Grade 3 English Language Class – Spring 2018
Course Description: Targets the 4th/5th level. Students study rich vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing, setting themselves up for success in higher education. These skills will help students effectively write academic essays, participate in critical analyses, and share with small/large groups. Students will develop an understanding of the six traits of writing, the eight parts of speech, and numerous poetic tools: all elements of higher-level communication.
Goals: A complete and coherent instruction of formal language study.
1.Study of prefixes, suffixes, and sophisticated vocabulary. Students who know quality words can write and speak with quality words. 2.Reading of literature comprised of rich ideas universal to all cultures. 3.Study of grammar and academic writing in areas of science, math, literature, and research
4. Free writing every day.
5. Timed writing every week.
Teacher: Mr. Verbicar thoroughly enjoyed the English classes he taught at Discover Learning in 2017 and looks forward to more in 2018. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with degrees in English and Education, and has taught English in Mexico, England, Peru, and Spain. Mr. Verbicar is a veteran instructor, teaching gifted/talented FCPS students for more than 11 years. In recent years, Mr. Verbicar has been gratified to see a number of his graduates go to TJ for high school. No matter what grade level (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or high school), Mr. Verbicar has been excited by the opportunity to engage and challenge children. Seeing light bulbs go off in the heads of his students makes teaching the only job he would ever want to do.
Supplies To Bring The First Day:
1. A thick, 1.5-inch binder with five labeled dividers
oDivider two - Classwork oDivider three -Heavy Work oDivider five -*Life Notebook*
2. A pouch to store at least 3 pencils, 2 pens, and 1 highlighter. 3. Post-its
Location: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 125, Herndon, VA 20170. There is easy access from Route 7100/286 (Fairfax County PKWY). It is right off Elden Street.
Expectations: How to Go FAR in This Class
1. Be Focused.
-- Concentrate on the task at hand.
-- Adjust your voice level to suit the activity.
2. Be Active.
-- Come to class on time with all materials and assignments.
-- Always read with a pen or pencil. [Students will understand what this means by Week Two.]
3. Be Respectful.
-- Respect every person, place, thing, and idea.
-- Respect yourself: when appropriate, go beyond your comfort zone.
Calendar: Saturdays 5:00pm-6:30pm: [When it is in the best interest of his students, Mr. Verbicar will modify the calendar. He will also supplement lessons with age-specific examples.]
2/3: Primary Skills: Organization, Alliteration
2/10: Primary Skills: Annotation, Expectations, Affixes
2/17: Affixes. Annotation. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.
2/24: Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.
3/3: Time, Place, Mood. Annotation, Alliteration, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Fluency, Ideas, Voice, Conventions, Organization, Word Choice.
3/10: Time, Place, Mood. Inferences. Writing Conventions.
3/17: Flat, static, round, dynamic characters. Writing Conventions.
4/7: Writing Conventions. Evidence. Precept Proverb Adage Axiom Moral Maxim.
4/14: Personal Connection. Textual Interpretation. Rhythm, Mood, Quatrain, Couplet.
4/21: Inferences. Noun Pronoun Verb Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection.
4/28: Inferences. All Prior Skills.
5/5: Vocabulary, Etymology, Observation Inference Conclusion, Prior Knowledge.
5/12: Prior Knowledge, Direct Characterization, Indirect Characterization. Letter Writing.
5/19: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization.
6/2: Volume, Eye Contact, Speed, Expression, Memorization. Constructive Feedback. All Prior Skills. Foreshadowing.
SaturdayTime 2/3/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 2/10/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 2/17/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 2/24/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 3/3/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 3/10/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 3/17/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 4/7/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 4/14/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 4/21/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 4/28/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 5/5/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 5/12/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 5/19/20185:00pm to 6:30pm 6/2/20185:00pm to 6:30pm