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Mrs. B’s Quality English Language Arts Curriculum

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Mrs. B, ELA Teacher, B.of Ed.
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In this 8-week semester course taught by a caring, experienced teacher, we will meet twice weekly and read three quality children's novels, while covering core English Language Arts objectives (including spelling, grammar, and writing) for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade learners. Ideal for those doing homeschool!

Class Experience

US Grade 4 - 6
3 units//16 lessons//8 Weeks
Unit 1Historical Fiction Genre
4 lessons2 Weeks
Historical Fiction Genre
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introductions! Number the Stars Chapters 1-3
In this lesson we will get to know each other and I will go over what to expect in the course. We will begin our first unit and novel, Historical Fiction: "Number the Stars". If possible, learners should read chapters 1-3 prior to our first meeting. We will end class with a fun game!
Lesson 2
Number the Stars Chapters 4-8
In this lesson we will discuss plot/setting/character for chapters 4-8. Grammar Lesson on Parts of Speech using examples from book. Chapter 9-13 for homework and grammar sheet for homework.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Number the Stars Chapters 9-13
In this lesson we will have a discussion on “What Should A Moral Person Do?” and go over how to write a persuasive paragraph. Spelling Lesson on Long Vowels/Plurals using words from the book. Chapter 14-17 and Book Report/Persuasive Paragraph for homework.
Lesson 4
Number the Stars Chapters 14-17
In this lesson we will finish "Number the Stars." Present Book Reports/Persuasive Paragraphs stating opinions on when to help others. I will do a Book Talk on other WW2 novels for kids. Introduce next genre/novel: FANTASY and “The Borrowers”! I will introduce the Literature Circle format which we will follow for our next unit. Chapters 1-5 of "The Borrowers" for homework.
Unit 2Fantasy Genre
5 lessons3 Weeks
Fantasy Genre
 Week 3
Lesson 5
The Borrowers Chapter 1-5
In this lesson we will begin our Fantasy Unit and have our first Lit Circle Meeting for Chapters 1-5 of "The Borrowers". Grammar lesson: Proper Punctuation! Grammar worksheet, chapter 6-10, and Lit. Circle Jobs for homework.
Lesson 6
The Borrowers Chapter 6-10
In this lesson we will have a Lit Circle Meeting for Chapters 6-10 of "The Borrowers". Proper Punctuation Game! Chapters 11-15 and Lit. Circle Jobs for homework.
 Week 4
Lesson 7
The Borrowers Chapter 11-15
In this lesson we will have a Lit Circle Meeting for Chapters 11-15 of "The Borrowers". Spelling Lesson on Short Vowels/Prefixes/Suffixes. Chapter 16-20 and Lit. Circle Jobs for homework.
Lesson 8
The Borrowers Chapter 16-20
In this lesson we will have a Lit Circle Meeting for Chapters 16-20 of "The Borrowers". Review spelling words and write a paragraph using words.
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Fantasy Poems
In this lesson we will participate in a Fantasy Poems Reading and Writing Activity: We will read 3 Fantasy Poems and learners will write their own Fantasy Poems!
Unit 3Adventure Genre
7 lessons4 Weeks
Adventure Genre
 Week 5
Lesson 10
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Introduction
In this lesson I will Introduce our new genre/novel: ADVENTURE and "Where the Red Fern Grows". Read Aloud/Predictions. Non-Fiction research lesson on Ozark animals. Chapter 1-5 homework.
 Week 6
Lesson 11
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapter Chapter 1-5
In this lesson we will do "Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapters 1-5 Discussion. Non-Fiction lesson on Ozark animals and research report writing lesson. Chapters 6-10 for homework.
Lesson 12
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapter 6-10
In this lesson we will do "Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapters 6-10 Discussion. Non-Fiction Research Presentations!! Chapter 11 for homework.
 Week 7
Lesson 13
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapter 11
In this lesson we will do "Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapter 11 discussion. Debate Activity Introduced. Topic: Hunting animals for food is acceptable. Spelling Lesson on Proper Nouns. Chapters 12-14, spelling worksheet, and debate note cards for homework.
Lesson 14
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapter 12-14
In this lesson we will do "Where the Red Fern Grows" Discussion on chapters 12-14. Debate Activity: Students will debate each other. Spelling Game!! Chapters 15-18 for homework.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapter 15-18
In this lesson we will do "Where the Red Fern Grows" discussion on chapters 15-18. FINAL PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS: Letters to Yourselves in Future. Chapters 19-20, Letters for homework.
Lesson 16
"Where the Red Fern Grows" Chapters 18-20, Wrap-Up and Farewells!
In this lesson we will present letters to ourselves and do a fun Reader's Theatre! We will say our fond farewells!
This class is taught in English.
  • Learning Goals: -enjoy reading three high interest novels from three different genres and build an appreciation of good literature -a continued growth of confidence and feelings of success in reading and writing abilities
  • -practice reading short passages aloud with expression and fluency; practice strategies to read tricky text -respond to text personally, including artistic options -participate in encouraging classmates in reading improvements
  • -learn and build on various writing formats and purposes such as reports, persuasive writing, and creative writing assignments -learn and build on various writing mechanics such as grammar, punctuation, and spelling
I am a career English Language Arts Teacher and have taught English Language Arts to Middle Years learners for over 25 years.  I am known for being encouraging to all learners no matter what the skill level. I am highly experienced in differentiating instruction to suit each students' needs. I am also known for being passionate about whatever book we are reading or piece we are writing, which has translated into my students feeling excited about reading/writing too! I am a veteran at modelling good reading/writing behaviors specific for Middle Years learners to observe.  It has been my absolute pleasure to teach and inspire thousands of learners!
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Homework
Frequency: 1-2 throughout the class
Feedback: as needed
Details: Most of the reading and writing assignments will be done as homework in between our twice weekly meetings. There will be approximately 20-50 pages of independent reading assigned in between each meeting.
Progress Report
Frequency: 3-6 throughout the class
Details: Detailed written assessments will be provided to parents for your learners’ English Language Arts reporting needs/portfolios. I will communicate several written reports on learners’ progress especially as it relates to reading and writing. Letter grades, and/or percentage grades can be sent upon request.
Grading
Frequency: included
Details:
-Students will need a binder or folder to keep written assignments in. Students may also store their assignments in a digital format if that is preferred to binders or folders.
-Students will need the following novels for this course, either in digital form or a hard copy:
“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry
 “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton
“Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls

Parents please note that the novel "Where the Red Fern Grows", although critically acclaimed and a wonderful book, contains a few scenes that might be hard for sensitive kids to read. The book includes descriptions of hunting, as well as a scene where a boy falls on an ax. The ending is very touching and well written, but also sometimes hard for animal-loving kids to read.

I have taught this book many times to children in this age group.  I will let all students/parents know in the homework assignments exactly when these scenes are coming up. We will not be talking about any gory scenes in detail during class time, although if the topics are brought up by students, I will facilitate a short, respectful discussion.
The Language Arts Curriculum that will be used in this course is from a Canadian source:
https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/ela/framework/gradebands.pdf

For the reading material in this course, please read the book summaries and reviews on https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Novels children we will read in this course:
- “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry
- “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton
- “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls

Websites we will visit during this course:
 https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

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$32

weekly or $256 for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Completed by 11 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-12
3-7 learners per class

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