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