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English Language Arts

Our Curriculum Covers Both The Elementary And Middle School Levels

The aim of the program is to make students proficient in Grammar (G), Critical Reading (CR) and Writing (W), the three skills that are essential to get a good grasp of the language.

The course has four levels L1, L2, L3 and L4 covering grades 4 through 8. Each level has all the three components G, CR and W built in at appropriate levels of complexity. The student will take an Assessment Test based on which h/she will be placed in any one of the levels. The students may be moved up or down the level depending on their performance at IQ Learning.
 
The course content is designed to meet and often exceed the requirements of Texas School Boards. Summary of Course Content (Levels L1 – L4 will consist of all parts appropriately crafted together for that level).
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Part 1: Grammar

  • Parts of Speech – Identification and Function
  • Nouns: Common, Proper, Concrete, Abstract, Collective and Compound
  • Pronouns and Antecedents
  • Personal, Reflexive, Intensive, Demonstrative, Interrogative and Relative Pronouns
  • Indefinite Pronouns
  • Adjectives 
  • Identifying Adverbs vs Nouns
  • Prepositions)
  • Identifying Prepositions vs Adverbs
  • Conjunction
  • Interjection
  • Identifying Parts of Speech in Sentences
  • Analyzing Parts of Sentences: Subject, Predicate and Complement
  • Phrases
  • Clauses
  • Agreement:
  • Subject-Verb
  • Pronoun - Antecedent
  • Using Pronouns and Verbs Correctly
  • Pronoun Cases
  • Principal Parts, Tense, Voice and Mood of Verbs
  • Correct Usage and Placement of Modifiers
  • Use of Modifiers as Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
  • Capitalization and Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Editing and Proof Reading

PART 2: CRITICAL READING

  • Identifying Main Ideas and Supporting Details
  • Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
  • Identifying Parts in a Story
    • Key Events
    • Identifying Setting
    • Mood
    • Analyzing Character
  • Identifying Literary Devices
    • Flashback
    • Foreshadowing
    • Symbolism (Similes, Metaphors)
  • Identifying Themes
  • Vocabulary: General and from Context Clues
  • How to Make Predictions in a Passage

Writing

Emphasis will be to develop writing skills.

Basic Writing Skills

  • Review of essential Grammar
  • Introduction to different writing styles
    • Descriptive
    • Narrative
    • Expository
    • Persuasive
  • How to develop ideas in an interesting and coherent manner 
    • Introducing one’s own thoughts (originality) in the idea​
  • ​How to choose titles thoughtfully, and in an entertaining manner
  • How to provide key information necessary to understand the argument
  • How to structure arguments with clear introductions, transitions, middle and conclusion
  • How to support arguments with evidence
    • Using sources thoughtfully and appropriately as evidences and supports
  • How to express thoughts in simple yet clear and concise language; Emphasis will be on using the conventions of grammar, punctuation, word usage and source citation

Situational Use of the Writing Process

  • Writing and punctuating dialogue
  • Writing exposition and persuasion
  • Writing and selecting writing for contests
  • Writing and selecting writing for submission to art/literary magazines
  • Writing autobiography
  • Personal letter writing
  • Writing memoirs
  • Writing “how to” guides
  • Writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper
  • Writing a mini-book including a short story, poetry, and art

Use of Figurative Language Devices

  • Writing from a cartoon
  • Writing from a photograph
  • Writing from a prompt/Writing effective titles
  • Writing to create mood
  • Writing verse from prose writing
  • Writing rhymed and metered poetry
  • Writing short stories and character development
  • Writing description and narration

Part 3: Writing Effectively (Basic Writing Skills)

  • Review of essential grammar
  • Descriptive
  • Narrative
  • Expository

Situational Use of the Writing Process

  • Writing and punctuating dialogue
  • Writing exposition and persuasion
  • Writing and selecting writing for contests
  • Writing and selecting writing for submission to art/literary magazines
  • Writing autobiography
  • ​Personal letter writing
  • Writing memoirs
  • Writing “how to” guides
  • Writing a letter to the editor of a newspaper
  • Writing a mini-book including a short story, poetry, and art