Shurley English (Kindergarten)

Shurley English kindergarten curriculum provides many basic kindergarten skills as well as an introduction to parts of speech and simple writing projects which will provide a foundation for the grammar and writing skills found in the first grade Adventures in Language curriculum.  The program is presented in an interesting and fun way which incorporates movement, speaking and listening, fine motor development, jingles to facilitate learning, visual discrimination, reinforcement of letter recognition, auditory discrimination, and connections to the community and world around us. 

Adventures in Language I (1st Grade)

Adventures in Language I is a direct instruction program with a focus on punctuation, grammar and usage, and introductory sentence and paragraph structure. The program goals include:

  • Development of vocabulary and general knowledge base (with connections to Core Knowledge curriculum).  
  •  Practice using correct oral language skills
  •  Study skills in using a dictionary and word bank
  •  Skills to determine correct sentence structure with application to students' own writing
  •  Editing punctuation, capitalization, and correct grammar usage
  •  Introduction of parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives)
  •  Letter writing practice
  •  Opportunities to be successful story and report writers through the use of writing frames and guided writing activities

 Adventures in Language I provides the introduction to the expanded skills found in Levels II through IV.

 Adventures in Language Level II (2nd grade)

 Level II continues to build upon skills mastered in Level I and further increases general knowledge.  Program goals include:

  •   Mastery of word usage
  •   Learning sentence types
  •   Parts of speech
  •   Paragraph writing
  •   Report writing
  •   Project writing
  •   Introduction to the formal writing process including:
  • Editing
  • Evaluating
  •   Using the Six Trait System

 Level II also includes references to the Core Knowledge curriculum.


Adventures in Language Level III (3rd Grade)

Level III continues with further vocabulary development, word usage skills and parts of speech.  Sentence formulas are introduced in this level.  Students are taught figurative language (similes, alliteration, and onomatopoeia).  Writing for fluency is added in this level.  There is a continued emphasis on the writing process, punctuation, capitalization, proofreading, and editing.  Once again, Core Knowledge connections are also included.

Adventures in Language Levels IV-A and IV-B (4th & 5th Grade) 

Levels IV-A & B concentrate heavily on correct oral and written language skills.  Students will master many different grammar and word usage skills (e.g., subject/verb agreement, noun/ pronoun agreement, correct use of pronouns).

Students will practice proof reading for punctuation, capitalization and usage errors at an advanced level.  There are many opportunities for written expression throughout the program at this level.  Writing assignments are evaluated on content, organization, and mechanics.  Advanced study of sentence structure, parts of speech and sentence formulas are included.  Students experience various writing styles i.e., narratives, letters, poetry, expository, descriptive, persuasive, and journal writing.  The writing process continues in an advanced stage.  Study skills in these levels include use of the dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas, and almanac.  As in all previous levels, Core Knowledge connections are included.

 Language 5

Fifth grade language focuses on grammar and basic composition to prepare for middle school writing.  Textbooks and workbooks used are Basic English Composition, Adventures in Language IVB, Trait Crate, and Easy Grammar 4.

Quarter 1:      Introductory writing exercises, biography writing, parts of speech, paragraph development                                  

  Quarter 2:      Writer’s Workshop, parts of speech, paragraph development (continued), multi-paragraph writing, vocabulary building,   Trait Crate, writing process including brainstorming, drafting, proofreading, re-writing, and conferencing

Quarter 3:      Various writing exercises using graphic organizers, proofreading checklists, editing checklists, and writing prompts

Quarter 4:      Moving from “technical” to creative writing, enhancing writing by the use of metaphors, similes, descriptive language, comparisons, exaggerations, and transitions

Language 6

Easy Grammar Plus is the text used for the grammar components of Language 6.  High Performance Writing is the curriculum used for specific writing assignments at this level. 

  Quarter 1:   Study skills, punctuation, capitalization, pre-requisites for basic diagramming. 

Quarter 2:    Writer’s Guide, intensive parts of speech instruction, diagramming.

                 Quarter 3:      Expository writing, report writing, descriptive writing, publishing, diagraming

                 Quarter 4:      Speeches:  Informative, instructional, demonstration speeches, diagraming

Language 7

 Easy Grammar Plus is the text used for the grammar components of Language 7.  High Performance Writing is the curriculum used for specific writing assignments at this level.  Elements of Writing appendices are used for diagraming, Daily Grams is used for opening exercises, “brain starters,” and review.       

Quarter 1:    Diagramming, student generated sentences for diagramming, examples of writing genres, narrative writing, storytelling, speeches, time management, and organization

           Quarter 2:     Practical writing, including writing a resume and doing job interviews

         Quarter 3:      Persuasive writing (advertisements, persuasive speeches), diagramming.

            Quarter 4:      Speeches, diagraming

           All writing assignments will be done with MLA formatting.

 Language 8

           Quarter 1:      Elements of Writing lessons 12-36 for review, Writer’s Guide, diagramming review.

           Quarter 2:      Narrative writing, group projects involving student generated narratives from different genres, i.e., mystery, romance,  historical,  a personl biography, all of which are “published.”

                   Quarter 3:      Research project

              Quarter 4:      Persuasive writing and speeches (“sales pitches and commercials). Other activities as time allows:  Vocabulary building, mock   elections, debates

             All writing assignments will be done with MLA formatting.