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Beginning Language Arts

Literature studies, vocabulary, grammar/mechanics

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Kim Heinecke


Class size:

minimum 10, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time:

TUES (1) 8:45-10:05

WED (1) 8:45-10:05


Pre-requisites for class:

Independent readers


Graduation requirement:


  • Course Description

This beginning language arts class will reinforce basic language arts skills for 4-5th grade students. This introductory class is designed to give students experience in an engaging and fun group setting. We will cover many concepts in the class, but parents may choose to supplement with additional language arts instruction at home.

Literature Studies: Students will read and interact with 4-5 age-appropriate chapter books, discuss basic story elements, practice reading strategies, identify the author's purpose, and explore point of view.

Vocabulary/Mechanics: Students will develop these skills using context clues, building vocabulary through reading, practicing correct punctuation and capitalization rules.

Writing: Students will develop writing skills through freewriting, journaling, and responding to reading selections.

  • Classwork / Homework

Class time will consist of literature discussions, guided note taking, and guided skills practice. Throughout the week, students will complete reading assignments, engage in skills practice, and keep a (simple) journal.

All of the skills and literature will first be introduced in class.  Students print the homework posted weekly to Google Classroom.

Students will enjoy the "class pet" (small stuffed animal) that will travel to their homes  in a rotation. Students will write a brief diary entry of what the pet experienced while at your home. 

  • Required Books & Materials

The Good Dog

by Avi

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater



by Andrew Clements


My Father's Dragon

by Ruth Stiles Gannett

  • Novels listed above* (Subject to change before May 1)

  • Single subject spiral (for journal)

  • Periodic internet access for skills practice

  • Printer for homework

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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