Foundational Language Arts Classes
How to label everyday parts of speech
How to write correct sentences
How to use paragraphing
How to use the steps of the writing process (write, revise, publish)
How to write thesis and topic sentences
How to write a basic, paragraphed informational or persuasive essay which includes an introduction with a thesis statement, at least one body paragraph with support for the thesis, and a conclusion
The definition of plagiarism, how to avoid it and how to give credit to sources.
How to proofread and correct common mechanical and spelling errors, seeking help if necessary.
How to recognize the four fundamental patterns of writing: descriptive, narrative, informative and persuasive.
Basic strategies to help overcome writers block and write more fluently
How to follow a teacher's guidelines for formatting papers
How to express themselves and their ideas
through creative and real-world assignments (ie. stories or vignettes; thank you letters, cover letters, letters to the editor, etc.)
How to write simple literary analysis (basic thesis, 1-2 body paragraphs with text evidence, conclusion, 1-2 pages in length.)
How to understand fundamental elements of literature –creation of plot, characterization, settings, mood, and tone
How to identify theme, plot and setting
To understand the difference between novels, short stories, poetry and plays
Basic literary terminology, such as protagonist, antagonist, point of view, and plot terminology.