HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS COURSE OF STUDY
MINIMUM REQUIRED CONTENT MASTERY DOCUMENTATION FORM
STUDENT NAME: STUDENT NUMBER:
STUDENT GRADE: SCHOOL YEAR:
(Teacher: Complete Date of Mastery of Skill Area (shaded area) only after all sub-skills has been checked.)
1. EXHIBIT AN AWARENESS OF THE CONCEPT OF STORY.
1.1 Associating written words with a story.
1.2 Relating personal experience to picture text.
1.3 Identifying with characters or events in a story.
1.4 Beginning to recognize elements of a story.
2. DEMONSTRATE CURIOSITY ABOUT PRINT IN THE
2.1 Recognizing signs, logos, and words.
2.2 Comparing similarities and differences in letters and words.
3. EXHIBIT KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONVENTIONS OF
3.1 Turning pages from front to back.
3.2 Recognizing where print begins on a page.
3.3 Following print from left to right.
3.4 Becoming aware of spacing in words and sentences.
3.5 Differentiating letters from words.
4. DEVELOP PHONEMIC AWARENESS.
4.1 Counting sounds in words.
4.2 Manipulating the sounds of the English language (examples:
signing, making rhymes and rhythms).
5. RECOGNIZE AND NAME UPPER- AND LOWER-CASE
6. DEMONSTRATE AN INITIAL UNDERSTANDING OF
6.1 Understanding the letter-sound correspondence.
6.2 Identifying consonant sounds.
7. BEGIN TO USE A VARIETY OF EARLY READING
7.1 Practicing with decodable texts.
7.2 Recognizing high-frequency words.
7.3 Using predictable texts.
7.4 Recognizing and using print in the environment.
8. EXHIBIT AN AWARENESS OF PATTERNS IN THE
8.1 Exhibiting an understanding of story structure (example: retelling
and dictating stories).
8.2 Recognizing patterns in sentences (examples: using predictable
books; participating in choral readings, chants, and rhymes).
8.3 Recognizing sound-print relationships (example: using
approximate spellings in their own writings).
9. BEGIN TO USE PICTURES AND TEXT TO GAIN MEANING
FROM WRITTEN MATERIAL.
9.1 Connecting text, message heard, or material viewed to prior
knowledge and experiences.
9.2 Tracking (pointing to individual words) in familiar story to locate a
9.3 Recalling information (examples: characters, character traits,
setting, details, main idea, beginning and ending of stories).
9.4 Retelling a story
9.5 Predicting words and phrases in a story using pictures and other
9.6 Creating mental images while reading
9.7 Answering teacher- and peer-generated questions.
10. HANDLE BOOKS AND MEDIA RESPONSIBLY.
11. RECOGNIZE THAT LITERATURE AND OTHER
MATERIALS FROM VARIOUS CULTURES MAY REFLECT
DIFFERING VALUES, BELIEFS, INTERESTS, AND
12. EXHIBIT AN AWARENESS THAT INFORMATION MAY BE
OBTAINED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES.
Examples: resource people, graphs, pictures, books, newspapers,
electronic media, field trips
13. GAIN AN AWARENESS OF OTHERS THROUGH
EXPOSURE TO WRITTEN, SPOKEN, AND VISUAL FORMS
Examples: videos, author studies, children’s literature, educational
television, stage drama, student publications
14. DEMONSTRATE AN INTEREST IN AND ENJOYMENT OF
LITERATURE IN A VARIETY OF FORMS, CONTEXTS, AND
14.1 Participating in reading activities in all content areas Examples:
big books, predictable books, author studies, informational books
14.2 Participating in arts education activities Examples: live drama,
drawing, music, puppetry
14.3 Participating in listening activities Examples: interactive videos,
14.4 Attending with interest to works of literature presented orally
Examples: stories, poems, drama
14.5 Participating in discussions of stories read, heard, or viewed
15. USE APPROPRIATE LISTENING AND SPEAKING
15.1 Showing an interest in what others have to say
15.2 Looking at speaker/audience
15.3 Responding appropriately to material read, heard, or viewed
15.4 Using grammar, expression, and words appropriate to audience
15.5 Generating questions
15.6 Following directions
16. USE BEGINNING STUDY STRATEGIES.
16.1 Identifying parts of books
16.4 Interpreting simple charts and graphs
17. EXHIBIT EXPANDED VOCABULARY AND SENTENCE
17.1 Exploring reading and writing through interactions with language
Examples: engaging in shared reading and writing, participating in
group discussions, asking questions for clarification, participating
in read-alouds, retelling or dramatizing stories
17.2 Using new vocabulary in speaking and writing
17.3 Recognizing when simple sentences fail to make sense
18. BEGIN TO USE ELEMENTS OF THE WRITING PROCESS.
Examples: drawing, brainstorming, role-playing, discussing, stringing
letters together to express thought, using approximate spellings,
sharing own work by reading or displaying work
19. USE WRITING SKILLS.
19.1 Manipulating various writing tools Examples: pencils, markers,
19.2 Forming letters
20. EXPRESS MEANING THROUGH WRITING.
20.1 Drawing pictures
20.3 Writing strings of letters
20.4 Approximating spelling
20.5 Developing a collection of correctly spelled high-frequency words
21. WRITE UPPER- AND LOWER-CASE LETTERS.
22. VERBALIZE CORRECT PERSONAL DATA.
22.1 Full name
22.3 Phone number
22.5 Date of birth
22.6 Parents’ names
23. EXPRESS MEANING THROUGH A VARIETY OF
Examples: sharing experiences, creating and reading own stories, role
playing, discussing class work, interacting at learning centers,
participating in puppetry, using poetry, dictating personal stories, writing
24. EXHIBIT PHONEMIC AWARENESS BY IDENTIFYING AND
CATEGORIZING PHONEMES, BY ORALLY BLENDING
PHONEMES INTO ONE-SYLLABLE WORDS, BY
SEGMENTING ONE-SYLLABLE WORDS INTO
PHONEMES, AND BY RHYMING.
25. DEMONSTRATE LETTER-SOUND ASSOCIATION BY
MATCHING LETTERS TO CORRESPONDING SPOKEN
SOUNDS AND BLENDING LETTER SOUNDS INTO ONE-
SYLLABLE WORDS, USING PRINTED MATERIALS.
Examples: initial consonant sounds, final consonant sounds, medial
short vowel sounds
26. IDENTIFY UPPER- AND LOWER-CASE LETTERS.
27. USE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE AND REPRESENT REAL-
LIFE OBJECTS AND ACTIONS.
Example: using words that describe location, size, color, and shape
27.1 Using a variety of emergent reading materials Examples: picture
books, predictable texts, decodable text, print in the environment
27.2 Learning new words through stories and explicit instruction
27.3 Recognizing kindergarten high-frequency words in print Examples:
Dolch list, lists provided with basals
28. DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION OF PASSAGES
HEARD BY RETELLING STORIES AND BY ANSWERING
28.1 Recalling information Examples: characters, settings, details,
main ideas, beginning and ending of story
28.2 Making predictions
28.3 Responding to stories by asking questions, discussing ideas, and
relating events to daily life
28.4 Identifying correct sequence of events after hearing a story read