Young Learners English A



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Young Learner English A – CLOSED

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 cover the first half of the text (the second half is covered in English B during the spring semester). Optional homework will be given, but it is not collected or graded, so parents may wish to purchase the teacher’s edition of the text in order to check student work if that is desired.

Students will also read four 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, and Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton. 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. An optional writing assignment will be given each week and students can share their work and receive informal feedback from the teacher and their peers.

We suggest this course for 4th grade.

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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

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. Besides teaching online, Jenny serves as the children’s ministry director at her church and is a volunteer teacher at the local homeschool co-op her children attend.

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