Would you like to make grammar and writing more engaging for your children? Welcome to the world of book studies and mentor sentences! Together, we will be exploring children’s literature to cover both reading and grammar objectives for the year. By working in groups, this approach to grammar and writing will be engaging, interactive, and hands-on. Students succeed when they learn from amazing, well written sentences! This class can be used as a full English Language Arts curriculum for your child or as a supplement. Weekly assignments will be given to ensure your child is successful in this class.
- Identify intended purpose of the text.
- Identify and/or interpret the meaning of content-specific words used in text.
- Make inferences and/or draw conclusions based on information from the text.
- Identify and/or explain stated or implied main ideas and relevant supporting details from the text.
- Summarize the key details and events of a fictional text as a whole.
- Identify, interpret, compare and/or describe components of fiction (character, setting, plot).
- Identify, interpret, compare and/or describe connections between text.
- Identify, explain, and/or interpret text organization, including sequence, question/answer, comparison/contrast, cause/effect or problem/solution.
Book List and Grammar Objectives
- First Day Jitters By Julie Danneberg: simple sentences, possessives
- Enemy Pie By Derek Munson: adjectives, subjects and predicates
- Saturdays and Teacakes By Lester Laminack: proper nouns
- My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother By Patricia Polacco: commas in a series, subjects and predicates
- Fireflies! By Julie Brinckloe: compound sentences
- Come On, Rain! By Karen Hesse: vivid verbs
- The Man Who Walked Between The Towers By Mordicai Gerstein: compound sentences, vivid verbs
- Verdi By Janell Cannon: comparative/superlative adjectives
- Stellaluna By Janell Cannon: apostrophes, quotation marks and dialogue
- I Need My Monster By Amanda Noll: quotation marks and dialogue
- If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian: simple sentence, adjectives
- The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg : conjunctions, compound sentence
- Knots on a Counting Rope by John Archambault: similes and personification
- How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting : description for visualization
- Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement: complex sentences
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen: compound predicate, possessive pronouns
- Trouble With Trolls by Jan Brett: quotation marks, adverbs
- The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett: complex sentences
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett: complex sentences