Tentative Schedule – English & Reading


Language Arts

English Composition



Week #1

1. Nouns: Concrete vs. Abstract Nouns; Common and Proper Nouns; Singular and Plural Nouns; Collective Nouns

2. Definite and Indefinite Articles

3. Pronouns and Their Various Formats; Contractions

4. Action, Linking, and Helping Verbs

5. Various Tenses of Verbs (Past, Present, and Future) and Often Confused Verbs

1. Noun Classifications, Irregular Plurals; Countable vs. Uncountable Nouns; Infinitives in the Place of Nouns, Gerunds; Noun-Verb Agreement

2. Action, Helping, Modal Verb, and Linking Verbs

3. Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

4. Direct and Indirect Objects; Subject and Object Pronouns

5. Verb Tenses: Present Perfect Tense, Past Perfect, and Future Perfect Verb Tenses

6. Punctuation and Capitalization

Brainstorming and Planning

1. Choosing and Supporting a Topic or Point of View

2. Determining Purpose; Deciding on a Theme

3. Choosing from a Variety of Writing Styles

4. Finding Information

5. Adhering to the Topic and Theme

6. Taking Effective and Efficient Notes

7. Recognizing Elements that Capture the Reader’s Attention

1. Sequencing; Recognizing the Pattern

2. Making Predictions; Recognizing Cause and Effect

3. Understanding the Main Idea

4. Recognizing Supporting Details; Differentiating between Fact and Opinion

5. Using a Variety of Context Clues for Such Purposes As Deciphering Meaning and Inferring the Author’s Point of View

6. Vocabulary: Roots, Suffixes, and Prefixes

1. Differentiating between a Variety of Thematic Passages and Writing Styles

2. Evaluating Understanding; Analyzing Cohesiveness of the Passage

3. Recognizing the Main Idea, Supporting Details,
Topic Sentences, and Thesis Statements

4. Sifting through Information

5 . Recognizing the Various Points of View, Author’s Purpose, and Tone of the Passage in a Literary Work

6. Etymology: Latin Roots

Week #2

1. Subject-Verb Agreement

2. Types of Statements

3. Conjunctions; Simple and Compound Subjects and Predicates

4. A Variety of Clauses, Such As Dependent and Independent Clauses

5. Capitalization and Punctuation Rules, Including the Differentiation in Use between Commas, Colons, and Semi-Colons

1. Simple and Compound Subjects and Predicates

2. Possessive Nouns

3. Agreement of Personal Pronouns with Their Antecedents

4. More Classifications of Pronouns, including Reflexive, Reciprocal, Demonstrative, and Relative Pronouns

5. Verb Tenses: Present Continuous, Past Continuous, and Future Continuous Verb Tenses

6. Punctuation and Capitalization

Organizing and Drafting

1. Categorizing Ideas and Using a Variety of Graphic Organizers and Workable Outlines

2. Classifying and Using Objective Supporting Details

3. Forming an Impactful Thesis or Topic Sentence, as well as an Effective Conclusion

4. Understanding the Importance of Syntax and Parallelism in Writing

5. Using Productive Transitions

6. Using Various Forms of Imagery

1. Reading a Variety of Content, Such As Different Types of Poetic Writings, Charts and Graphs, and Passages

2. Summarizing the Reading Content

3. Analyzing Questions and Forming Responses Using the SQ3R Approach

4. Differentiating between Different Types of Literary Works and Genres

5. Recognizing and Understanding the Author’s Purpose

6. Vocabulary: Synonyms and Antonyms

1. Annotating Reading Passages

2. Recognizing Key Words, Syntax. And Other Key Literary Elements

3. Organizing and Sequencing

4. Summarizing and Paraphrasing

5. Understanding Charts and Other Visual Representations Integrated into Passages

6. Creating Graphic Organizers Mentally and on Paper

7. Etymology: Greek Roots

Week #3

1. Adjectives and Adverbs; Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs

2. Prepositional Phrases, Objects of Prepositions

3. Direct and Indirect Objects

4. Appositive, Participial, Gerund, and Infinitive Phrases

5. More Punctuation Rules

1. Adjectives vs. Adverbs

2. Types of Adjectives, Including Attributive, Predicate and Interpolated Adjectives; Participles Used as Adjectives

3. A Variety of Phrases and Clauses, Including Adjectival Phrases, and Subordinate and Coordinate Clauses

4. Complete Subjects and Predicates

5. Phrasal Verbs; Prepositional Phrases and Objects of Prepositions

6. Punctuation and Capitalization


1. Checking for Such Factors As Cohesiveness to the Theme, Tone, Purpose

2. Adding Relevant Information through Sentences or Words

3. Eliminating Irrelevant Information

4. Enhancing Written Work by Reviewing Sentence Structure, Parallelism, Placement and Choice of Transitions, Consistency, Unity of Paragraphs, and Support

5. Eliminating Wordiness and Redundancy

1. Recognizing Fiction vs. Non-Fiction Literary Works

2. Distinguishing Universal Story Elements/ Various Commonly Pronounced Components Within Stories

3. Differentiating Actions, Feelings, Needs, and Desires from a Literary Passage

4. Understanding the Purpose of Imagery

5. Recognizing Various Types of Conflict

6. Vocabulary: Using Analogies

1. Analyzing the Character of a Literary Work

2. Distinguishing the Conflict, Plot, Climax, and Resolution

3. Determining the Writer’s Tone: Indicative vs. Subjunctive Moods; Active vs. Passive Voice

4. Differentiating between Types of Conflict

5. Recognizing the Protagonist and the Antagonist of the Literary Work

6: Etymology: Deciphering Word Meanings through an Analysis of Prefixes and Suffixes

Week #4


1. Complete Statements

2. Complex Statements

3. Sentence Diagrams

4. Clauses and Phrases

5. Punctuation and Capitalization

1. Commonly Confused Verbs

2. Declarative, Imperative, Interrogative, and Exclamatory Statements

3. Phrase Connectors

4. Types of Conjunctions

5. Complex Sentence Diagrams

6. Punctuation and Capitalization Review


1. Improving Writing through a Review of Such Factors as Grammar, Punctuation, Misspellings, Inconsistencies, and Formatting

2. Creating a Final Draft

3. Creating a Presentation

4. Considering Plausible Arguments and Developing Counter-Arguments

5. Anticipating Reader’s Response

1. Reading a Variety of Poetry

2. Understanding the Importance of Spacing and Placement in Poetry

3. Using a Variety of Figurative Language

4. Creating a Variety of Poetry, Such As Metaphors, Similes, Haikus, Onomatopoeia, and Idioms

5. Vocabulary: Homophones

1. Reasoning

2. Problem-Solving

3. Making Inferences

4. Forming Deductions

5. Making Predictions and Avoiding Generalizations

6. Etymology: Fun with Words