Introduction to Middle School Language Arts:  Grades 5-6

This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class is for middle school students with no writing experience, and those just starting middle school. Each class will consist of five components: literature, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling.

Through the use of interactive note-booking, students will learn to identify literary devices and techniques. These include symbolism, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, as well as others. Vocabulary will be integrated with literature and focus on words in the current reading selections. These selections (novels are listed below) will cover fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and informational text. The grammar component will utilize Analytical Grammar Junior to teach basic parts of speech, while standard spelling rules will be reviewed and reinforced with a weekly list, and spelling test taken on Spelling City website.

The cornerstone of this class will be the writing component. Students will learn the proper technique for writing a paragraph and essay, how to brainstorm topics, outline paragraphs and essays, formatting paragraphs and essays, and self-editing. Topics explored are creative writing, poetry, short reports, and five-paragraph essays.

Instructor will supply necessary curriculum and reading materials. Supply Fee reflects instructor’s purchase of these items.

Curriculum workbooks, notebooks and print-out material supplied by instructor:

  • WriteShop Junior, Level F Activity Book
  • Analytical Grammar Junior
  • Literature notebook

Reading books instructor will purchase for students:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Items to be supplied by students: 3 ring binder, pens or pencils, and paper

Class homework requirements: consists of reading assigned text, a portion of current writing unit (brainstorming, first draft, final draft, journal entry) spelling test, and grammar worksheets.

NOTE: Instructor will be happy to evaluate a sample paragraph for appropriate class placement


Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 5-6
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $100
Tutor: Rhonda Clark

Covid Contingency Plan

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. The students and I will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments will be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. I will also make myself available for one-on-one feedback during the assigned class time, or at a time that is convenient to your child. The goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.