assessments with answer keys to check student knowledge of the parts of speech and phrases and clauses.
*Additional blank assessments where the teach can insert student generated sentences for motivation and fun.
*Instructions on how to use this activity as homework, seat work, or a combination of cooperative group and independent work.
*A flexibility to have students use reference books or the internet or both.
*A one page reference sheet to remind students of the various functions of the parts of speech that also lists subordinating conjunctions appropriate for this assignment and possible prepositions that can be used.
*A list of the Common Core Standards for Language Arts that are practiced and reinforced.
*A way to add Academic Vocabulary into the weekly assignment.
Common Core Standards for this Packet
L.4.3. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
a. Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.*
L.5.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
c. Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions.
L.5.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
b. Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
e. Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed
L.5.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases and to identify alternate word choices in all content areas. CA
L.5.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition)
L.6.1.c. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.*
L.6.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
a. Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/ parenthetical elements.*
Key Shifts in English Language Arts | Common Core State Standards Initiative
Closely related to text complexity and inextricably connected to reading comprehension is a focus on academic vocabulary: words that appear in a variety of content areas (such as ignite and commit). The standards call for students to grow their vocabularies through a mix of conversation, direct instruction, and reading. They ask students to determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their range of words and phrases. Vocabulary and conventions are treated in their own strand not because skills in these areas should be handled in isolation, but because their use extends across reading, writing, speaking, and listening.