World Literature (Grade8-11th)

In World Literature, students will improve their critical reading skills by studying classical and contemporary literary works from around the globe. Readings will include a wide variety of literary genres from short stories and novels (fiction), to plays, nonfiction and poetry. Students will improve their analytical reading and writing skills through written responses to the literature and through guided discussion questions. Students will have the chance to take part in lively class discussions including Socratic seminars and collaborative group work. The course will focus on improving students’ critical reading skills and reading comprehension. Students will be taught to respond to literature with focused analytical writing. Students will write analytical essays, edit, and revise their work carefully; they will also incorporate lessons in writing, grammar and vocabulary. The course is designed to stimulate and challenge students as well as to improve students’ English Language Arts skills.

Teacher: Mrs. Cox(see teacher’sBIO)

English Reading & Writing ( Grade 6-8)

In Reading & Writing, students will learn to develop and strengthen their writing through planning, revising, editing, and rewriting. Readings in this course will emphasize analysis of character and theme, authorial craft and style, and the elements of strong writing. The goal of class discussions and guided reading questions will be the development of students’ critical thinking skills through their active engagements with each week’s texts. Class discussions and activities will be focused on teaching students close reading skills and fostering students’ independent thinking. The course is primarily designed to strengthen students in academic reading and writing. Each class will involve reading and writing assignments. Students will be taught narrative, argumentative, and informative composition skills. Students will learn to consider the logical organization of their writing, how to choose relevant textual evidence in their literary analysis, and how to support claims in an argumentative essay with clear reasoning and sufficient evidence. Grammar and writing mechanics will be topics of specific instruction. The goal of this course is to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills in order to prepare them for challenging English Language Arts courses at the high school level.

Teacher: Mrs. Cox(see teacher’sBIO)

Reading & Writing 4-5

Storytelling through Poetry, Fables, and Fairy Tales (Grades 4–5)

This course will focus on the power of narrative throughout time and culture. Why do we tell stories? What do they reveal about individuals and the societies in which people live? Why are family stories important? How do they bind people together? On a larger scale, how do stories hold cultures together? In this course, we will focus on how story is used in poetry, specifically focusing on poetry that embraces storytelling in its structure. We will read and write our own stories and poems. Students will learn the basics of narrative and storytelling, rhythm and meter, metaphoric language, and poetic forms, including limericks, ballads, and free verse. Using some of these poems as examples, students will have the opportunity to write their own stories through poetry, fables and fairy tales.

For the writing portion of the class, students will learn the following:

• The basic elements of a story. During this process, they will have various exercises teaching them how to write dialogue and create character.

• How to recognize and write symbolic language and metaphor.

• Vocabulary building will be stressed throughout the course. I will give the students worksheets that list commonly used words and synonyms that can be used in their place.

• Rhythm and meter. Students will learn how recognize stressed and unstressed syllables and the five basic meters of poetry. They also will learn how to recognize and write in rhymical units called feet.

• Types of narrative poetry, including ballads, limericks, and free verse. For the poetry workshop session, they will choose one form (or more, if they are ambitious!) to follow as they write an original poem.

Week 1: Introduction to storytelling and narrative

Week 2: Workshop: Writing dialogue and creating character

Week 3: Introduction to fables and fairy tales

Week 4: Workshop: Writing a modern fable

Week 5: Workshop: Writing a modern fairy tale

Week 6: Introduction to narrative poetry, rhythm, and meter

Week 7: Workshop: Learning how to recognize meter and scan poetry

Week 8: Introduction to ballads

Week 9: Workshop: Writing a ballad

Week 10: Workshop: writing a cowboy poem or limerick

Week 11: Cowboy poetry and limericks

Week 12: Slam poetry and free verse

Week 13: Writing a slam poem or free verse

Week 14: Student poetry presentations part

Teacher: Mrs. Marino(see teacher’s BIO

Reading and Writing (Grades 2-3)

In this fast-paced course, students will explore how words help writers build worlds.  They will explore fiction and non-fiction texts along with poetry, and analyze the tools authors use to create vivid images and rich experiences across different genres.  Students will work on developing high-level vocabulary in context, varying their sentence structure, and creating their own expanded piece of fiction based on an imagined world.  

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