5th Grade Language Arts

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5th Grade Language Arts

Academic Year Language Arts

In our fifth-grade class, students strengthen their ability to craft every component of formal academic writing. During class, the teacher guides students through the entire academic writing process: brainstorming, questioning, researching, writing, revising, and rewriting. Students will be given frequent opportunities to practice each component of the five-paragraph essay, including research and quotation. Additionally, students review foundational grammar concepts in greater depth and learn new vocabulary words. The goal of these lessons is to improve students' writing mechanics for implementation in their formal academic writing.

What happens in class?

Each lesson includes a different combination of:

Homework

Students should expect to spend 60-90 minutes on homework each week. Throughout the year, students work on several multi-week writing projects. While most of the writing is done in class, students complete some of the writing and revising at home. It is crucial that students keep up with this homework and come prepared for class each week. Students also complete some reading in their grammar writing textbooks for homework. Additionally, while it will not be officially assigned, students should also plan to review their vocabulary words between classes using their vocabulary textbook. They will be assigned cumulative vocabulary quiz questions for homework through the course homepage. Students should answer these without looking at their textbooks.

Teacher Feedback

Since students will compete most of their writing in class, there will be many opportunities for the teacher to provide informal feedback face-to-face while students are working. The teacher will conference with students regularly during class, providing oral feedback and some informal written notes on their work. At the end of each multi-week project, students will submit their final draft and receive detailed, formal written feedback from their teacher.

Exams

Students will take an exam at the end of each quarter during class. Each exam will assess students on the grammar and vocabulary covered that quarter.

Schedule

All times Eastern.
Saturday
Aug 26 - Jun 9
12:15 - 2:00 PM Lisa Eise
$450
Sunday
Aug 27 - Jun 10
4:45 - 6:30 PM Alissa McElreath
$450
Monday
Aug 28 - Jun 4
5:00 - 6:45 PM Alice Verstrat
$450
WAITLIST
Wednesday
Aug 30 - May 30
5:00 - 6:45 PM Lisa Eise
$450
"My children have been students of AoPS Academy for several years now. The staff is very good at identifying and encouraging high achieving students to attain their fullest potential. The instructors engage kids to solve tough math problems, and push them to think logically and come up with unique solutions, instead of following a memorized formula. I have witnessed many classes where students are given the opportunity to suggest multiple ways of approaching the same problem. This has really helped my children develop independent learning skills and a stronger foundation in mathematics. The staff truly care for each and every student’s growth. Every child gets an abundance of individual attention. Programs such as the math competition classes, MATHCOUNTS Trainer Contest, and Short Story Contest really challenge the kids to reach up to the next level. The language arts classes like Debate & Public Speaking and College Essay Writing provide a much higher quality of education for their students. Thank you so much for being such a valuable resource for my children. "
-Usha D.
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