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4th / 5th Grade English Language Arts Homeschool Fall Semester

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Alison Stephens
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(337)
In this engaging Language Arts semester course, students will read and discuss four exciting books across a variety of genres. The course material also includes basic 4th / 5th grade grammar topics and optional creative writing projects.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 5
4 units//24 lessons//12 Weeks
Unit 1"The Magician's Nephew" (Chronicles of Narnia) by CS Lewis
8 lessons4 Weeks
"The Magician's Nephew" (Chronicles of Narnia) by CS Lewis
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction and Chapter 1
introduction to Narnia and to the book, Literary Elements: setting/character, Grammar Focus: Nouns
Lesson 2
Chapters 2-5
Literature Discussion Ch 2-4, Grammar Focus: Nouns
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Chapters 5-7
Literature Discussion Ch 5-7, Literary Elements: Foreshadowing, Grammar Focus: Pronouns
Lesson 4
Chapters 8-10
Literature Discussion Ch 8-10, Literary Elements: Plot, Grammar Focus: Pronouns
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Chapters 11-13
Literature Discussion Ch 11-13, Literary Elements: Climax, Grammar Focus: Adjectives
Lesson 6
Chapters 14-15
Literature Discussion Ch 14-15, Literary Elements: Theme, Grammar Focus: Adjectives
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Present Narnia Projects
Students present Creative Projects Grammar Focus: Adverbs and Review
Lesson 8
Context Clues and Jabberwocky
Using nonsense words to learn how to use context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar words
Unit 2"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
6 lessons3 Weeks
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Introduction and Chapter 1
Intro to Historical Fiction, Author, World Events Discussion: Ch 1 - Characters, Grammar Focus: Adjectives/Adverbs
Lesson 10
Chapters 2-5
Literature Discussion: Ch 2-5 Grammar Focus: Adjectives/Adverbs
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Chapters 6-9
Literature Discussion: Ch 6-9 Grammar Focus: Verb Types
Lesson 12
Chapters 10-13
Literature Discussion: Ch 10-13 Grammar Focus: Verbs Tenses
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Chapters 14-17
Literature Discussion: Ch 14-17 Videos of Survivor Interviews
Lesson 14
"Number the Stars" Creative Projects
Students present Creative Projects Grammar Focus: Intro to Prepositions
Unit 3"Who Was Louis Braille?" by Margaret Frith
3 lessons2 Weeks
"Who Was Louis Braille?" by Margaret Frith
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Introduction and Chapter 1
Intro to Biography and Louis Braille Discussion: Ch 1
Lesson 16
Chapters 2-5
Literature Discussion: Ch 2-5 Grammar Focus: Conjunctions/Interjections
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Chapters 6-10
Literature Discussion: Ch 6-10 Grammar Focus: Compound Subjects/Predicates
Unit 4"The Story Collector" by Kristen O'Donnell Tubb
7 lessons4 Weeks
"The Story Collector" by Kristen O'Donnell Tubb
 Week 9
Lesson 18
Introduction and Chapter 1
Intro to Mystery Genre Literature Discussion: Ch 1 Figurative Language: Onomatopoeia
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Chapters 2-6
Literature Discussion: Ch 2-6 Figurative Language: Alliteration Vocabulary Focus: synonyms/antonyms
Lesson 20
Chapters 7-12
Literature Discussion: Ch 7-12 Figurative Language: Simile/Metaphor Vocabulary Focus: homonyms
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Chapters 13-15
Literature Discussion: Ch 13-15 Figurative Language: Simile/Metaphor Vocabulary Focus: Homonym Matching Game
Lesson 22
Chapters 16-22
Literature Discussion: Ch 16-22 Vocabulary Focus: Greek/Latin Roots
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Chapters 23-27
Literature Discussion: Ch 23-27 Vocabulary Focus: Greek/Latin Roots Grammar: Catch up as needed
Lesson 24
Chapters 28-33
Literature Discussion: Ch 28-33 Look at Author's Notes Word of the Week Review Game
BS Degree in English Education, 30+ years teaching experience for all ages from preschool to adult, former homeschool mom and loving Nana
Homework Offered
Between classes, students will: 1. Read (or listen to) the assigned reading chapters before each class discussion. A reading guide will be provided to help with comprehension and preparation. 2. Complete the provided grammar practice worksheets to reinforce the grammar material 3. Complete various writing tasks
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Parents should contact me directly at the beginning of the course to discuss any requests for grades or for completion verification. I am happy to work with them to meet any needs they might have for their records.
Grades Offered
Parents should contact me directly at the beginning of the course to discuss any requests for grades or for completion verification. I am happy to work with them to meet any needs they might have for their records.
* A copy of each book (print or audio)
      "The Magician's Nephew" by CS Lewis 
      "Who Was Louis Braille?" by Margaret Frith
      "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry 
      "The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book" by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
* A notebook or folder to keep assignments and worksheets
* Pencil and paper for jotting notes or writing important thoughts
* Occasional simple craft materials might be needed (colored pencils, markers, etc) These will be noted in class and in the classroom the week before they are needed.
All literature is chosen from a generally recognized collection of age-appropriate, often award-winning, books. Parents are encouraged to research any unfamiliar books to be sure they are appropriate for their learner. 

The chosen books may have tense moments, unkind behavior, battle scenes, or mention of death. But each of these elements is presented and will be treated in an age-appropriate way. 

In accordance with Outschool policy, we will not be specifically examining the biblical allusions or allegories found in the Chronicles of Narnia book, outside of a general acknowledgement that Lewis' personal faith often informed his writing. This will be noted as a point of literary interest rather than a detailed examination of the theology behind the allusions.

Please feel free to communicate any concerns with me. I'm always happy to answer any questions or address any concerns. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(337)
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$30

weekly or $350 for 24 classes
2x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 21 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-10
4-12 learners per class

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