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Writing & Social Studies: People and Places in Our Community (Part 2)

Students complete two courses at once, writing and social studies, by learning how to write about the amazing people who keep a community running smoothly—from carpenters, road crews, and train engineers to pilots, librarians, and doctors.
Sandi Verfurth
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Completed by 2 learners
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50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 11 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

1. Students will learn how to identify the keywords in a sentence and use them to form an outline. They will learn how to compose orally by retelling the same content from the keyword outline in their own words. 

2. Students will learn to structure their paragraphs with a title, a topic sentence, and a clincher (closing) sentence.

3. Students will learn to add style to their writing by including -ly adverbs, who-which clauses, because clauses, and to substitute the weak verbs of say/says/said with stronger verbs such as cried, exclaimed, and shouted. 

4. Students will have weekly vocabulary words that they will include in that week's writing. 

5. At the same time, students will learn about the various sectors in a community and its places and people. I have listed these in the course description.

6. Students will also learn how to use a story sequence chart and to write a story that incorporates characters and setting, a conflict or a problem, and a climax and resolution

7. And finally, students will learn to use a checklist to ensure that each of their compositions contains every necessary element that they have learned and implemented.
I have taught writing for years and am always amazed at how quickly children learn the steps of writing and what excellent writers they can become!
I will give the student a typed copy of the paragraph that they dictated to me from their keyword outline. If able, the student will copy the paragraph by hand and will then compare it with a checklist of items that they need to include, such as a title, the student's name in the top lefthand corner, correct punctuation, and the required stylistic techniques. The time the student takes to copy the paragraph will depend on the student's handwriting speed, but it should not take long because the paragraph will never be more than five short sentences. As students progress, they will be writing their own paragraphs outside of class, and then we will work on them together during the next class period. 

If a student is unable to copy the paragraph by hand, I will happily make accommodations, and they will still be able to learn everything from the lesson because the student completes most of the writing work at this stage mentally.
Assessment at this stage is informal. But I am happy to provide whatever paperwork or information that a family needs to fulfill their state's requirements. 
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Sandi VerfurthLover of English Literature and Charlotte Mason Fan
4 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I am a lover of English Language Arts and all its many facets. I teach multiple classes of IEW for all different age groups and different skill levels. I teach beginning reading and reading remediation. I also love good literature, so I... 
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