This is the second semester of a year-long course in progress. Students are welcome to enroll for the second semester without having completed the first semester. English Foundations 1 is for 5th–7th graders who want an all-in-one online class that includes literature, vocabulary, writing, and grammar. The class will teach students how to approach literature.
In the second semester, we will be covering narrative, poetry, persuasive, and expository writing, as well as reading My Side of the Mountain and A Wrinkle in Time. Vocabulary practice will continue to consist of working with Wordly Wise.
Students will learn the following skills:
- Employ close reading skills
- Develop vocabulary
- Identify and explain signposts in writing
- Identify elements of plot
- Use questions, predictions, and inferences to deepen knowledge of texts
- Synthesize, summarize, and discuss texts
We will use literature to create writings in response to texts.
Students will develop the following skills:
- Craft sentences and three-part paragraphs
- Produce narrative, descriptive, informative, and persuasive writings
- Identify author’s craft and messages in poetry
- Develop grammar skills
- Create multimedia project for individual presentations
Who should enroll?
This class is open to 5th–7th graders.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Microsoft Word and Power Point is extremely helpful. If using a different word processing program, the document should be saved or exported as a pdf in order to submit it on Canvas.
Evaluation and Feedback
Rubrics are provided and clearly state the required criteria for writing assignments. Grammar and vocabulary exercises are usually graded automatically by Canvas. The literature comprehension questions are graded based on effort.
I believe in substantial, individualized feedback so that each student can gain confidence, enhance learning, and improve skills to encourage self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning. Students will receive this feedback via Canvas.
Parents will receive individual mid-year and end-of-year assessments.
Parents are welcome to contact me via email with questions before registering, but it is not necessary before enrolling a student. Once I know a student has registered, the family will receive a welcome packet with additional information about the course. I will contact parents if there is a concern that a student is not keeping up with the work or frequently turning in late assignments.