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The Beginning Writer

suggested for grades 3rd-6th

Grammar I

 

This course introduces students to the first three parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, and verbs. Students are also introduced to the three main verb tenses – present, past, and future – and their different forms. Finally, students use their knowledge of nouns and verbs to learn about simple sentence structure.

Grammar II

 

This course continues the student's knowledge of the parts of speech by teaching adjectives and adverbs. With their prior knowledge of nouns, pronouns, and verbs, students also learn how to build their sentences with the use of sentence complements: predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, direct objects, and indirect objects.

Grammar III

 

This course furthers the student's knowledge of the parts of speech by teaching the remaining pronouns along with prepositions and conjunctions. Throughout, the student also learn about phrases and clauses and how to write compound and complex sentences. 

Grammar IV

 

This final grammar class teaches the remaining part of speech – the interjection – and reviews each part of speech. In addition, the student learns about capitalization rules, punctuation (the comma, the semi-colon, the colon, the quotation mark, and the underline), and how to use numbers in writing. The class concludes with a brief overview of word studies.

sentence stretchers

 

The sentence is the foundation for all other writing, yet many beginning writers struggle with the process of constructing sentences. At first, writing a sentence can seem overwhelming or impossible. This class takes students from the grammatical foundations of a sentence (subject and verb) through the process of stretching their sentences by providing detail in various ways. By the end of the course, students will be confident in their ability to write super sentences!

the paragraph

 

 

This course introduces your student to the world of writing paragraphs. Students learn about topic sentences, supporting ideas, and concluding sentences. Students then practice the use of transition words/phrases and super sentence skills to create super paragraphs! Finally, they use all of these skills to learn about and write descriptive, how-to, expository, and narrative paragraphs.

the composition

 

 

In this class, students learn how to choose topics and develop main ideas for their compositions. Then, students learn how to plan their compositions, write basic introductory sentences, write the body of the composition and transition between 2-3 body paragraphs, and write basic concluding sentences. Finally, students learn about different types of composition organization and have the opportunity to write two complete practice compositions.

the summary

 

 

Good summarizing skills are beneficial to so many kinds of writing. This course introduces your student to the basics of creating a summary. Students learn how to read a text, search for details, determine the main idea, express these ideas in their own words, and finally rewrite an original in fewer words: in a summary!

PrerequisiteThe Composition or comparable experience. 

the narrative

 

 

Narrative writing is all about telling a story: whether fictional or non-fictional. This course introduces your child to the basic elements of a good narrative and offers engaging practice for narrative writing. After learning about narrative elements, students use their skills to construct personal and fictional narratives. 

 

 

 

PrerequisiteThe Composition or comparable experience. 

expository writing

 

Expository writing is all about being informative. This course introduces your child to the concept of giving information through writing. He learns how to inform readers through describing things he knows and loves, explaining both a familiar and unfamiliar process, writing a simple biography, writing an event report, classifying something, and comparing two things. 

 

PrerequisiteThe Composition or comparable experience. 

research basics

 

 

This course introduces your child to the basics of research, an incredibly practical skill for all students. Students first choose from a list of historical events. Then, students learn how to choose good research material, copy source information, take notes, create an outline, plan their writing, and write a basic three (3) to five (5) paragraph composition based on their research.

PrerequisiteThe Composition or comparable experience.