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English & Writing for Grades 3 to 8 is a comprehensive program that fortifies the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to develop a masterful command of Language Arts. Classes are determined by grade and skill level to foster a sense of community and social normalcy. Curriculum is targeted to reinforce and complement school-taught lessons, with individual feedback and edits provided by the instructor.
How the class is conducted:
Classes are online and conducted in mini-groups. Each week, there will be an independent unit focused on reading comprehension and writing. A text of three pages or less will cover science, history, or famous figures. Instruction will include organization and technical aspects of writing (grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.) as well as how to use the text to include relevant information.
Grades 3 & 4 will aim for two to three informative paragraphs, including compare/contrast. For Grades 5 and up, the goal will be to write three to five paragraphs, including compare/contrast and persuasive essays.
Maximum of eight students per class.
About the instructor:
Don is the author of the historical fiction novel "Zenobia" and "Miranda's Magic," a young adult fantasy book. He received his B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.A. in Education from Chapman University, concentrating on the history and financing of the public education system. A member of the California Writer's Club, Don currently writes on topics covering education, travel, sports, and social issues. Don spent 20 years as a marketing/communications executive and is now a credentialed high school English teacher. His writing includes novels, stage plays, and screenplays.
$30 per hour; materials and guidance provided at no extra cost
Every Wednesday or Friday for one hour each class
Each week is independent of other lessons. Each student will have their entire essay marked up with errors and suggestions for improvement by the instructor.
2:30 - 3:30 pm: Grades 3 & 4 (Wednesday or Friday)
3:30 - 4:30 pm: Grades 3 & 4 (Wednesday or Friday)
4:30 - 5:30 pm: Grades 5 & 6 (Wednesday or Friday)
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Grades 7 & 8 (Wednesday or Friday)
10+ weeks: 10% off // 5 to 9 weeks: 5% off // 2nd sibling is 10% off // 3rd sibling is 20% off