Elementary English Courses

Elementary English 1

Suggested Age:

8-9 years

Students in this stage are gaining confidence in both their reading and writing skills.  Students will be introduced to the basic rules of grammar through color-coding, write with a purpose, as well as spell and use meaningful vocabulary words.


Purpose

Students in this stage are gaining confidence in both their reading and writing skills. Students will be introduced to the basic rules of grammar through color-coding, write with a purpose, as well as spell and use meaningful vocabulary words.


Process

Basic Rules of Grammar

  • Easy Grammar 3 Workbook is our primary grammar text

  • Color-coding parts of speech assists students in comprehending sentence patterns that will carry over into their sentence writing skills

  • Capitalization and punctuation practice

Compositions

  • Engaging weekly one-paragraph compositions

  • Topic sentence

  • Concluding sentence

Spelling/Vocabulary Assignments

  • Basic spelling rules: vowels, digraphs, diphthongs

  • Meaningful vocabulary

Handwriting

  • Scripture

  • Dictation

Parental Responsibilities

Each week parents are asked to oversee the completion of assignments

  • Easy Grammar

  • Spelling/Vocabulary

  • Weekly Writing Assignment to be sent to the teacher for grading

Elementary English 2

Suggested Age:

9-11 years old; students working at approximately a 4th or 5th grade level

Students in this stage of their development love to learn the rules for how things work.  Our grammar objective is to identify and understand the eight parts of speech and their functions within the sentence.  Students will learn to write to express, record, reflect, and problem solve.


Process

Basic Rules of Grammar

  • Easy Grammar 5 Workbook is our primary grammar text

  • Color-coding parts of speech assists students in comprehending sentence patterns that will carry over into their sentence writing skills

  • Capitalization and punctuation practice

Compositions

  • Write engaging five-paragraph compositions

  • Introduced to the writing process:  Brainstorm, Draft, Revise/Edit, Publish

  • Topic and concluding sentences

Spelling/Vocabulary Assignments

  • Spelling rules:  syllables, prefixes, suffixes, derivational relations

  • Meaningful vocabulary and activities

Handwriting

  • Scripture

  • Dictation

Parental Responsibilities

Each week parents are asked to oversee the completion of the following assignments

  • Easy Grammar

  • Spelling/Vocabulary

  • Weekly Writing Assignment to be sent to the teacher for grading

Elementary Literature

Suggested Age:

9-11

Purpose

  • Develop a love for literature

  • Master the use of common literary terms

  • Explore various genres of literature

Novels discussed in class and read at home:

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reading level grade 3 to 6; ages 8 -12 years

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Reading level grade 3 to 7; age range 8 to 12

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reading level grade 3 to 8; ages 8 to14 years

Genre: Historical Fiction

Reading level grade 3 to 5; ages 9 years and up

Genre: Science Fiction

Reading level grade 3 to 8; ages 9 to 12 years

Genre: Fantasy Genre

Reading level grade 5; ages 6 to 12)

  • Biography or Autobiography (student choice)

Process

  • Expected to read 20 minutes a day, five days per week for a total of 100 minutes

  • Students complete weekly assignments graded by the ODA teacher

Novel questions

Class Lesson Review questions

  • Students will:

Create a resource book

Read and discuss a variety of genres

Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions

Participate confidently in group discussions


Parental Responsibilities

  • Attendance is mandatory as each day is a new idea or term

  • Help your child develop a love of literature by reading with them as well as listening to them read. This helps the child develop reading fluency.