ELA, Composition, and Literature Upper Elementary Full Year Curriculum

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If you’re looking for an all-inclusive, comprehensive English/Language Arts curriculum for your child, this is it! Literature, writing portfolio, parts of speech, figurative language, poetry, and SO much more is included in this fantastic class! Can be a Flex class!

Description

Meets for 45 minutes per meeting, twice per week, for twenty weeks. 

This is a comprehensive course for grades 4-7. Older/younger learners may benefit as well; if you’re unsure, please email me. Learners will have printables each day, given in a weekly format to complete as time allows and turned in before the following week begins. Homework is assigned on an as-needed basis. Novel reading will be done outside of class, but we will have discussions each week to ensure comprehension for all learners. Learners will track their reading process on Biblionasium, which will not have an additional cost for you. Audiobooks and a scribing service are allowed in this course. Accommodations will be made for learners with special needs. Learners will complete a book quilt, illustrating the novels we read each month, to share with their classmates. At the end of the course, learners will have the opportunity to share the completed quilt with their classmates. Please read over the Writing Portfolio tab for information about how that works. During class, we will cover the daily tasks as outlined below. Outside of live meetings, learners are to complete the work as assigned. A full syllabus will be provided prior to classes beginning.

Each week, we will meet twice. Regardless which days we are scheduled to meet live, the same schedule for work and assignments will apply. The anticipated weekly outline will be as follows:

Day 1: Spelling/Vocabulary list introduction;
Day 2: Novel Introduction or Review
Day 3: Part of speech; figurative language
Day 4: Writer’s Workshop (this is where we will work through our writing pieces-if you have questions about how this portion will work, please review the Writing Portfolio tab above); Part of Speech practice (each week focuses on a different part of speech.)
Day 5: Poetry 101: We will cover a different portion of this class each week, and write poetry as well.

Writing Portfolio Information

The recursive process (writing process) is prewriting, drafting, revising (asks questions, expanding ideas and challenging arguments which require discussion between the writer and the reader; enhances the paper as a whole), editing (on a sentence level, addressing problems with spelling, grammar, punctuation, or word choice. The editor writes comments and corrections on the paper and returns the paper to the writer), and publishing.

Month 1: Introduction to the writing process; narrative/autobiography
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Prewrite, draft
Week 3: Revise & Edit
Week 4: Publish

Month 2: Research Reports, Persuasive
Week 1: Prewrite, draft, revise
Week 2: Edit, Publish
Week 3: Prewrite, draft, revise
Week 4: Edit, Publish

Month 3: Creative, Expository
Week 1: Prewrite, draft, revise
Week 2: Edit, Publish
Week 3: Prewrite, draft, revise
Week 4: Edit, Publish

Month 4: Responses to Literature (Research paper on a feature of the Holocaust); Technical Documents (Engineering)
Week 1: Prewrite, draft, revise
Week 2: Edit, Publish
Week 3: Prewrite, draft, revise
Week 4: Edit, Publish

Month 5: Writing Portfolio review and completion
Week 1: Review Pieces 1 and 2
Week 2: Review Pieces 3 and 4
Week 3: Review Pieces 5 and 6
Week 4: Review Piece 7

Anticipated Course Outline

Anticipated course outline:
Month 1:
-Introduction to my course and methods
-Novel: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
-Part of Speech: noun, pronoun, adjectives
-Poetry 101- Genres, Forms, Techniques, Devices
-Writing pieces: (Introduction to the writing process); narrative/autobiography
– Figurative Language: simile, metaphor, alliteration and assonance
-Book quilt piece 1

Month 2:
-Novel: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
-Part of Speech: verbs, adverbs, helping verbs, linking verbs
-Poetry 101: Writing Poetry Workshops
-Figurative Language: personification, onomatopoeia
-Writing pieces: Research Reports, Persuasive
-Book quilt piece 2

Month 3:
-Novel: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
-Part of Speech: preposition, interjection
-Poetry 101: Writing Poetry Workshops
-Figurative Language: idioms, hyperbole
-Writing pieces: Creative, Expository
-Book quilt piece 3

Month 4:
-Novel: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
-Part of Speech: Review and Diagramming
-Poetry 101: Writing Poetry Workshops
-Writing piece: Responses to Literature (Research paper on a feature of the Holocaust); Technical Documents (Engineering)
-Book quilt piece 4

Month 5:
-Novel: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
-Poetry 101: Poet Studies: Robert Frost; Edgar Allan Poe; Langston Hughes; Emily Dickinson
– Part of Speech: Review
-Writing Portfolio review and completion
-Book quilt piece 5

Schedule

Meeting Dates and Times:

Tue Sep 4, 2018 – Mar 19, 2019 at 1pm Eastern

We will have a week off every 6-8 weeks due to holidays and other events; learners are to use this time to catch up any missing assignments. 

Tue Sep 4, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Sep 7, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Sep 14, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Sep 18, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Sep 21, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Sep 25, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Oct 2, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Oct 5, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Oct 9, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Oct 12, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Oct 23, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Oct 26, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Nov 2, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Nov 6, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Nov 9, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Nov 13, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Nov 16, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Dec 4, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Dec 7, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Dec 11, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Dec 14, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Dec 18, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Dec 21, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Jan 8, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Jan 11, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Jan 15, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Jan 18, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Jan 22, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Feb 5, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Feb 8, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Feb 12, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Feb 15, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Feb 22, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Feb 26, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Mar 1, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Mar 5, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Mar 8, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Mar 12, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Fri Mar 15, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern
Tue Mar 19, 2019, 1pm – 1:45pm Eastern

Parent Information

If you’d like to take this as a flex class (no live meetings), this is permitted. I’ve been teaching language arts, writing, novel studies, and all things English for a few years. During this time, I’ve successfully worked with hundreds of learners who “hate” writing, “hate” reading, and “hate English class”. Somehow, they almost always walk away after the course with the opposite feelings toward English classes! I really enjoy all aspects of this class and the journey we take together. Please join me as I bring ELA, writing, and more to life in this class!

Because this course requires attendance and attention, it is incumbent upon you to ensure your child attends each class, turns in all of their work on time, and completes the writing portion as outlined. I will assist in this, but a portion of this course does take place outside of class time. Guidelines and instruction are given for any work completed outside of live meetings. Typically, only writing portfolio pieces are turned back into me to be reviewed/revised/edited, and the rest of the materials are reviewed at home by a parent or tutor. Some students can do this independently. You will be printing at least 10 pages (to cover novel study, vocabulary, writing, parts of speech, poetry, and more) each week, and some week may have 40 pages. I highly suggest a laser printer.

In short: learners must do the work to complete the this class successfully. I cannot guarantee a completed portfolio, because the work depends on the learner. I will do my very best, but learners who do not attend classes and complete work as assigned are much less likely to be successful than those who do.

.PDF copies will be provided of all novels when legally possible. Learners may purchase copies of books or borrow them from the library for free.

Learners will also need:
A binder-2″ is ideal
Notebook paper
Notebook Dividers
Pencil/ Enclosed Pencil Sharpener
Pens (Blue/Black Ink)
Highlighters

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