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3rd Grade Language Arts
Our third-grade course builds the foundations students need to become independent problem solvers in language arts. Over the course of the year, students explore ancient Greece while developing targeted reading, writing, critical thinking, and grammar skills. The course is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter, students read Greek myths while they create their own mythological stories, learning the craft of narrative. In the second quarter, we extend our study of Greek mythology by exploring the history of ancient Athens. Through this lens, students learn about the practice of history and produce an argument about Socrates, developing skills for reading and writing persuasive nonfiction. In the third quarter, students are introduced to Greek theater, which becomes a platform for writing and staging their own plays. Finally, in the fourth quarter, students embark on Homer's Odyssey, reading adaptations of the original stories while developing sentence-building, research, and narrative writing skills.
All of the projects, readings, and activities in the class are designed to foster reading, writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills at a level that is appropriately challenging for advanced third-graders.
What happens in class?
Each unit of 3rd Grade Language Arts is framed as an overarching language arts problem that students need to solve. In the course of solving this problem, students learn and apply skills across the spectrum of language arts: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, interpretation, and critical thinking. Each day of class includes a blend of the following types of activities:
- A critical reading and discussion component that introduces students to strategies for understanding and interpreting challenging reading material, and gives them practice engaging in a collaborative discussion with their teacher and classmates.
- A writing component, where students practice writing and grammar skills related to the text they explored at the beginning of class.
- A puzzle or performance component, where students engage in a challenging puzzle, class game, or performance to develop a deeper understanding of the day's topics.
Students should expect to spend about 1-2 hours on homework every week. Homework will include practicing the reading, writing, and grammar skills covered in class, working on ongoing writing projects, and completing reading assignments. Students are expected to read independently throughout the year from assigned novels and nonfiction books. Students will take weekly reading quizzes on the course homepage to ensure that they are keeping up with the reading.
Students will receive direct, oral feedback from their teacher during class. This in-person feedback is key in helping students revise and improve their writing while they are working on the writing projects. At the end of each writing project, students will submit their work to receive extensive written feedback from their teacher.
Students will take four in-class exams, one at the end of each quarter: weeks 9, 18, 27, and 36. Exams will focus on the grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing skills students are learning in class. Each exam day will also include time for students to present their writing project for that quarter.
Schedule in 2020-21
Aug 23 - May 23
2:45 - 4:30 PM
Aug 23 - May 23
Aug 27 - May 27
5:00 - 6:45 PM
Aug 27 - May 27