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5th Grade Language Arts

Academic Year Language Arts

In our fifth-grade class, students learn to craft formal academic essays. During class, the teacher guides students through the entire academic writing process: brainstorming, questioning, researching, writing, revising, and rewriting. Students are given frequent opportunities to practice each component of essay writing, including common problem areas like research and quotation. Students use their Essay Voyage writing textbook as they explore this style of writing.

Additionally, students review foundational grammar concepts in greater depth and learn new vocabulary words. The grammar instruction is divided into four quarters: parts of speech, parts of a sentence, phrases, and clauses. The goal of these lessons is to improve students’ writing mechanics for implementation in their formal academic writing.

What happens in class?

In every class, students engage in a different combination of the following activities:

Homework

Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours on homework each week. Throughout the year, students work on several multi-week writing projects. Most weeks, students are expected to complete part of a project at home. It is crucial that students keep up with this process work and come prepared for class each week.

Each week, students also have some reading in their grammar text, Grammar Voyage, and writing text, Essay Voyage: doing this reading at home frees up class time for practicing and receiving feedback.

While it is not officially assigned, students should also plan to review their vocabulary words between classes using their Caesar’s English II vocabulary textbook. Students create vocabulary four squares for each word they study. In addition, there are regular cumulative vocabulary homework quizzes on the course homepage. Students should answer these without looking at their textbooks.

Students are also expected to read independently throughout the year from assigned novels and nonfiction books. Students will take weekly reading quizzes on the course homepage to ensure that they are keeping up with the reading.

Teacher Feedback

Since students complete most of their writing in class, there are many opportunities for the teacher to provide informal feedback face-to-face while students are working. The teacher conferences with students regularly during class, providing oral feedback and some informal written notes on their work. At the end of each multi-week project, students submit their final drafts and receive detailed, formal written feedback from their teacher.

Exams

Students will take an exam at the end of each quarter during class, weeks: 9, 18, 27, and 36. Each exam will assess students on the grammar, vocabulary, and writing covered that quarter.

Schedule in 2020-21

All times Pacific.
Saturday
Aug 15 - May 15
1:15 - 3:00 PM
Saturday
Aug 15 - May 15
1:15 - 3:00 PM
Adam Kaddoura
ENROLL
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Thursday
Aug 20 - May 20
3:45 - 5:30 PM
Thursday
Aug 20 - May 20
3:45 - 5:30 PM
Katherine Patterson
ENROLL
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