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Beginning Language Arts

Literature studies, vocabulary, grammar/mechanics, intro to writing

2-yr rotating novel study



Tabitha Raymond


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 14


Additional fees:



Class time: (Meets once/week)

(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 points of view.

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

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

Grammar: Students will be introduced to basic grammar rules and concepts.  Including, but not limited to, verbs, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, pronouns, etc. 

  • 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 will 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. Each week, the "pet" writes a brief diary entry of what he experienced while at your home. 

  • Required Books & Materials
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Charlotte's Web

by E.B. White

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The Toothpaste Millionaire

by Jean Merrill

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Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

  • Novels listed above

  • Composition notebook

  • Folder for homework

  • Single subject spiral (for journal)

  • Periodic internet access for skills practice

  • Printer for homework

Check used booksellers for best prices on novels.​

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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