This is for students who have completed Language Arts 7 but not yet Reading 7. You can use this course for a year, or whatever is necessary, in order to get caught up and ready for the high school level courses.
Course Description: Students will review and practice spelling, grammar and writing skills using online resources. Students will produce quick creative writings as well as formal essays.
How to use this course:
Every day you will will click on the first grammar link below and do the next lesson given in the list on the site. When you get to the quiz, take that instead of doing a new lesson. You will then do a daily editing activity, the second link below. These can be printed ahead of time if you like, or, the student can just write down the edits in a notebook and then check the work when complete. The answers are on the same page, just further down. Finally, the students will write each day. This will start off slowly and then build up. The early writing activities are to help overcome writer’s block and the stress of starting writing. Getting started can be the hardest part.
Do a daily grammar exercise or quiz. (I suggest starting at lesson 86, which is the first lesson under Review in the Parts of Speech column.)
Do a daily editing activity. Start in February and work your way through.
Write for one minute.
Choose a topic. (You don’t have to use these topics. They are just for ideas, and you don’t have to pick from a certain month.)
Write for five minutes.
Choose a topic.
Write for ten minutes.
Read this page about how to write a paragraph.
Read more about writing a paragraph.
Write a paragraph. Your paragraph can be about anything: what you are learning, family, friends, hobbies, sports…
Read the first page about essay writing.
Read part 1 of 5 on how to write an essay. (There are many steps in part 1.)
Look again at part 1 and choose a topic, research if necessary and write your thesis sentence, what tells your topic to your audience. Think of three main things you want to say about your topic.
Your topic can be anything you are interested in, something you are learning about in school, or a current events topic.
Write your introduction paragraph, using your thesis sentence as the last sentence of the paragraph.
Write three topic sentences for the three middle paragraphs, what you decided you were going to say on your topic.
Write two of your middle paragraphs, including details supporting their topics.
Write your last middle paragraph and your conclusion. Refer to the how to as necessary.
Read part 2 of 5 of how to write an essay.
Read your essay for corrections.
Read your essay out loud and note and awkward moments.
Change verbs to make the stronger and more specific.
Add in examples.
Make it better!
Read parts 1 and 2 again and publish your essay when you are ready.
This could be saved in a portfolio.
Choose another topic. Choose something that needs a little research. Find a quote or statistic that you will use to open your essay.
Write your essay.
Write another essay that requires research and include a quote from somewhere.
Write two persuasive essays. (part 3 of 5)
Write two expository essays. (part 4 of 5)
Write two narrative essays. (part 5 of 5)
Just write for fun. Write for at least fifteen minutes a day.
This course can be completed for a second year if necessary.