This class is designed to teach grade 4-5 students in the matters of English Reading and Writing. Every week we will focus on 5 vocabulary prefixes/suffixes that will enable students to determine meaning of multiple words and increase their vocabulary. During the course we will cover three main types of writing: Informational, Narrative or storytelling, and Opinion Writing. We will also spend some time reading different passages that are good examples of these types of writing,
Knowledge and skills (What you’ll learn)
- Students will learn about non-fiction , informational Books and the various types of writing.
- Structure of an essay including introduction, thesis, body paragraphs and
- Write about History such as the Boston Tea Party, World War 2 and other important parts of history.
- Write an informative essay paying close attention to the source of their findings.
- Adding details and examples with a bibliography.
- Understanding the Elements of a great story.
- Drafting the informative essay : brainstorming, outlining, drafting.
- Completion of the informative essay using editing and proof reading
Throughout the 10 lessons, we will be writing a short story / novel /narrative / creative piece of literature. However, we will take time to address different elements of writing during each lesson. There will also be “short story” activities and SAT grammar practice exercises.
Lesson 1: Organize information and ideas around a topic to plan and prepare to write.
Lesson 2: Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and
introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
Lesson 3: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most
significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Lesson 4: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced,illustrated, and elaborated in a text .
Lesson 5: D Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Lesson 6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the
power, and/or persuasiveness of the text.
Lesson 7: Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Lesson 8: Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and
Lesson 9: Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
Lesson 10: Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
About the teacher
Mr Ray , 7 years of teaching experience, worked at local middle school as an English Language Arts Teacher . He taught 6th-12th grade students reading and writing for literature and informational texts. His teaching philosophy is to see to every student’s unique needs and demands. He like to use wide range of formative and summative class activities to closely monitor students’ growth. In 2017-2018, he worked with 22% on-grade-level students at the beginning of the school year. By the end of the year, the End Of Grade Exam data have shown that 64% of his students have achieved on/above Grade level.