Beginning Literature

suggested for grades 3rd-6th

Reading a Magazine
BEGINNING POETRY

 

A revised take on our original Intro to Poetry, this class introduces poetry in its most basic components – including rhyme, meter, literary devices, and theme – across varying styles and eras of poetry. Students will become acquainted with a number of well-known poets including A.A. Milne, Shel Silverstein, Christina Rossetti, Mary Ann Hoberman, Ogden Nash, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, and William Blake.

COMING FIRST QUARTER

2021-2022!

PREREQUISITE: The Paragraph or equivalent experience is required.

BEGINNING LITERATURE -
PART I

 

An excerpt-based class, students are introduced to various works of early elementary literature including Aesop's Fables (published 1484), Heidi (1880), The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883) The Jungle Book (1894), The Reluctant Dragon (1898), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), and The Secret Garden (1911).

 

COMING SECOND QUARTER

2021-2022!

PREREQUISITE: The Paragraph or equivalent experience is required; The Composition or equivalent experience is recommended.

BEGINNING LITERATURE -
PART II

 

An excerpt-based class, students are introduced to various works of classic 20th-century elementary literature including The Boxcar Children (1924), Little House in the Big Woods (1932), The Twenty-One Balloons (1947), Charlotte's Web (1952), The Courage of Sarah Noble (1954), Bridge to Terabithia (1977), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1979).

COMING SOON

PREREQUISITE: The Paragraph or equivalent experience is required; The Composition or equivalent experience is recommended.

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book study:
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

 

While reading C.S Lewis' classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, students will gain an appreciation for the author's history and experience leading up to Narnia and be encouraged to use their own ideas to foster creative worlds and characters of their own. In addition, students will engage directly with the text to study character development and the use of several literary devices, including allegory, description, dialogue, foreshadowing, humor, idioms and expression, personification, and repetition. Weekly vocabulary lists will be included with each lesson for study or spelling practice.

(Note: Students must have their own copy of the text for this class.)

PREREQUISITE: The Composition or equivalent experience.

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book study:
The Cricket in Times Square

 

 

Throughout this class, students engage directly with George Selden's 1960, Newbery Honor-winning book, The Cricket in Times Square. While reading the entire text, students will study Selden's use of description and practice their own descriptive responses alongside unexpected but fun characters – Chester Cricket, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat. Weekly vocabulary lists will be included with each lesson for study or spelling practice.

(Note: Students must have their own copy of the text for this class.)

COMING FIRST QUARTER

2021-2022!

PREREQUISITE: The Composition or equivalent experience.

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book study:
Little House in the Big Woods

 

 

Throughout this class, students engage directly with the acclaimed children's novel by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lessons guide students through a complete reading of the text, with a focus on Wilder's use of description and expository writing as she conveys her growing up years.

 

 

 

(Note: Students must have their own copy of the text for this class.)

COMING SOON

PREREQUISITE: The Composition or equivalent experience. Expository Writing is recommended, but not required.