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With the new Common Core Curriculum in place across the U.S during the past two school years, LearningStar/AcademicStars' managing team led by our Founder/Director, Mr. Quy Pham, M. Ed has worked tirelessly to update all of our curriculum in order to meet the rigorous demand of the new Common Core Standards.  Last year, we replaced the old Math textbooks with the new EngageNY Math textbooks for grades 1-5.  This year, in addition to the new English Language Arts textbooks, Ready Common Core grades 2-8, and new Core Connections CPM Math textbooks for grades 6-8, we are also implementing new teaching strategies, and programs to ensure that our students will meet the challenges of the new rigorous Common Core Standards, and be well prepared for the upcoming school year.  

 

NEW ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAM THIS SUMMER

 

Our new English Language Arts Program this summer emphasizes on highly-use academic language words organized into meaningful lessons that promote adept verbal and writen proficiency to help our students master high-use words for academic achievement.  Our Academic Vocabulary activities include the important elements to help students learn effectively and enhance their academic language skills:  Talk About It, Collaborate, Our Turn, Be an Academic Author, and Construct a Response

 

Our new English Language Arts Program this summer focuses on:  

 

I.  DAILY ACADEMIC LANGUAGE 

 

 

1.  Rigorous speaking and writing interactions to deepen understanding and improve usage

 

2.  Multiple context to analyze and apply words with common word partners use in academic writing

 

3.  Grammar and syntax targets to imrove the accuracy of constructed written responses

 

Here are sample units and words our students will learn this summer:

 

Literary Terms Words

 

   1.  Describe                (Character, trait) 

 

2.  Analyze informational Text         (focus, essential)  

 

3.  Cause and Effect      (result, consequence)

 

4.  Sequence                   (process, final)   

 

5.  Create                     (develop, provide)  

 

6.  Compare and Contrast      (similarity, difference)  

 

7.  Inference                         (assume, conclude)  

 

8.  Argument                          (evidence, convincing)  

 

 

II.  COMMON CORE READY! READING 

 

  Our new summer reading program delivers a deep study of each literature and informational reading standards with highly engaging, complex texts from a wide range of genres.  Please click on the link below to take a look at our newly adopted textbooks:   NEW SUMMER READING TEXTBOOKS

 

 

III.  COMMON CORE READY! WRITING 

 

Our new summer writing program provides explicit instructions in opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing.  The program includes engaging source texts provided at point of use span a range of on-level science and social studies topic and support evidence based writing.  Please click on the link WRITING PROGRAM for more information.

 

OUR EFFECTIVE TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR READING 

 

To help your child succeed in Common Core Reading in the upcoming school year, our teaching strategies for reading this summer based on the Read, Think, Talk, Write Model.

 

READ

 

Students read selections multiple times for different purposes.  The frist read focuses on reading to determine what the text says.  In subsequent reads, students analyze and evaluate thext for deeper meaning and to develop critical -thinking skills.

 

 

 THINK

 

 During the THINK  stage of daily instruction, students unpack the text, using a graphic organizer to analyze the text struture and evidence.  

 

 TALK

 

 Through meaningful activities, students interact with their peers to discuss the text, clarify their thinking, and, thereby continue to deepen their understanding of the text.

 

WRITE

 

 Each day's instructions wrap up with a writing activity.  Through short and-extended-response writing prompts, students demonstrate their understanding of the text and learning target.

 

 

 

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