English, Houghton Mifflin
The basis of the Language Arts curriculum is a working knowledge of the eight parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. In fifth grade subject, object, and simple possessive pronouns are studied along with the concepts of gender and case. Punctuation and penmanship are reviewed and stressed at all levels.
The writing process is reviewed and used in a variety of ways. Writing friendly letters, business letters, thank you notes, answers to essay questions, directions, and persuasive and opinion essays are some examples of using the writing process. Complete paragraph writing, including main idea and supporting details, is reviewed and utilized. Proofreading and editing are employed at all times and are supported in the weekly spelling lessons.
Research projects are a large part of the writing process. Each step of the research process is taught and practiced in class.