Language Arts

Language Arts Curriculum Information

 

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LANGUAGE ARTS

OVERVIEW

FCPS elementary students are provided rich experiences in literature and composition to expand language experiences. They also develop the oral and written language skills to become lifelong learners, with instruction that includes spelling, word study, grammar and usage.

LISTENING   

Students are encouraged to repeat sounds, make words, expand vocabulary, follow directions, enjoy stories and learn new information. 

SPEAKING   

Through speaking, learners share their ideas and ask for information. Strong verbal expression skills support fluent reading and effective writing.

READING   

Students receive:

  • Explicit phonics instruction to sound out decodable words.
  • Word recognition to read words that occur often in text and develop sight vocabulary
  • Reading fluency, meaning the ability to read words smoothly and readily comprehend their meaning
  • Vocabulary skills, including use of dictionaries, thesauruses and glossaries to assist with understanding unfamiliar words
  • Comprehension  skills and strategies to help students to make meaning of what they hear and read. 
WRITING

The highest level of language development, writing requires children to communicate ideas effectively by combining their listening, speaking and reading skills.



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Fluency Brochure
Vocabulary Brochure
Glossary of Reading Terms