Adventures in Writing – 4th – 7th Grades* – Mondays Online – 11:15 – 12:15

Instructor: Anna-Maria Lane OK Certified Teacher With Extensive Classroom Experience in Language Arts

Cost: $100 per semester for 12 one-hour, online classes

In this live, online class, 4th through 7th* grade writers will learn how to craft strong sentences and paragraphs and will work toward essay writing. This class will be helpful to students who are new to paragraph writing as well as students who have a little more writing experience. Learning to write well-crafted sentences improves paragraph writing, and effective paragraph writing leads to stronger essays! Students in this class will also learn a few basic grammar and usage rules that will help them on their journey to becoming better writers.  In addition, they will develop confidence, improve vocabulary, and engage deeply with language by reading, memorizing, and reciting poetry. Students will have the opportunity to build both their academic and creative writing skills and to share their writing with their peers in order to become part of a supportive writing community.  (6th graders and 7th graders who take this class will also be invited to join students from the older language arts class for a 30 minute storytelling club inspired by The Moth from 2:15 to 2:45 on Mondays.)

Homework Expectations – approximately 1 to 1½ hours per week

Prerequisites: In order to get the full benefit of this class, students need to already be capable of using multiple sentences to express themselves. They also need to have the writing stamina to do some writing during class although most of the writing will take place outside of class.

*Note Concerning 6th and 7th Graders: Depending on the number and ages/levels of students who enroll, we might consider splitting this class into two different groups based on needs. However, even if we keep all students in one group, assignments can be extended for more advanced students so that they can work on essay writing when ready. This age group will have the opportunity in the future to begin more in-depth essay writing and grammar study in the Language Arts Workshop class. That class is a multi-year class, and I will start a new group next year for 7th graders and up who are interested. This class will be good preparation for that more in-depth class.