Beginning Literature

suggested for grades 3rd-6th

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.

PREREQUISITE: The Paragraph or equivalent experience is required.

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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, 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.)

PREREQUISITE: The Composition or equivalent experience.