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Beginning English

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: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo, The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon, Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton, Frindle by Andrew Clements, Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, and The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. 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 sound structure and interesting details. Students will begin to become familiar with the writing process and 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 *
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, ISBN-13:978-0380709243
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
Frindle by Andrew Clements, ISBN-13: 978-0689818769
Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr, ISBN-13: 978-0763672812
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, ISBN 978-0547577111
The Green Ember by S.D.Smith, ASIN: B00QZ6BYNA

*Note: Parent may wish to purchase the Teacher’s Edition to check student work

Jenny Cutler graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Education, and in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education, both from Eastern University.  Jenny taught in both private and public schools until she had her first child and decided to stay home with him.  She ran a tutoring business during her first few years as a stay at home parent but found teaching online to be an ideal fit for her, and she made the switch in 2014. 

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