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English Language Arts, Grade 1, 2007

1.) Demonstrate phonemic awareness, including isolating, deleting, and adding phonemes; using onsets and rimes; and identifying initial, medial, and final sounds in one-syllable words.

•  Blending phonemes to produce sounds
2.) Utilize predictable letter-sound relationships to decode printed words, including words with consonant blends that require blending 3-4 phonemes into a whole word.

•  Blending sounds to form words
•  Identifying sound-spelling relationships of consonants and vowels
•  Segmenting printed words into phonemes
3.) Demonstrate vocabulary skills, including sorting words into categories and deriving word meaning from context within sentences and paragraphs.

Examples: categories--synonyms, antonyms, homonyms

•  Using new words from reading when writing and speaking
•  Recognizing words in the environment
•  Asking questions for clarification
•  Spelling correctly sight words and single-syllable, phonetically regular words
4.) Read with comprehension a variety of first-grade narrative and informational texts, including recalling information and retelling a story with beginning, middle, and end.

•  Recognizing cues provided by print
•  Making predictions from text clues
•  Stating main ideas about a topic in informational text
•  Connecting events in a story to specific life experiences
•  Monitoring comprehension during reading
•  Drawing simple conclusions
5.) Read with fluency simple passages containing simple sentences.

•  Reading 40-60 words per minute
•  Recognizing first-grade high frequency words by sight
Examples: Dolch word lists, basal reader word lists

•  Attending to end punctuation in phrasing
6.) Recognize a variety of narrative text forms, including fairy tales, adventure stories, and poetry.

•  Identifying characters, settings, problems, and solutions in a variety of texts
•  Comparing story elements through text-to-text connections
7.) Use the basic features of informational text to distinguish fact from fiction.

Examples: captions, headings, table of contents

8.) Use complete sentences to address a topic or tell a story.

•  Using graphic organizers to outline content
•  Rereading to make revisions
•  Editing for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization
•  Publishing final draft
•  Using descriptive, narrative, and expository modes of writing
•  Writing simple poems addressing a topic
9.) Use periods at the end of sentences and capitalization at the beginning of sentences and with the pronoun I.

•  Using question marks at the end of asking sentences
10.) Use a word that names a person, place, thing, or animal as the subject of a sentence.

•  Using verbs to show action
•  Using adjectives to describe
•  Identifying singular and plural nouns
11.) Exhibit proper letter formation, spacing, and letter-line placement in words and sentences.

12.) Collect information from print and nonprint resources to investigate a teacher- or student-selected topic.

Examples: nonfiction books, videos, resource persons, interviews, Web-based sources, dictionaries

•  Generating oral and written questions to gather information
•  Using parts of a book to locate information
•  Using alphabetical order to the first letter to access information
•  Interpreting information from simple charts, maps, graphs, and directions
13.) Listen for meaning in conversations and discussions, including looking at the speaker without interrupting.

•  Following two- and three-part oral directions
•  Making connections to literature read aloud
Examples: text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world

14.) Use appropriate intonation when speaking and interacting with others.

•  Using grammar and word choice appropriate for a specific audience
•  Reciting poems, rhymes, songs, and stories
•  Demonstrating the ability to take turns in a conversation
•  Expanding vocabulary reflective of a growing range of interests and knowledge
•  Using pictures, objects, music, and computer resources to present information
•  Using the writing process to prepare oral presentations
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