Language Arts 6 A

Why This Class

As a parent, you know that writing is one of the most valuable life skills your student can develop—but teaching them how to write is easier said than done, especially in the early stages. Students in this course read classic stories and build their writing skills through a variety of assignment styles, including essays, creative writing, and a poetry portfolio. 

Students will learn how to apply reading skills to analyze literature, use and apply vocabulary, and practice grammar and punctuation skills. Students practice these skills four days per week, making rapid progress in clarity and technical skills. Most importantly, students feel free to express themselves and begin to tap into their unique “voice.”

By the end of this course, students have overcome foundational struggles with the technical aspects of writing and gained confidence in their ability to communicate well. They are also excited by a new awareness of how thinking like a writer can enrich their lives.

Overarching Questions

What is the power of language and how can I use it through writing?

What is descriptive writing and how is it used in real-world situations?

What is narrative writing and how has it enriched my life?

What is research-based writing and how is it used in real-world situations?

How do I research a topic?

Reading List

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum

The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 6, 7, 8 by Lauralee Moss

White Fang by Jack London

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 2

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

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