Language Arts Milestones

Kindergarten Students will be able to:

  • recognize and name all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet, as well as write the independently
  • blend vowel-consonants orally to make words or syllable
  • read one-syllable words
  • speak in complete and coherent sentences in a logical sequence

First Grade Students will be able to:

  • generate sounds from all letters and blend them into recognizable words
  • retell stories and identify characters, settings, and important events
  • respond to who, what, when, where, and how questions
  • retell stories, including expository and narrative passages with proper grammar
  • identify plot, setting, and characters in a story, as well as beginning, middle, ending
  • write narratives

Second Grade Students will be able to:

  • decode unfamiliar words using complex word families (i.e., ight)
  • decode multisyllabic words
  • spell correctly multisyllabic words that have blends, contractions, compounds, orthographic patterns, and common homophones
  • compare and contrast plot, settings, and characters
  • write narratives
  • use complete and correct declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences

Third Grade Students will be able to:

  • use knowledge of complex word families (i.e., ight) to decode unfamiliar words.
  • read aloud narratives and expository text accurately
  • read accurately and fluently with intonation, pacing, and expression
  • distinguish main idea and supporting details
  • write single paragraphs developing a topic sentence and including supporting facts and details
  • revise drafts
  • write descriptions, narratives, letters, and thank-you notes

Fourth Grade Students will be able to:

  • read narratives and expository text aloud with proper fluency, pacing, intonation, and expression
  • identify main events of plot, their causes, and the influence of each event on future actions
  • compare and contrast and uses cause and effect
  • write narratives that relate ideas, observations, or recollections of events
  • simple and compound sentences in writing and speaking

Fifth Grade Students will be able to:

  • read narratives and expository text aloud with proper fluency, pacing, intonation, and expression
  • read aloud narrative and expository text fluently and with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression
  • create multiple-paragraph compositions
  • write research reports
  • correctly use prepositional phrases, appositives, and independent and dependent clauses
  • spell frequently misspelled words correctly (i.e., their, they’re, there)
  • identify indefinite pronouns and present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect verb tenses
  • use correct capitalization