Language Arts

This category includes language arts related lesson plans, lessons, worksheets, and other teaching material, activities, and resources. Topics include basic handwriting, reading, writing, reading comprehension, English grammar, and other related topics.

BASIC LANGUAGE ARTS LESSONS

CLASSIFYING - LETTER RECOGNITION - HANDWRITING

 

Classifying, Writing, Recognition

Basic language arts skills including letter recognition, letter tracing, handwriting, phonics, reading and writing skills.

 

Letter and Alphabet Worksheets

Elementary printable alphabet worksheets on specific letters.  Use to reinforce letter recognition and basic usage skills.

 

 

ELEMENTARY LESSONS

ELEMENTARY READING COMPREHENSION

 

Abby the Ant

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on Abby the Ant, and letter A.

 

Bob the Bus

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on Bob the Bus and Letter B.

 

Cory the Cow and Cara the Cat

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on Cory the Cow and Cara the Cat and the Letter C.

 

Dar the Dancing Dragon

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on Dar the Dancing Dragon with a focus on the letter D.

 

Dar and Eve the Elf

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on Dar and Eve the Elf with a focus on the letter E.

 

Fifi the Fish and Frank the Frog

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on Fifi the Fish and Frank the Frog with a focus on the letter F.

 

Feathers

An elementary reading comprehension worksheet on a story about feathers.

 

Noises in the Night

A story about the noises children hear in the night.

 

Piles of Popcorn

A story about children and popcorn.

 

New Shoes

A child and her first day at a new school with her new shoes.

 

Max and the Scary Dog

A story about Max and the scary dog.

 

It's a Mess

A story about a girl and her messy room.

 

Writing with your Senses

Learn and write about the 5 senses.

 

The New Kite

A story about a girl and her new kite.

 

The Circus

Two children visit the circus.

 

The Misplaced Pearls

A detective story about missing pearls.

 

Lost

Two children get lost on a camping trip.

 

For nonfiction reading comprehension lessons,  also see our Social Studies Lessons category.

 

 

BOOK READING ACTIVITIES AND LESSONS

 

Franklin goes to School

Activities to accompany the book "Franklin Goes to School".  Comprehension questions and journal writing.

 

The Owl and the Pussycat Lesson Plan

Lesson plan on the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat".

 

The Lion and the Mouse

Lesson plan on the story of  "The Lion and the Mouse".

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Lesson plan on the book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

 

 

RHYME TIME

 

Rhyme Time - Rhyming Lesson Plan

Students learn how to identify, say, and write rhyming words by engaging in rhyming exercises and matching rhyming cards.

 

 

BASIC READING SKILLS

 

Identifying the Main Idea

Students will identify the main idea of a paragraph.

Making Inferences

Students will use clues to make inferences.

 

Sequencing

Students will be able to put events in order.

 

Using Context Clues

A worksheet on using context clues.

 

 

PARTS OF SPEECH

 

Parts of Speech: Nouns

Students will define different types of nouns - proper nouns, pronouns, singular, and plural nouns.

 

Nouns Introduction

An introduction to nouns, including common and proper nouns.

 

Parts of Speech: Verbs

Students will learn to define and identify different types of verbs, and demonstrate correct usage, including past and present tense verbs and helping verbs.


Verbs Introduction

An introduction to verbs.  Students learn to recognize verbs in the present tense and distinguish them from other parts of speech.

 

Verb Tense

Students learn about past, present, and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs.

 

Parts of Speech: Adjectives

Define and identify adjectives, and recognize adjectives in a sentence.

 

Adjectives Introduction

An introduction to adjectives.  Recognize demonstrative and possessive adjectives.

 

Pronouns Introduction

An introduction to pronouns.  Recognize singular, plural, subject, and object pronouns.

 

Parts of Speech: Adverbs

Students will define, identify, and demonstrate correct usage of adverbs.

 

Parts of Speech: Prepositions

Students will define and identify prepositions.

 

Parts of Speech: Conjunctions and Interjections

Students will define and identify conjunctions and interjections.

 

Parts of Speech: Sentence Structure

A lesson on basic English sentence structure.

 

 

ADVANCED PARTS OF SPEECH

 

Understanding Nouns and Adjectives

Understand and identify nouns and adjectives.

Understanding Verbs and Adverbs

Understand and identify verbs and adverbs.

Understanding Coordinating Conjunctions

Understand coordinating conjunctions and how to use them properly.

Understanding Independent Clauses

Understand what an independent clause is, and how to properly use them in sentences.

 

Understanding Dependent Clauses

Understand what a dependent clause is, and use them appropriately in sentences.

 

Understanding Prepositional Phrases

Understand what a prepositional phrase is, and how it is used.

 

Understanding Subject Verb Agreement

Understand subject and verb agreement in a sentence.

 

Understanding Parts of Speech: Subjects

An introduction to understanding subjects.

 

Understanding Parts of Speech: Subordinating Conjunctions

An introduction to understanding subordinating conjunctions.

 

Understanding Parts of Speech: Verbs

An introduction to understanding verbs.

 

 

WORDS AND LANGUAGE

 

 

Understanding Homophones

Students will define homophones, and give examples.  Includes teaching lesson and practice worksheets.

 

Synonyms

A lesson on synonyms.

 

Antonyms

A lesson on antonyms.

 

Understanding Analogies

Students learn how analogies are used.

 

Connotation versus Denotation

Students will examine the different connotations and denotations of words including their names.

 

Compound Words

An introduction to understanding compound words.

 

 

BASIC WRITING

 

Writing Complete Sentences

Students learn about writing complete sentences, and are introduced to subjects and predicates.

 

Punctuation and Grammar: Correcting Mistakes

Students identify punctuation and grammar mistakes in sentences and correct them.

 

 

THE PARAGRAPH

 

The Paragraph

Students learn the basic definition, parts, and structure of a paragraph, and also practice writing paragraphs.

 

 

PARAGRAPH TO ESSAY

 

Fact or Opinion?

Understand the difference between fact and opinion.

 

Simple Edit and Revision

Students will learn to successfully begin the editing process.

 

Paragraphs made Simple

Students will successfully learn to use a simple format to write a paragraph.

 

Introductory Paragraph Grabber

Introductory writing lesson on how to use a paragraph grabber for use in writing a simple five paragraph essay.

 

Introductory Paragraph Purpose Statement

Write background information and a purpose statement for the introductory paragraph.

 

Transitional Sentence and Body Paragraph

Understand the use of a transitional sentence in the body paragraph of an essay.

 

Conclusion Paragraphs

Students will understand how to write a conclusion paragraph and a feeling/prediction sentence for an essay.

 

 

CREATIVE WRITING LESSON PLAN

 

Creative Writing Lesson 1: Parts of a Story

This lesson helps familiarize students with the basic parts of a short story.  They will list and describe the main parts of a story and generate original ideas.  Includes lesson plan and lesson.

 

Creative Writing Lesson 2: Creating Characters

Students learn how authors create characters and they also create an original character sketch.

 

Creative Writing Lesson 3: Plot and Conflict

This lesson focuses on plot and conflict in fiction.

 

Creative Writing Lesson 4: Conflict and Characters

Students are familiarized with the ways in which conflict and characters fit together.

 

Creative Writing Lesson 5: Dialogue and Conversation

Learn the ways in which dialogue makes a story come alive.

 

 

IMPROVING WRITING SKILLS LESSONS

 

Reading and Writing Lesson: Enough Said

Students learn how to improve their writing by finding words to replace 'said'.

 

Using Descriptions: Good Sense

Students learn how to improve their writing by including vivid descriptions using the five senses.

 

Character Development: Pictures of People

Students learn how to improve their writing by describing characters effectively.

 

Describing Places: Pictures of Places

Students learn how to improve their writing by describing places effectively.

 

Sentences: The Long and Short of It

Understand the importance of varying sentence length, and how to combine sentences using conjunctions.

 

 

RESEARCH REPORT WRITING LESSONS

 

Research Report Lesson: Alphabet Book

Students discover a unique way to report, write, and publish researched information.

 

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

 

Character Development

Students learn how to develop a main character for a story.

 

 

MYSTERY WRITING

 

Mystery Writing

Students learn what the important components to a mystery story are, and apply this information to a story they will write.

 

 

POETRY WRITING

 

Poetry Writing

Students explore the different types of form poetry and identify rhyming schemes.

 

 

 

 

PHOTO ESSAY

 

Photo Essay

Students put together a photo essay that describes a family tradition.

 

 

 

 

VOCABULARY BUILDING ACTIVITIES

 

Vocabulary Building Activities

Students learn tips on how to increase their vocabulary and do related activities.

 

 

 

 

DICTIONARY SKILLS

 

Dictionary Skills and Thesaurus Use

Students learn how to use the dictionary and thesaurus.

 

 

WORD PLAY

 

Word Play Activities

Students solve word problems.

 

 

WORD GAMES

 

Make It, Play It - Categories Game

Students follow written instructions to make and then play word games.

 

Change Me Game

A simple word game for two players.  Beginning with the word 'cat', pupils take turns making three letter words.

Spell Me Game

A spelling game for two to four players.  Children use dice to move about a lettered board and spell words.

Name Me Game

A dictionary definition word game for two to four players.

 

Tell Me Game

A speaking and listening game.


 

 

SPACE ADVENTURE

 

Reading Comprehension - Space Adventure

A space adventure reading comprehension lesson.

Reading passage combines science with reading in a fun, pretend story.

 

 

 

WRITING LESSON PLAN - MY FAVORITE THING

 

Writing Lesson Plan - My Favorite Thing

A writing lesson - students write about their favorite thing.

 

 

 

SAT VOCABULARY

 

SAT Vocabulary Lesson and Practice

Students study word meanings in order to expand their working usage of challenging vocabulary words similar to those found on the SAT college entrance exam.  Includes synonyms, antonyms, and analogies.

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

 

Grammar

Alphabet

Handwriting

Listening Comprehension

Phonics

Process Skills

Reading

Speech

Spelling

Vocabulary

Writing

 

 

 



 

 

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