Grade 3 Language Arts

Course Description

During the first semester, students will continue to build their vocabulary through the study of folktales, fables, myths, informational text, dramas, poems, and stories. They will recount stories and ask and answer questions to demonstrate their knowledge of text. They will compare and contract themes, setting, and plots and distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of the text. Students will also gain information from illustrations and describe logical connections between sentences and paragraphs. They will also be introduced to writing in cursive.

During the second semester, students will continue to apply phonics and grammar concepts with a focus on special vowel sounds, prefixes, and suffixes. Students will continue to build writing skills by responding to reading and utilizing a broadened vocabulary in authentic writing activities where they compare and contrast stories and use process writing to compose original work. They will read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension as they solidify their understanding within context of the stories they read. By the end of the year, the third-grade student will read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts independently and proficiently. Students will report on a topic using descriptive details and speaking clearly and in complete sentences.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

3rd Grade


Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.


2 Semesters



Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (With the assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Parts of Speech
  • Consonant and Vowel Patterns
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Retelling with Details
  • Ending Sounds
  • Simple Sentence Structure
  • Process Writing

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Parts of Speech
  • Parts of Sentences
  • Past and Present Tense
  • Genre Study
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Irregular Words
  • Story Structure