We start the year working on writing with an emphasis on learning proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization rules which is all taught in the daily Work on Words (WOW) lessons during the first term. Specific grammar skills are taught with a look at some basic parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and pronouns. Reading strategies also play an important part of the curriculum at the beginning of the year. Everyone is expected to be doing daily silent reading all year and making at least 2 reading responses each week to what they are reading. We will also be reading the novel "Golden Boy" aloud in class which will allow students to apply some of the reading strategy skills they will be learning. In class, students will be taught about the reading skills that good readers use and and will be given many opportunities to practice these skills throughout the year. Students will be taught note-taking skills as well as how to organize their notes into an outline from which they will write their paragraphs. Proper paragraph writing with introductory and concluding sentences is taught as well as how to utilize transition sentences to move the reader from one idea to the next within a paragraph. Students will learn how to write a variety of types of sentences such as compound, complex and compound-complex sentences, and how to use conjunctions in their sentences to combine ideas.
Term 2 begins with a short story unit where students will read and analyze short stories as well as apply some of the writing skills taught in Term 1 to help them write their own short story. Students will also be taught how to write a compare/contrast essay using the information taught in Social Studies.
Term 3 starts with the study of poetry. Students will learn about the different poetic devices used by poets in their poetry such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, etc. Poetry will be analyzed for the use of rhythm, repetition and sound effects and their effects on the meaning of the poem. Students will be writing a variety of poetry that includes many of these poetic devices and sharing them with the class. Following the poetry unit the students will be engaged in a Debating unit that will teach them effective speaking skills as well as how to plan out a good persuasive argument and deliver it properly in a respectful debate style. Students will be working with a partner to prepare and deliver their debates.