Teacher: Anne Campbell
** This is a two-semester class, but tuition is divided into semester payments. Tuition for fall classes is due by August 10, 2018. Please note that class size is limited, so register early to reserve your spot. Spring semester payment is due January 4, 2019.**
Elementary Literature & Composition is an introductory level course for homeschool students in grades 3-6 (grade 2 with permission). This course is designed to help prepare students for literary analysis and academic writing.
Prerequisites for this class: Students should be able to read at a beginner level or listen to audio versions of short chapter books, and should be able to write a basic sentence. By the end of the year, your child will be able to write a complete paragraph, leading to essay writing, and a short research report.
(Class size limited–register early!)
*We will meet for 90 minutes every other week for class, and additionally about 3 times each semester for related field trips and activities. Students are expected to complete assignments outside of class time, such as reading the assigned literature, writing, and other projects. Students should come to class prepared with required assignments completed in advance.
Welcome to Elementary Literature & Composition! Our focus this school year will be learning and developing our skills as critical thinkers, readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. The development and mastery of these important literary skills are important to achieving success in language arts, as well as critical components of achieving success in other school subjects, building strong relationships with others, and obtaining a flourishing career as an adult. The quality of life you experience now through adulthood will depend heavily on how well you read, write, and communicate with others.
The goal of this class is to teach students that texts exist within a broad period that includes social, cultural, and historical contexts, along with having literary merit. We will experience multicultural literature to gain a deeper understanding of the world and its cultures, and we will learn to appreciate the richness of world literature.
Vocabulary study will be included in context of reading.
Included in the class:
- literary analysis and discussion
- literary elements and techniques
- writing styles
- creative writing
- short stories
- hands-on projects
- cross-curricular connections
- emailed handouts to print out at home
- ‘living’ literature experiences through field trips and enrichment activities
- graded assignments and course description for your portfolio
- Students will need to bring a writing notebook to each class. I recommend the hardback composition notebooks with sewn bindings, usually available for less than a dollar apiece. Click here to see an example: Mead Composition Books. Returning students may continue to use their notebooks from previous classes.
- Loose-leaf notebook paper for written assignments.
- Index cards
- Students will need a copy of each book listed below. You may use library editions, or purchase your own new or used copy from any source. It is helpful for many students to have their own copy of the book so that they can highlight and note passages within the book itself. (They are nice to keep for future reference as well.) *Mr. K’s Used Books in Greenville should have many of our titles.
Classes meet on Wednesdays, twice per month, from September 5 – December 19 (1st semester) and from January-May (1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/13, 3/6, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 5/1) (2nd semester). Class times are: 10:00 – 11:30. Additional meetings may also be scheduled from time to time for writing workshops, field trips, and other enrichment activities. Field trips are optional but encouraged. These activities add enrichment to the classes. Most field trips will be free, but there may be a fee for tickets to some events. These fees are not included in the class tuition.
2018/2019 Book List
Note: This is a list of the major works and topics we will cover. Additional works may also be assigned. You are free to use audio versions, abridged versions, or even read aloud to your students if they are not able to read the selections independently. I encourage reading aloud as a wonderful way to share the literature together and have a common literary language with your child.
- The Courage of Sarah Noble (Read this book prior to our first class meeting.)
- Twenty and Ten
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
- Little Pear (Odyssey Classics)
- Love That Dog
- Homer Price
- The Hundred Dresses
- Who Was William Shakespeare?
- The Young Reader’s Shakespeare: Macbeth
- Who Was Roald Dahl?
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
Elementary Literature & Composition requires participation in order for students to succeed. The small-group setting works best when students come prepared for class, with assigned reading completed and ready for class discussion. Students are expected to spend time reading every day in order to keep up, as well as completing written assignments and projects. Students should plan to bring their materials (notebooks, novels, completed assignments) to class each week. Field trips, writing workshops, and other class activities are strongly recommended for class enrichment, and students are encouraged to attend as many class events as possible.
Grades consist of class participation, writing journals, homework assignments, and written compositions. Compositions are graded with a rubric, which will be provided in advance of the assignment. Elementary Literature & Composition follows the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale.
“My daughter took this class last year and loved it! She enjoyed it so much and learned so much that she took composition and literature all this school year. Anne is a great teacher and makes it interesting.” -M.B.
“Anne’s classes are the best around. My kids attended even after they transitioned to online public school. They never viewed the classes/assignments as work. Can’t recommend enough.” -S.W.
“Both of our daughters have graduated, being homeschooled from start to finish. One has graduated from college, and the other is a college freshman this year. We couldn’t have done that as successfully without partnering with others who shared their gifts, talents, and strengths in some areas. Anne Campbell was one of those “partners”. Our oldest was an avid reader; our youngest was not. However, upon joining Anne’s book discussion, that changed. With Anne’s passion for Literature and Composition and her creativity in activities, our daughter not only gained an enjoyment for reading, but became a great writer, as well. I am so thankful for the impact Anne had on our daughter’s high school years and for linking arms with us in that aspect of our homeschooling journey.” -T.E.
“If you are considering taking classes with Anne, I highly recommend them. She is a fun, thorough teacher and my children love her!!!” -J.H.
“For any homeschoolers in the area, check this out. Anne is an amazing teacher with a true gift for bringing the material alive for her students. I can not recommend her highly enough. Share with your homeschool friends, too!” -S.W.
“I want to encourage anyone who is looking for an English class to talk with Anne about this class. My younger son participated for 3 years. When I compare it with what my older son did in co-ops, it was hands down superior. His college English professors have told him he is one of the best students they have in their classes. The added bonus was the camaraderie that developed between the regulars in Anne’s classes. She formerly taught high school English and has homeschooled her 3 sons from the beginning of their school days. Her older son graduated as valedictorian of their homeschool association. She is an exceptional resource for the homeschool community. Run, don’t walk, to sign up for this class or anything else she offers!” -C.S.