Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The English Language Arts  Program  of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on the National Common  Core Standard.  As with all of our  educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation.

In the context of all ELA instruction, students are expected to use the  following practices which include:

  • read and work with a balance of informational and literary texts
  • apply reading writing skills in science and social studies
  • develop skills to read, analyze, evaluate texts that are increasingly  complex
  • support and make inferences based on text-based information
  • writing that emphasizes the use of evidence from sources to inform or  make an argument
  • build transferrable vocabulary to access grade level texts across  disciplines

The content of grade one ELA is clearly  outlined on the Diocesan Report Card.  In  addition to the content and skills, writing is highly emphasized  not only in ELA but in all subject areas.   The Common Core requires 4 types of writing – argument,  informative/explanatory and narrative.   Below you will find a strong writing sample for this  grade level that is the expected performance  on an opinion writing task. Owl Moon   When  you go owling you don’t need words, or worm or anything, but hope.  This is the book of Owl Moon.  This book is written by Jane Yolen.  I like that phrase Because The boy was happy  because he go to owling and hes been wonted to go owling for a long time and he  finally got to go. When other kids happy that makes me  happy.  I like it Because it makes me  feel good Because you don’t haf’t to have words to go owling but you haf’t to  have hope to see an owl.

Criteria used to evaluate this piece  as a strong writing sample include:

  • introduces  the topic (with some words from the book) and the title
  • states  an opinion about the book and supplies reasons to support the opinion
  • uses  linking words to connect opinion and reasons
  • provides  a concluding statement
  • demonstrates  growing good command of the conventions of standard written English