The Beginning Writer
suggested for grades 3rd-6th
This course will introduce students to the first three parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, and verbs. Students will also be introduced to the three main verb tenses – present, past, and future – and their different forms. Finally, students will use their knowledge of nouns and verbs to learn about simple sentence structure.
This course will continue the student's knowledge of the parts of speech by teaching adjectives and adverbs. With their prior knowledge of nouns, pronouns, and verbs, students will also learn how to build their sentences with the use of sentence complements: predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, direct objects, and indirect objects.
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 will also learn about phrases and clauses and how to write compound and complex sentences.
This final grammar class teaches the remaining part of speech – the interjection – and reviews each part of speech. In addition, the student will learn 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 will conclude with a brief overview of word studies.
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 will take 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!
This course will introduce your student to the world of writing paragraphs. Students will learn about topic sentences, supporting ideas, and concluding sentences. Students will then practice the use of transition words/phrases and super sentence skills to create super paragraphs! Finally, they will use all of these skills to learn about and write descriptive, how-to, expository, and narrative paragraphs.
In this class, students will learn how to choose topics and develop main ideas for their compositions. Then, students will 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 will learn about different types of composition organization and have the opportunity to write two complete practice compositions.
Good summarizing skills are beneficial to so many kinds of writing. This course will introduce your student to the basics of creating a summary. Students will 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!
Narrative writing is all about telling a story: whether fictional or non-fictional. This course will introduce your child to the basic elements of a good narrative and offer engaging practice for narrative writing. After learning about narrative elements, students will use their skills to construct personal and fictional narratives. Students in this class should be generally comfortable with writing three-paragraph compositions.
Expository writing is all about being informative. This course will introduce your child to the concept of giving information through writing. He will learn 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. Students in this class should be generally comfortable with writing three-paragraph compositions.
This course will introduce your child to the basics of research, an incredibly practical skill for all students. Students will first choose from a list of historical events. Then, students will 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.