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1 English Foundations IB English Foundations IB introduces students to the following concepts: main ideas and details nouns fact and opinion five "W" questions dialogue Punctuation literary conventions synonyms transitive and intransitive verbs reading strategies in Social Studies prior knowledge topics and details possessive pronouns folktales and fables 1

2 TEACHERS' GUIDE COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Anywhere Learning System (ALS) English Foundations IB course is designed to help students achieve grade-level reading, writing, and basic academic skills. This course is also supportive of literacy development at the critical stage between decoding and comprehension from written text. The instruction provided to the student leads to improved comprehension, text handling, and solid foundational writing skills. Semester IA and IB provide a scaffold of instruction that brings the student from basic concepts to accomplished mastery of reading and writing skills, enabling the student to progress to the needed grade-level or higher. COURSE FEATURES: English Foundations IB is presented as a full semester high school course and contains eighty lessons. Sixty lessons contain a study guide, a practice, and a mastery test. Twenty lessons include writing assignments in which students apply knowledge gained in the study guide and complete a constructed response. Answer keys are available to assist teachers in grading the assignments. This course builds on English Foundations IA and contains seven units that provide a comprehensive English curriculum. Units include Main Ideas; Developing Writing Skills; Summarizing; Summarizing in Different Subjects; Inferences; Purpose in Writing; and Genre in Literature. 2

3 TEACHERS' GUIDE COURSE OBJECTIVES: The content in this course is based on Common Core Standards. Students learn to identify and correctly use all parts of speech. They also learn proper sentence construction, sentence types, and sentence parts. Punctuation guidelines are also an important part of this course. Students learn the steps of the writing process as well as the aspects of ideas, organization, voice, word choice, fluency, and conventions. Students practice writing in a variety of formats that include personal narratives, journals, newspaper writing, and descriptive writing. Students learn to identify facts and opinions and how to use them in writing. They also learn the skills of editing and proofreading to increase their writing skills. Students learn how to make informational connections with a variety of reading subjects and genres. COURSE CONTENT Course Name Number of Lessons Length of Course in Semesters Grade Levels Writing Assignments Foundations of English IB

4 Unit 1: Main Ideas 1.01 Main Ideas and Details Determine the main idea of a paragraph; recognize the topic sentence; identify and write detail and supporting sentences 1.02 Organizing Paragraphs Develop sequence and order in stories and paragraphs; using a time line and clue words 1.03 Pronunciation and Syllables Use phonetic clues and diacritical marks to identify word pronunciation; divide words into syllables 1.04 Action Verbs Determine subject and verb in sentences; definition of action verbs; identify verbs and verb usage in sentences 1.05 Sequencing- Classifying Recognize patterns in writing; sequencing and classifying; chronological and numerical order; clue words; categories 1.06 Root Words Using root words to determine meaning and pronunciation; adding prefixes and suffixes 1.07 Nouns Definition and use of nouns; identifying nouns 1.08 Predicting Outcomes Using word clues and self experience to predict outcomes 1.09 Prefixes Definition of prefix; use of the prefixes re-, un-, dis-, mis-, in-, and non Suffixes Definition of suffix; how suffixes change words; use of the suffixes -s, -ed, -ing, -able, - er, -or, -ful, -less, -y, -ly, -ment 4

5 Unit 2: Developing Writing Skills 2.01 Fact and Opinion Definitions of fact and opinion; differences and the use of each 2.02 Writing Short Reports Identifying fact and opinion; using fact and opinion in a short report; outlining a short report 2.03 Cause and Effect Definitions of cause and effect; word clues and signal words; identifying cause and effect in examples 2.04 Identifying Subjects and Predicates Sentence definition; identifying the complete subject and complete predicate, simple subject and simple predicate, and compound subjects and predicates 2.05 Writing Complete Sentences Writing complete sentences; identifying and using the subject and predicate in sentences; recognizing sentence fragments and run-on sentences; correcting run-on sentences 2.06 Problem Sentences Avoiding sentence fragments and run-on sentences 2.07 Simple and Compound Sentences Simple and compound sentences; using connecting words and correct punctuation; using a semicolon in compound sentences 2.08 Five W Questions Using the who, what, when, where, why and how questions in reading and writing 2.09 Ending Punctuation Four types of sentences and proper punctuation 2.10 Newspaper Stories Writing a newspaper story using facts and the who, what, where, when, why, and how questions 2.11 Punctuating Special Sentences Punctuation in interrogative and exclamatory sentences 5

6 2.12 Identifying Sentence Types Defining, identifying, and using declarative, imperative, exclamatory, and interrogative sentences Unit 3: Summarizing 3.01 Summarizing - Paraphrasing Definition and examples of a summary; identifying points to be included in a summary; paraphrasing 3.02 Brainstorming 3.03 Compound Words Finding and narrowing a topic for writing; using interests, personal experiences, and pictures; brainstorming and asking questions Definition and examples of compound words; separated and hyphenated compound words 3.04 Simple and Compound Sentences Recognizing simple and compound sentences 3.05 Abbreviations Capitalization and punctuation of common abbreviations: days of the week, months of the year, states, addresses, measurements Capitalizing Special Words Dialogue Punctuation Punctuation and capitalization of titles, initials, and personal pronouns Using punctuation in direct quotes and dialogue 3.08 Characterization Definition and examples of characterization and character traits; students make an inference based on characters and character traits 3.09 Figurative Language Onomatopoeia, alliteration, simile, and metaphor; poetry techniques and sound patterns 6

7 3.10 Punctuating Appositives Definition of appositive; identifying and using commas with appositives 3.11 Commas and Semicolons Using commas in bibliographies, in a series, with introductory words, and in compound sentences 3.12 Literary Conventions Literary conventions and writing genres: fantasy, folktale, fable Unit 4: Summarizing in Different Subjects 4.01 Reading Strategies in Math Reading strategies for math text: skim, take notes, study pictures, practice, summarize, review 4.02 Synonyms 4.03 Antonyms Definition and examples of synonyms; using a dictionary and thesaurus as a source for finding synonyms Definition and examples of antonyms; using a dictionary and thesaurus as a source for antonyms 4.04 Writing Strategies Writing strategies to produce a rough draft; using the 5 W questions and acrostics Transitive and Intransitive Verbs Reading Strategies in Science Definition and examples of transitive and intransitive verbs; identifying direct objects Reading strategies for science texts: use the glossary; take notes; study bolded/highlighted words, introductory paragraphs, section headers, and pictures and diagrams; review 4.07 Revising Revising; using proper punctuation and capitalization; using descriptive words, appropriate sentence types, and correct paragraph structure 7

8 4.08 Linking Verbs Definition and examples of linking verbs; commonly used linking verbs 4.09 Contractions Definition, formation, and use of contractions; use of apostrophes; commonly misused contractions 4.10 Reading Strategies in Social Studies Reading strategies for social science texts; expository writing and subject-specific vocabulary; using context clues, signal words, and sequential order; recognizing patterns 4.11 Conjunctions Definition and use of conjunctions; list of common conjunctions 4.12 Adjectives Definition and use of adjectives; proper adjectives; predicate adjectives; demonstrative adjectives; articles Unit 5: Inferences 5.01 Prior Knowledge Using prior knowledge to understand the problems and feelings of characters in stories and the importance of historical events 5.02 Sensory Words Definition and use of specific words that appeal to the senses; using observation 5.03 Drawing Conclusions Using story clues and personal experiences to draw conclusions 5.04 Paragraph Types Definition and types of paragraphs: descriptive, narrative, instructive, comparative, and contrasting; organizing a paragraph 5.05 Topics and Details Developing topic sentences and supporting details 5.06 Multiple Meanings Definition of multiple meanings; recognize the multiple meanings of words by using context clues 5.07 Context Clues Using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words 8

9 5.08 Pronouns Definition of pronouns; identify and use pronouns in a sentence; subject and object pronouns, plural and singular 5.09 Homonyms and Homophones Definition of homophones and homonyms; identify homophones in sentences 5.10 Editing and Proofreading Proofreading; editing for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling; sources for publishing 5.11 Nominative Pronouns Review linking verbs and subject pronouns; use and location of nominative pronouns 5.12 Various Pronoun Uses Review subject and predicate (object) pronouns; use of pronouns in compound subjects and compound objects 5.13 Comparative and Superlative Adjectives Review of adjectives; introduction to comparative and superlative adjectives; adding -er and -est to form adjectives 5.14 Adverbs Adverb definition; using -ly to form adverbs; determining correct use of adverbs Unit 6: Purpose in Writing 6.01 Point of View Definition for point of view; using pronouns to identify point of view; examples of first and third person points of view 6.02 Journals Using a journal to improve writing skills 6.03 Purpose in Writing Writing to describe, entertain, inform, or persuade 6.04 Letters Writing a friendly letter; 5 parts of a friendly letter; addressing an envelope 9

10 6.05 Punctuation Usage Punctuation and capitalization of dates, cities and states, and greetings and closings of friendly letters 6.06 Colons Using colons in business letters, writing clock times, and an introduced list Compare and Contrast Possessive Pronouns Definition and examples of comparing and contrasting; using signal words; understanding relationship Definition for possessive nouns and possessive pronouns; using an apostrophe to form possessive nouns; examples and rules for possessive pronouns 6.09 Story Starters Using story starters to begin the writing process 6.10 Prepositional Phrases Using prepositional phrases as adverbs 6.11 Adverbial Forms Comparative and superlative forms of adverbs; using -er and -est, more and most to form adverbial forms Unit 7: Genre in Literature 7.01 Story Elements Use major elements of story structure (beginning-middle-end, character, setting, plot) to discuss literature and write a story 7.02 Titles Creating a title for stories 7.03 Literary Forms 7.04 Narratives Literary forms: biography, autobiography, short story, and poetry; using sound devices and figurative language Determine the purpose of a narrative; identify story elements including setting, characters, problem, and resolution 10

11 Fiction and Nonfiction Connotation and Denotation Differences between fiction and nonfiction; 3 types of fiction: realistic, science, historical; nonfiction forms: biographies, autobiographies, informational books and sources, newspaper articles Definitions of denotation and connotation; determining positive and negative feeling of words; using context clues 7.07 Personal Narratives Writing a personal narrative; use of detail and sequence 7.08 Reality and Fantasy Definition of fantasy; difference between reality and fantasy; distinguish between real and make-believe 7.09 Folktales and Fables Definition and examples of tall tales, folktales, and fables; use of exaggeration 11

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