Demonstrate command of English grammar and usage, focusing on:

Nouns/Pronouns –
Writing sentences that include common and proper nouns and personal pronouns.

Learning Outcome:

Write routinely over brief time frames and for a variety of purposes and audiences.

I Can Statements Question Stems
I can write sentences with nouns.
I can capitalize nouns when appropriate.
I can write sentences using personal pronouns.

-What or who is your sentence about?
-How do you know when to capitalize a noun?
-What words can be used to refer to people?
-What word could replace a person's name in a sentence?

Academic Vocabulary

common noun
personal pronoun
proper noun

Practical Examples, Standards, and Digital Resources

Reading Examples Writing Examples Speaking and Listening Examples
-Post example nouns and pronouns on the classroom word wall.

-Create a class anchor chart that shows how to use nouns and pronouns in sentences.

-Use sentences from mentor texts as examples to model correct noun usage.

-Sort nouns and pronouns using write the room or scoot activities. After writing the sentence, have students highlight the noun or pronoun.

-Use nouns and pronouns when responding to dictated sentences or writing prompts.

-Use nouns and pronouns during independent writing.

-Allow students to turn and talk during planned stops of your read aloud. Focus their discussion on who the text/sentence is about.
Reading Standards Writing Standards Speaking and Listening Standards
1.RF.4 1.W.2.1  1.SL.2
Digital Resources

-Anchor Charts

-Nouns Video:

-Schoolhouse Rock Pronouns:

English Learner Considerations

The English Learner considerations, which were written by Indiana EL teachers, are meant to increase engagement and support growth for ELs.They are designed to support the standards and curriculum you are currently using. The following are recommendations of best practices to assist educators in making language more accessible for English Learners. Educators should adapt strategies based upon a student’s proficiency level and ensure that content is age-appropriate.

Additional strategies and the guiding principles regarding literacy instruction for English Learners.

Beginning Intermediate Advanced

utilize think-write-pair-share activities
utilize drawing
model writing process with I do, we do, you do
provide grammatical sentence structure support

-utilize think-write-pair-share activities
-help students write sounds in words for group writing
-utilize drawing and labeling
-model writing process with I do, we do, you do
-provide grammatical sentence structure support

-model writing process with I do, we do, you do

Special Education Considerations

The special education considerations, which were written by Indiana special education teachers, are meant to increase engagement and support growth for students in special education. This is not an exhaustive list of strategies, but these supports will help you make literacy instruction more accessible for students. Remember to adapt these to the needs of your students and ensure that you are creating opportunities for all students to engage with rigorous content.

Guiding principles regarding literacy instruction for students in special education.

Strategy  Examples

Recognize developmental stages of writing

Allow drawings and inventive spelling for beginning of kindergarten

Encourage students to explore writing by copying texts

Provide mini-word walls for access to sight words without needing to copy from the wall

Trace letters to learn proper letter formation

Use handwriting paper with raised guides

Trace letter in sand or shaving cream

Build the letters with Play-Doh

Use magnetic letters to spell a sight word, then copy the word

Model writing (for example, in a morning message), move to shared writing, then begin independent journaling (gradual release model)

Teacher writes in highlighter, and student traces over letters

Students uses speech-to-text option

Students fill in the blank in teacher created sentences.

Utilize gradual release model to teach steps of writing process

Model a prewrite web

“Share the Pen” on a first draft

Provide specific feedback to students’ work