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This course will help give students a strong foundation in language arts and prepare them for future coursework. Using Rod and Staff’s Grade 5 Following the Plan, students will learn the parts of speech and parts of the sentence. Students will also cover basic writing and mechanics topics such as subject/verb agreement, capitalization, and punctuation.
Students will also read eight highly acclaimed middle-grade novels: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo, The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon, Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, and Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. These are engaging and high-interest works that even reluctant readers typically enjoy and can be covered as read-aloud stories with the family or read independently.
Students will also work on writing paragraphs with interesting details and a clear structure. They will become familiar with the writing process and learn how to brainstorm, draft, revise, and edit their work. Writing rubrics will be introduced and utilized to help students grow in confidence and receive constructive feedback on their work.
We suggest this course for 4th grade.
Please view prerequisites and required supplies below.
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Following the Plan, Student Textbook Grade 5, Rod and Staff Publishers ISBN-13: 9780739905197 *
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, ASIN: 0061124958
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo, ISBN-13: 978-0763680893
The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon, ISBN-13: 978-0312380038
Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton, ASIN: B071VY4T4J
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, ISBN-13: 9780545041737
Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, ISBN-13: 978-0763672812
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, ISBN 978-0547577111
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, ISBN-13: 978-0544927810
Sydney Sinni believes that people can encounter visions of beauty, goodness, and truth through great literature, and she loves engaging in deep conversations about such books with her students.
Sydney graduated from Baylor in 2022 and currently resides in Waco with her husband, who is completing a Ph.D. in English at Baylor. When she is not talking about books with her husband over a warm cup of tea, Sydney enjoys gardening, cooking, and long conversations with friends.
For Sydney, online teaching is a special opportunity to share the skills and the knowledge she has gained with the homeschool community. Sydney was homeschooled from K-12th grade and discovered her love for literature in an online class. She knows that literature can be delightful and morally formative, and she is anxious to help other students experience the joys of literature.