The English Language Arts Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on the National Common Core Standard. As with all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation.
In the context of all ELA instruction, students are expected to use the following practices which include:
- read and work with a balance of informational and literary texts
- apply reading writing/skills in science and social studies
- develop skill to read, analyze, evaluate texts that are increasingly complex
- support and make inferences based on text-based information
- writing that emphasizes the use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument
- build transferrable vocabulary to access grade level texts across disciplines
The content of grade three ELA is clearly outlined on the Diocesan Report Card. In addition to the content and skills, writing is highly emphasized not only in ELA but in all subject areas. The Common Core requires 4 types of writing-argument, informative/explanatory and narrative. Below you will find a strong writing sample for this grade level that is the expected performance on a informative writing task.
Horses Why I Chose This Animal I chose horses because I like to ride the. I also like to pet them. At the camp I go to everybody gets to have horses back riding lessons. Horses are so beautiful and fun to ride. Horse Families A mother or female horse is called a mare. A father or male horse is called a stallion. A foal is a baby horse. Markings A star is a little white diamond on the forelock. The forelocks is a horses forehead. A race is a white line down the middle of the horses face. A blaze is kind of like a race but wider. If the white line on it face spreads out to its eyes it is called a white face. A small amount of white on its muzzle is called a snip. A muzzle is a horses mouth. Breeds and Color Coats Icelandic and Shetland ponies are very small when they are full grown. Chestnuts are red-brown and Roans have white hairs on their brown coat. Cream is a rare color. Rare means you don’t see that color cream very much. Brown horses are brown all over. Blacks are black all over. Piebalds have black and white spots. Skewbalds are brown and white. Duns are a sandy brown with black manes and tails. Whites are white all over. Breeds I Like I like thoroughbreds because they are such a pretty brown. I like Arabians because their different coats are very beautiful and they’re one of the oldest horses. I like Morgans because they have a beautiful reddish-brown coat. I like Icelandic and Shetland ponies because they are so very cute, pretty and small.
I like horses and I know a lot about them. I like to ride them and they’re so beautiful! Their coats are beautiful, I wish I had a horse of my own!
Criteria used to evaluate this piece as a strong writing sample include:
- introduces a topic
- creates an organizational structure (using headers) that groups related information together
- develops the topic with facts and details
- uses linking words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information
- provides a concluding section
- demonstrates growing good command of the conventions of standard written English