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3rd Grade Language Arts
Our third-grade course builds the foundations students need to become independent readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Over the course of the year, students learn about ancient Greek culture and history while developing targeted reading, writing, and grammar skills. The course is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter, students read Greek myths while they create their own mythological stories, learning the craft of narrative. In the second quarter, we extend our study of Greek mythology by exploring the history of ancient Athens. Through this lens, students learn about the practice of history and produce their own historical texts, developing skills for reading and writing informative nonfiction. In the third quarter, students are introduced to the stories of Homer's Odyssey, which becomes a lens for exploring philosophy and logic while students produce their own logic-based persuasive speeches. Finally, in the fourth quarter, students study Greek theater, learning its history and conventions while they write their own Greek plays to perform for the class.
All of the projects, readings, and activities in the class are designed to foster reading, writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills at a level that is appropriately challenging for advanced third-graders.
What happens in class?
Each day of 3rd Grade Language Arts consists of a critical reading and discussion component, Writing Studio time, and an extension activity.
- The critical reading and discussion component introduces students to strategies for understanding and interpreting challenging reading material, and gives them practice engaging in a collaborative discussion with their teacher and classmates.
- In the Writing Studio, students practice writing and grammar skills related to the text they explored at the beginning of class. During the Writing Studio time, the teacher works closely with students to give them focused, specific feedback on their writing.
- Our extension activities are challenging language arts problems and puzzles that help students develop a deeper understanding of the day's topics.
Students should expect to spend about 60-90 minutes on homework every week. Homework will include practicing the reading, writing, and grammar skills covered in class, working on ongoing writing projects, and completing reading assignments. Students are expected to read independently throughout the year from assigned novels and nonfiction books. Students will take weekly reading quizzes on the course homepage to ensure that they are keeping up with the reading.
Students will receive direct, oral feedback from their teacher during class, especially during the Writing Studio time. This in-person feedback is key in helping students revise and improve their writing while they are working on the writing projects. At the end of each writing project, students will submit their work to receive extensive written feedback from their teacher.
Students will take four in-class exams, one at the end of each quarter: weeks 9, 18, 27, and 36. Exams will focus on the grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing skills students are learning in class. Each exam day will also include time for students to present their writing project for that quarter.
Aug 29 - May 22
|5:00 - 6:45 PM||Jasper Diggs||