In the primary grades, the balanced, comprehensive program teaches reading through explicit instruction in phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. Students develop an understanding of the elements of narrative text (character, plot, setting, and theme). Writing instruction is integrated with the reading program, which incorporates high-quality children’s literature. The writing process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing is the focus of writing instruction and application. Direct, systematic skill instruction is integral to reading and writing development at this stage.
Language Arts I