Literature and Composition 4/5

From: $73.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  4th–5th

Live Class:  Thu 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 21–May 3

Price:  $499

Instructor: Alicia Loran

Enrollment in this class is currently closed.

Course Description

In this one-year class, we will explore several novels while having fun and learning about all things reading and writing! We will also write our own short story along with some original poetry. Students will practice and perfect their skills in reading comprehension, grammar, writing, vocabulary, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. Come join us as we work on developing a love of literature!

We will be utilizing the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Fix It series to learn the basics of grammar one step at a time. We will cover parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, stylistic writing, techniques, vocabulary, and more with IEW. The literature portion of our class will find us working through several novels and poetry. We will be working on analyzing the stories, identifying story elements and literary devices, and making connections from the book to other books, ourselves, and the world around us. All of this will culminate in writing our own creative short story applying all the things we have learned during the year.

Course Structure

This class will consist of 3 novels, a writing unit, and a poetry unit. Reading of the novels will be done outside of class time. Class time will be used for analyzing and discussing what was read, collaborative work with other students, and direct instruction on grammar, literary elements, etc.

Who should enroll?

Any student in grades 4–5 are welcome to join us!

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Google Account is highly recommended.

Evaluation and Feedback

Feedback on each assignment is important for growth and development for both reading and writing. Assignments will be graded and feedback will be provided. If there is something that seems to be a consistent struggle for the student, we will work together to find a time to meet outside of class and work on it. My goal is to help each student grow. Each child is different and has a different starting point so challenging them will look different from student to student, but with consistent communication and an open door, my goal is to make each student feel confident and comfortable all while developing a love and understanding of reading and writing.


Communication is integral in this type of learning environment. I encourage all students/parents to reach out via Canvas any time they have a question or concern. I usually reply within 24 hours. Weekends I usually don’t check email so it may be Monday before I can get back with you. I am here to help you, so please reach out with any questions. We are a team!

Required Texts


The following books can be acquired through the links below.

The following supplies will be needed for this course:

  • 2 inch three ring binder
  • dividers (one set)
  • notebook paper
  • notecards
  • spiral or composition notebook
  • highlighters
  • pens, pencils, erasers


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Instructor Bio

Alicia Loran

Teaching has always been at the heart of who I am. I have been teaching in various forms for 20 years – from public school, homeschooling my own children, homeschool co-ops, online tutoring, and local homeschool outsources in my area. I have two sons who have graduated from homeschool. My oldest has finished college and my youngest is currently starting his sophomore year.

I attended Texas A & M University and graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Reading in 1996 and then went to work in the public schools. I have a soft spot for any student that learns differently than others.  I feel like by working together as a team, we can build confident students, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers. I will ALWAYS meet you and them where they are.  If there is anything I can do in my classroom to help them be successful, please let me know.

When I am not teaching, you can find me at my home in the country playing with my chickens and dogs. I love to be outdoors having fun – running, paddle boarding, or just about anything that sounds fun!

Email: aloran[at]

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