Advanced English 1-5

(I) Gr.1-3 
Course description: Students will combine reading and writing to increase vocabulary, enhance reading skill, speed, and comprehension ability. They will accomplish this through reading short stories, books, & poetry, participating in group discussions, and independent writing, grammar, & comprehension practice. The class will spend each week focusing on a specific topic, engaging in group discussions, and completing independent practice.

Date

Topic

September 12

Review writing sentences

September 19

Fall

September 26

Paragraphs and using adjectives

October 3

Paragraphs – comparison

October 10

Punctuation  

October 17

Poetry

October 24

Poetry continued

October 31

Halloween

November 7

Vocabulary – antonyms and synonyms

November 14

Parts of speech – verb tense

November 21

Thanksgiving

November 28

NO CLASS

December 5

Response to literature

December 12

Review

December 19

FINAL EXAM


September 12: Practice writing complete sentences using the different parts of speech and write your own ending to a story.
September 19: Read “The Three Apples” and write a personal, descriptive story about Fall, discussing the difference between fact and opinion.
September 26: Discuss how to plan a story using diagrams, outlines, etc. Practice writing three paragraphs about one topic using adjectives and interesting descriptions.
October 3: Practice writing paragraphs comparing two or more topics.
October 10: Read sample stories and correct punctuation mistakes.
October 17: Read “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” and practice writing poetry.
October 31: Read about the history of Halloween and play Halloween Bingo using Halloween and Fall vocabulary words.
November 7: Discuss the differences between antonyms and synonyms, brainstorm examples, and play an antonym/synonym matching game.
November 14: Read various short stories, answer comprehension questions, and practice correct grammar.
November 21: Read a short story about the history of Thanksgiving and write a short story comparing and contrasting Thanksgiving in the past to present-day Thanksgiving.
December 5: Read various short stories, answer comprehension questions, and write a paragraph about each explaining it made you feel, what it reminds you of, what you don’t understand, etc.

December 13: Review the semester.
December 19: Final exam.


(II) Gr.4-5

Course description: Students will engage in a combination of group discussions and independent reading and writing to enhance their reading comprehension skills, speed, and vocabulary. Writing will be focused on creative and expository writing using clearly stated objectives and pre-writing exercises. Students will practice the various types of writing including expository, persuasive, compare/contrast, how-to, etc. The class will spend each week focusing on a specific topic, engaging in group discussions, and completing independent practice.

Books: Students will spend the semester reading supplementary novels as homework. Each week, students will read a chapter or two of the novel, answer a set of questions about the reading and we will discuss the story in class. If possible, please try to obtain two of these books from the library or bookstore by September 26. Thank you!

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
A Room with a Zoo by Jules Feiffer
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

Date

Topic

September 12

Writing Process

September 19

Fall

September 26

Five paragraph essay

October 3

Five paragraph essay

October 10

Editing  

October 17

Poetry

October 24

Persuasive writing

October 31

Halloween

November 7

How-to writing

November 14

Characters

November 21

Thanksgiving

November 28

NO CLASS

December 5

Cooperative work – write story as class

December 12

Review

December 19

FINAL EXAM


September 12: Review the writing process, pre-writing, rough draft, editing, and final draft.
September 19: Read a short story about Fall and write a short expository about the season.
September 26: Assign reading from first novel for homework, read sample five paragraph essays, and practice writing a five paragraph essay (expository, persuasive, or compare/contrast).
October 3: Continue to practice writing a five paragraph essay.
October 10: Edit five paragraph essays (self-editing and peer-editing). Discuss correct grammar and punctuation.
October 17: Read sample poems, discuss similarities and differences between prose and poetry, and write a poem.
October 24: Read and discuss sample persuasive five paragraph essay and write a persuasive essay independently.
October 31: Assign reading from second novel for homework. Read short stories about Halloween celebrations, answer comprehension questions, and discuss as a group.
November 7: Discuss how to do students’ favorite activities and write how-to essay.
November 14: Read short descriptions of various characters, discuss each character as a group, and write a sample paragraph describing a new character.
November 21: Read story about the history of Thanksgiving and write a five paragraph essay comparing and contrasting Thanksgiving in the past with present-day Thanksgiving.
December 5: Write a story as a class, including all eight parts of speech, introduction and topic sentences, and conclusion.
December 12: Review semester.
December 19: Final exam.

 

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