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Enhancing Literacy: Reading & Writing

Vanessa Sánchez-Negrón
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Language Arts Course Syllabus
Enhancing Reading & Writing
Instructor’s Brief Biography:
My name is Vanessa Sánchez-Negrón and I was born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico. I have a Bachelor of Science in Technology Systems. I worked for White & Case LLP as a Knowledge Support Specialist from 2006 – 2008 and then for Wilkie Farr & Gallagher as a technical analyst. I returned to P.R, a year and a half ago and started studying pedagogy of english.
Course Description:
The goal is for students to communicate in the English language in a creative, reflexive, and critical manner. Each student should feel committed to the vernacular language, Spanish, and to his/her Hispanic culture, while developing a high sense of solidarity, respect, and appreciation towards other people and cultures. This course will focus on reading & writing activities online and offline. The course will be complimented with in class participation of students.
 Third Grade Level Standard:
The student uses reading strategies, literary analysis, and critical thinking skills to construct meaning and develop an understanding as well as an appreciation of a variety of genres of both fiction and nonfiction.
The student will: 
R.3.1 Decodes words and phrases to read fluently.
R.3.2 Applies phonemic awareness strategies to identify syllables and word family patterns.
R.3.3 Uses context clues and resources to build vocabulary, verify meaning, determine the meaning of unfamiliar words, and to transfer meaning into a variety of narrative and informational texts.
R.3.4 Identifies and states the main character(s), identifies character traits, establishes similarities and differences between characters, and identifies setting within narrative text.
R.3.5 Uses story organization of beginning, middle, and end within narrative
text to state and organize events; makes predictions and connections.
R.3.6 Recognizes differences between fiction and nonfiction; identifies fact
and opinion; recognizes main idea in simple informational text.
Third Grade Level Standard:
The student effectively communicates to a variety of audiences in all forms of writing through the use of the writing process, proper grammar, and age-appropriate expressive vocabulary.
The student will:
W.3.1 Arranges words in alphabetical order using first and second letter criteria.
W.3.2 Applies phonemic awareness and phonics strategies to correctly spell words that have two letter clusters, common spelling patterns, and uncommon consonant patterns.
W.3.3 Applies basic grammar and mechanics to write complete declarative and
interrogative sentences of three to five words in length; identifies declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative types of sentences; identifies the parts of speech.
W.3.4 Recognizes descriptive and narrative writing forms; writes words,
phrases, and simple sentences to develop descriptive and narrative three
sentence paragraphs.
W.3.5 Applies the dictionary as an aid in the writing process; uses simple
prewriting techniques to generate ideas. 
CONTENT STANDARDS AND GRADE-LEVEL EXPECTATIONS. (n.d.). PROGRAMA DE              INGLÉS. Retrieved September 18, 2011, from                                   
Cooper, J. D. (2007). Literacy: helping children construct meaning. (6th ed.).                  Boston:Houghton Mifflin Co.
Curriculum Framework. (n.d.). PROGRAMA DE INGLÉS. Retrieved September 18,    
Inglés | Departamento de Educación de Puerto Rico. (n.d.). Departamento de
       Educación de Puerto Rico. Retrieved September 18, 2011, from      

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