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    Karyn Booth

    Writing & Rhetoric 3 and 4

    This week’s focus: Lesson 1 What Makes and Story a Story? AND Lesson 2 Review of Narrative Types

    In preparation for Schole support class:

    PARENTS—please read the introduction, pages ix-xiv

    I used to teach writing in junior high classroom, then tutored students who were working really hard to do well on their grade 12 English exams. I came a way a bit frustrated for the students, all of whom I felt were putting in solid efforts but not reaping consistent rewards. I was collecting a long list of frustrations, and soon was so disappointed with the teaching of writing. And then-I read the introduction to this book and felt like it addressed so many of the hurdles I saw with the mainstream writing approach. I am involved with this book and curriculum, not because it is perfect, but because it is a beacon of hope for ALL students to gain a solid level of proficiency. So, if you haven’t read the introduction, that’s ok, but do know that the creator of this curriculum shares his “why” and I found it so inspiring.

    To be completed this week: (I know this list looks long, it’s small pieces and review…email me if it feels too much)

    Lesson 1—read pg 1-3 be able to explain and give an example for rhetoric, plot, and characters

    P 5/6 complete Go Deeper, at least two of A,B,C,D
    P 7-11 complete at least half of each section.
    P 11-12 Writing time and Dictation

    Optional—Writing Time and Speak It

    DO READ p 13-14 on proper elocution

    Lesson 2 Review of Narrative Types
    P15 review the narrative types and complete p 18-21

    Complete p 22 copywork and Dictation

    ENRICHMENT – Extra resources for children and families who desire more

    Page 24 Speak It–Choose one of the fragments from the “Go Deeper” section, memorize it and refer to the elocution instructions.


    Complete your amplification on page 23 –Jack and the Giant Killer. Please also include your brainstorming page we created in the zoom class.

    Please contact karynbooth.tutor@gmail.com with any questions and submissions.

    Monica Hielema

    Class Name: Middle Grammar Literature Grades 3 / 4
    Tutor: Monica Hielema
    This week’s focus: Enjoy Reading!

    For Parent:
    The purpose of Literature at CCSchole is to introduce students to reading good books by providing a list of books, arranging accountability, and fostering conversation around the elements of story. The story elements include setting, characters, plot, conflict, and theme. In most months a book will be assigned for reading in preparation for a monthly Literature Discussion Class. Class will be scheduled as Zoom or as hosted by families. Meeting details will be emailed.
    As necessary, a student can listen to assigned novel read aloud OR on audio while following along in book. Contact me at any time if you need ideas. Your child should be enjoying reading!

    To be completed this week:
    • Read 20 minutes / day (minimum) from book of choice. See recommended lists such Curriculum Guide or Classical Reader. http://www.classicalreader.com/
    • Check off daily reading on September Submission Guide (Find in parent resource tab of Resource Library.)
    In preparation for Literature Discussion Class on Friday, October 2nd:
    Read The Velveteen Rabbit

    Please contact mhielema@redeemer.ab.ca with any questions and submissions.

    Annemarie Barwich

    Literature Upper Grammar: Grades 5 and 6

    Read 20 minutes / day (minimum) from book of choice
    See recommended lists such Curriculum Guide or Classical Reader
    The Classical Reader: A Comprehensive Reading Guide for K–12 Students

    Reminder to mark the daily reading on Monthly Submissions Guide: Upper Grammar
    Using the Guide will help grow the habit of daily reading ~ enjoy conversations about books in your family

    Monica Hielema

    Class Name: Writing & Rhetoric 1/2
    Tutor: Monica Hielema
    This week’s focus: Lesson 1 Fabulous Fables

    For Parent:
    Objectives for Fable exercises found in book:
    1. Expose students to the form of fables as well as culturally important examples.
    2. Model fluent reading for students and give them practice reading short texts.
    3. Give students practice copying texts accurately.
    4. Strengthen working memory through dictation, thus improving storage and manipulation of information.
    5. Increase understanding of the flexibility and copiousness of language through sentence manipulation.
    6. Facilitate student interaction with well-written texts through question and answer and through exercises in summary and amplification.
    7. Give students opportunity to creatively imitate sentences and whole fables.
    8. Introduce concepts of main idea and character traits.

    In preparation for Schole support class:
    • Begin LESSON 1:
     Fabulous Fables (page 1 and 2)
     Have student listen to the reading of The Lion and the Mouse (only read once asking student to listen carefully before narrating).
     Tell it Back – narration (remember to give student the first sentence to help him/her get started)
     Finish Sentence Play on page 8: bring this to class as I will ask several students to share theirs.

    • During Wednesday’s Zoom class we will work through TALK ABOUT IT and brainstorming for REWRITE ideas.
    BRING TO CLASS: Small whiteboard and marker OR a clipboard with paper and marker. Completed “sentence play” from page 8 – I will ask student volunteers to share their sentence.

    To be completed this week: (this may be before or after Wednesday’s class)
    • Complete Lesson 1 – GO DEEPER (page 5 and 6), WRITING TIME (page 7 and 8)
    • Your student will re-write their “changed” version of The Lion and the Mouse

    ENRICHMENT – Extra resources for children and families who desire more

    Ooey Gooey
    Author Unknown

    Ooey Gooey was a worm,
    A mighty worm was he.
    He stepped upon the railroad tracks,
    The train he did not see!
    Ooooey Goooey!

    Rewrite The Lion and the Mouse – submit to mhielema@redeemer.ab.ca (due on or before October 2nd).
    Please contact mhielema@redeemer.ab.ca with any questions and submissions.

    Annemarie Barwich

    Writing & Rhetoric Book 5 and 6
    This week’s focus: Lesson 1: Attacking Wrongdoers and defending the Virtues

    PARENTS – please read & review Introduction to Students: On the Road to Rhetoric with your child
    If new to Writing & Rhetoric, I encourage reading all the introduction and especially Objectives for Refutation & Confirmation on pg. xv

    Look through the Table of Contents with your child, ask your student to read titles. Do they notice patterns or repeated words? Does this give any clues to the purpose of what they will write in this book?
    Looking at title of lessons 1-6 – what words can you find that make you think of persuasion?
    What word do lessons 7, 9, and 11 have in common? Look up the word refute / refutation in a dictionary.
    What word do lessons 8, 10, and 12 have in common? Look up the word confirm / confirmation in a dictionary.

    A note on whether students should use handwriting or typing for lessons. Since students in grade 5 and 6 are still developing skill in penmanship, I strongly encourage students to complete assignments using handwriting. When submitting written assignments from Book 6, which are 6-parapgraph essays, typing will be optional. For assignments in Book 5, I prefer students use their best penmanship.

    In preparation for Schole support class:
    Wednesday class W&R 5/6: online Zoom 2:30 to 3:20pm
    Bring Writing & Rhetoric Book 5, pencil, and eraser to Zoom Class

    Read Believe It or Not and The Legend of John Henry pgs. 1- 7
    Complete Tell It Back – retelling to a parent

    To be completed this week:
    Go Deeper
    Writing Time
    Speak It
    Revise It

    From Writing Time, choose either
    B – Description of a Person
    C – Detailed Action
    Write in a paragraph of 4-6 sentences. Revise it! Practice using proofreading marks.

    Suggestion: use a thesaurus when looking for descriptive words to include in your amplification.
    Please include your name on your writing.
    DUE: Oct 5 week – email abarwich@redeemer.ab.ca

    Listen and sing Ballad of John Henry

    Speak It – practice reading the The Ballad of John Henry with dramatic emphasis
    Ms. Annemarie is looking for a volunteer to read or recite at start of next class

    Please contact abarwich@redeemer.ab.ca with any questions and submissions.

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