Using well written picture books and interesting non-ficition children's books, my lessons are personalized for each individual student to match their ability and help them grow to the next level.
Students are encouraged to read aloud to promote pronunciation, vocabulary
development, pacing, and comprehension.
For K-2 students, reading is followed by a writing assignment or creative project focusing on the themes of the book.
For students in grades 3-5, we might compare two books in terms of subject, writing style, or form. Writing projects include eveything from crazy stories, to how-to essays, to poster boards filled with information about a subject they love.
My students and I read, discuss, write and think about books. Some of these books are fiction with important themes that they can relate to while others are about different subjects they never even heard of before. Language
Arts Grades 6 and up:
We focus on mentor texts to explore writing styles and structures. We look at how good writers write well in many different ways.
Instead of drilling on a specific essay
form, we delve into the craft of writing. Then we learn how to use those skills for all essay forms and writing assignments.
We tackle writing in many different styles: narrative, opinion, persuasive, informative, argumentative and expository.
We learn how to state our opinions with clear reasoning and details. We learn how to summarize and not simply repeat. We learn how to draw the reader in with an introduction and how to clarify our points in the conclusion. We learn how to express our own voice in our writing style just as we do in our speaking style. We write funny or quietly, 1st person or 3rd person, pro and con for any arguments.
In addition to structure, we spend time on grammar
, and incorporating new vocabulary into our analysis and writing.
We never just practice for standardized tests. We learn to write so much more creatively and confidently than any test can measure. So when we face the essay questions on the test, we know we can do it. And we do it well.ESL
ESL Speaking and Conversation. American History
and Current Events
For adults or kids living in America for the first time, who would like to learn about American's history and culture and learn to discuss current events.
We cover basic history that is taught to most public school students plus more interesting facts and stories. We also discuss current events so that you can learn to have conversations and express your own opinions in English
Enrichment Projects Using Critical Thinking:
For inquisitive kids who are interested in learning beyond the classroom.
Creative projects allow kids to research a subject in depth and tackle a large scale project for the sheer joy of learning.
I also have lesson plans and unit themes for ongoing projects for groups such as homeschoolers or afterschool classes. I can also run a debate club or a mock trial club.
Puppets and Storytelling
Learn about who created the Muppets and the balloons in Thanksgiving Day Parade. Explore the art
of storytelling and puppet making. Create a character, give your puppet a personality, and write a script for a show. Then it's showtime. Philosophy
through Children's Literature
Ready to really think about things? Philosophy is all about thinking about what we know and how we know it. We’ll read some interesting stories together that bring up some intriguing questions. For example: How do we know if something is real? What is truth? How do we know right from wrong? We will ponder and probe into some deep ideas just like all great philosophers love to do.
From Vultures to Tweety Bird, we’ll read, talk, and consider birds of all sorts. There’s a famous hawk who flies over Central Park and an International Crane Foundation in a place called Baraboo, Wisconsin that we’ll want to learn about. Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving, anyway? We’ll read about how scientists learned about bird migration and how one artist drew thousands of different kinds of birds. We’ll write poems about birds, make chicken hats and break out our best chicken dance moves.
Help With Any Writing Project:
Have a one time writing project that is important to you? Everyone should have at least one second reader. I will make suggestions and help you revise until you are satisfied the paper is ready to submit.
My assistance includes:
Reading a full or partial draft of your paper.
Help with your organization
, construction, and clarity of ideas.
Help figure out how to construct your argument, provide detailed supportive evidence, and write persuasively.
Help correct grammar errors, spelling, sentence structure, and vocabulary choice.
Give you honest feedback.