G2 Creative Writing 3-4 small group (04/03-07/10) Sat 11:50-12:50am CDT -15lessons-Stella-2021Spring


Class Time: Saturday, 11:50-12:50am CDT

Class Date: 03/06-06/12

Lessons: 15

Teacher: Ms. Stella

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Course Description

The 15 lessons will include skills and materials to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. A Kickstart Write, Vocabulary, Formative and Summative Assessments  and other online resources.

Lesson 1: Foundational Skills

During this class, the students’ prior knowledge will be engaged to explore the various parts of speech, such as adjectives and pronouns. They will incorporate more structure in their writing while learning terms like syntax and adverbs. The students will engage in activities that provide a foundation for the rest of the skills we will be using in subsequent lessons.

Lesson 2: Morphology Madness

The students will learn ways to form new words using parts of words they already know. They will learn how to approach Language Arts like Math, adding and subtracting prefixes and suffixes to root words in order to form new words, and break down novel words they encounter in text into meaningful ideas. This class will include an activity to give them practice with these new concepts and opportunities to form their own words.

Lesson 3: Literary Terms

This lesson will be used to learn parts of sentences that make reading more engaging for the audience. They will be introduced to topics like conjunction, preposition and interjection. I will inform the children about how to use these important grammar skills to increase the sophistication of their writing.

Lesson 4: Commas, Clauses and Context! Oh My! 

During this lesson, the students will learn the proper ways to use commas in their writing so they are able to produce longer sentences, while tying together different thoughts. This lesson will also guide students in how to use context clues to determine unfamiliar vocabulary. Activities will engage students in identification and application of these new-found skills.

Lesson 5: Literal and Figurative Language

This class will be dedicated to reinforcing the figurative language the students learned in previous years with higher level skills. Topics will include concepts such as personification and . This will include an activity that allows me to gauge the students’ writing level and survey their feelings about the class,  which will inform the rest of my lessons. We will also practice ways to bring a setting to life by exploring descriptive words for the 5 senses, while examining higher level similes and metaphors.

Lesson 6: Synonyms, Antonyms and Homonyms

This class will cover words that have similar meaning as other words, and explore several ways to say the same thing, with more precise description. Students will recognize words that are opposites, and we will discuss contrast. When it comes to words that are spelled the same but have different meanings, we will put an end to the confusion! This lesson will also clarify homophones, those pesky words that sound the same but are spelled differently.

Lesson 7: Connotation, Denotation and Alliteration

The class will look at ways to understand the hidden power behind words in different situations. Topics will include concepts such as diction and semantics while the class explores the subtle meanings of words, as well as their intended meaning, in various contexts. They will see how language is personal and can be used to evoke emotion and imagery, and how words can influence a situation.

Lesson 8: Characterization Catalog

In this lesson, students will identify the types of characters, and learn the 5 ways to characterize a character. They will read various character descriptions and characterize these personas. During this class, students will be assigned a task to create a character and develop a story using the skills they have acquired, which will be due before Lesson 10.

Lesson 9: Idioms and Colloquialisms 

This class will focus on some of the sayings and slangs (figures of speech) present in American society, teaching skills that will allow them to transition into American culture with ease while adapting their language to suit the context. This class will also include a deeper examination of figurative language and its effects on the audience.

Lesson 10: Mood, Tone & Voice

In this class, we will focus on the assignment which the students were given as homework. If there is time, students will also learn literary devices to analyze passages of fiction. We will read several author’s styles, and identify the tone, mood, and voice, and discuss the effects of these literary choices.  Students will write their own descriptive passages that convey a specific tone and mood, using their own unique voice.

Target Students:

3rd-5th graders

About the teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Stella, and I’m so excited to meet you here and help you gain confidence in reading and writing.
I hold an English Bachelor degree and a Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is my 9th year of teaching English Language Arts.
I’m teaching 1st to 3rd graders in an elementary school right now, and I have worked as a high school ELA teacher before that.  My teaching philosophy is to see to every student’s unique needs and demands. I like to use a wide range of formative and summative class activities to closely monitor students’ growth. I am absolutely in love with what I do and I genuinely look forward to helping you in any way I could.

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