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12 Books in 12 Weeks: 4th and 5th Grade English Part B

In this 12-week course, students will read twelve novels and complete six writing assignments for a semester course in 4th and 5th grade English.
Lindsay Eyre
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Completed by 31 learners
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$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 12 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will increase their love of reading, first and foremost. At this age, maintaining (or beginning) a love of reading is paramount. Students will also learn to lose their fear of writing. Children at this age have usually developed a hatred of writing because they fear the teacher's red pen ripping apart their words. We will learn to be fearless, creative, and to welcome the red pen. We will learn that editing is not fixing something bad, it is taking something good and polishing it up until it shines. Our writing projects will be fun and engaging, and I will provide positive written feedback on every assignment. 
Writing assignments should take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours per week depending on their interest and ability. I am flexible on length with writing assignments—I am much more interested in growth and effort than quantity. Reading should take around 2 to 4 hours per week. Altogether, students should plan on around six hours per week of English.
Students will need a copy of each book, but they can be purchased or checked out from the library.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I will provide a formal written assessment for each student based on their progress rather than based on comparison to other students. I can also give a grade (based on improvement and effort) if requested. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
None of the books we are reading are objectionable for 4th or 5th grade, in my opinion. Parents are welcome to read the book descriptions and message me with any questions or concerns they might have. I am always up for book substitutions if a book makes a parent uncomfortable. 
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Misadventures of Maude Marche by Audrey Couloumbis
The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky
Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum by Candace Fleming
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald 


Lindsay EyrePublished Author and Artist
137 total reviews
74 completed classes

About Me

I teach history and social studies, language arts and English, and art classes. I have a Bachelor's degree in History (Brigham Young University) and a Master's in Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (Vermont College of Fine Arts). I... 
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