This class is a refined skill-based guided writing level 5 class that is taught in a different way: Strength-Focused By Jennifer Rose.
Level 5 introduces research.
We will be building writing skills and vocabulary systematically for students in grades 5 and 6. Most of the skills are drawn from the higher level of the grade spread, therefore this class is most appropriate for advanced grade 5 students and on-level grade 6 students. Each of our levels has twoyears worth of skill content. A student can take this level for two years without repeating content! When your student is ready to write extensive papers and write in test-taking conditions they will move on to Level 6.
Our "skill-based" program helps students focus on specific writing skills in each class, so they gain mastery skill by skill. They become confident, competent writers. Each term we practice many genres of writing. Each genre builds different skills such as building attention to word choice with poetry and attention to descriptive details with science writing.
Meanwhile "guided" writing is highly supported, and enables students to produce complete writing that is well-structured.
For example, in Level 5, a guided writing assignment could provide the following prompts: 1. What are three adjectives that describe you? Write two synonyms for each adjective, then circle the best descriptive word. 2. Give evidence (reasons or examples) to support each of the adjectives you chose. 3. What past experiences have contributed to making you who you are?4. Complete the sentence: I am the kind of person who _______. 5. What does it feel like to be you?
A student who follows these prompts learns to use a thesaurus, provide support for general statements, describe cause and effect relationships, and make classifications and generalizations.
We will begin each class by building grammar with the Grammar Workshop from Sadlier throughout the year.
Student Grammar/Workbooks for Strength Writing 5A Grammar Workshop for Grade 5 (full year curriculum)