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Elementary English and Composition

In this IEW class, your 3rd-5th grader will delight in classic childrens tales while learning to write using structure and style.  Characters and adventures will capture your childs imagination and provide rich writing content. Using this methodology, your child will learn concrete techniques and move from being an inexperienced writer to a confident writer.

     Elementary English & Composition - $10/class  minimum suggested donation     Syllabus     Teacher: K. Moody  Contact Info:   keiramoody@questforeducationandarts.com    520-404-3494  (call/text)

 

Elementary English & Composition - $10/class  minimum suggested donation

Syllabus

Teacher: K. Moody

Contact Info:

keiramoody@questforeducationandarts.com

520-404-3494 (call/text)

September 13, 2017

What a wonderful first day! I so enjoyed meeting and spending time with each of you. 

Today we covered:

  • Introductions using descriptive words
  • Syllabus
  • Fables
  • Notemaking & Outlines

Homework:

  1. Go over syllabus with parents - get it signed
  2. Get supplies as stated on syllabus
  3. Using the outlines only, practice retelling The Grasshopper and the Ants and The Eagle and the Jackdaw to your mom/dad. Remember to use eye contact as you are retelling the fables.
  4. Complete pages 22 and 23 in your workbook. Have your mom/dad check your work.

September 20, 2017

We had another super day! 

Today we covered:

  • Synonyms of banned adjectives and verbs
  • Oral presentations
  • Morals of a story
  • Key word outlining
  • Using -ly adverbs

Homework:

  1. If you have not already, get supplies as stated on syllabus.
  2. Using the outlines only, practice retelling "The Lion and the Mouse" to your mom/dad. Remember to use eye contact as you are retelling the fables. You are basically verbally summarizing the story, so you should understand it and use your own words to elaborate. Practice several times and ask for feedback for improvement. Make sure to not use any of the banned words on page 23 and incorporate at least one -ly adverb in your retelling. 
  3. Complete pages 26 and 27 in your workbook. Have your mom/dad check your work.

September 27, 2017

What a super class and group of students! 

Today we covered:

  • Oral Presentations - eye contact, voice level, speed, etc.
  • The effect music can have on people
  • "The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner"
  • Key Word Outlining
  • Banned words (get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice)
  • Strong verbs, quality adjectives, and -ly adverbs

Homework:

  1. If you have not already, get supplies as stated on syllabus.
  2. Using the outlines only, practice retelling "The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner" to your mom/dad. Remember to use eye contact as you are retelling the fable. You are basically verbally summarizing the story, so you should understand it and use your own words to elaborate. Practice several times and ask for feedback for improvement. Make sure to not use any of the banned words on page 32 and incorporate at least one -ly adverb in your retelling. 
  3. Using your outline only, and following the checklist on p. 33, write a summary of the story "The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner"
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your summary. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 33.
  5. Type a final draft of your summary. Check off everything on the checklist.

October 4, 2017

We had so much fun today! 

Today we covered:

  • Oral Presentations - eye contact, voice level, speed, etc.
  • Vocabulary words
  • What the saying "united we stand, divided we fall" means
  • "The Four Oxen and the Lioness"
  • Reader's Theater - they acted out the fable
  • Key Word Outlining
  • Banned words (go/went, get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice)
  • Strong verbs, quality adjectives, and -ly adverbs

Homework:

  1. Check your grades on Engrade. Are you missing anything?
  2. Using the outline only, practice retelling "The Four Oxen and the Lioness" to your mom/dad. Remember to use eye contact as you are retelling the fable. You are basically verbally summarizing the story, so you should understand it and use your own words to elaborate. Practice several times and ask for feedback for improvement. Make sure to not use any of the banned words on page 38 and incorporate at least one -ly adverb in your retelling along with both vocabulary word: wander and oxen. 
  3. Using your outline only, and following the checklist on p. 39, write a summary of the story "The Four Oxen and the Lioness"
  4. Have your mom or dad edit your summary. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 39.
  5. Type a final draft of your summary. Check off everything on the checklist and staple it to your summary.

October 11, 2017

Another fun day with such a great group of students! 

Today we covered:

  • Oral Presentations - eye contact, voice level, speed, etc.
  • Vocabulary words: toss, slender
  • "The Milkmaid and Her Pail"
  • Reader's Theater - they acted out the fable
  • Key Word Outlining
  • Connecting the title to the moral (last sentence)
  • Banned words (go/went, get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice)
  • Strong verbs, quality adjectives, -ly adverbs, who/which clauses

Homework:

  1. Check your grades on Engrade.
  2. Using the outline only, practice retelling "The Milkmaid and Her Pail" to your mom/dad. Remember to use eye contact as you are retelling the fable. You are basically verbally summarizing the story, so you should understand it and use your own words to elaborate. Picture how it was acted out to help you remember. Practice several times and ask for feedback for improvement. Make sure to: not use any of the banned words (nice, bad, go/went, eat/ate, get/got, see/saw, say/said) and incorporate at least one -ly adverb and one who/which clause in your retelling along with both vocabulary word: wander and oxen. 
  3. Complete page 44. Have your mom/dad check.
  4. Using your outline only, and following the checklist on p. 45, write a summary, in your own words, of the story "The Milkmaid and Her Pail."
  5. Have your mom or dad edit your summary. Make sure they see the checklist on p. 45.
  6. Type a final draft of your summary. Check off everything on the checklist and staple it to your summary.

October 18, 2017

Myths!!! 

Today we covered:

  • Oral Presentations - eye contact, voice level, speed, etc.
  • What is a myth?
  • Vocabulary words: possess, peak
  • "Jason and the Argonauts"
  • Story Mountain and Story Sequence Chart - outlining words from the mind, not the page
  • Retelling from a Story Sequence Chart outline

Homework:

  1. Check your grades on Engrade.
  2. Using the outline only, practice retelling "Jason and the Argonauts" to your mom/dad. Remember to use eye contact as you are retelling the myth.   
  3. Read the myth "The Gift of Fire."
  4. Using the Story Sequence Chart questions, create an outline of the myth on page 57. You may need to sit down with your mom or dad to complete this task. Remember, you are creating the outline by answering the questions, not pulling 3 key words from each sentence.
  5. Using your outline only, retell "The Gift of Fire" to your mom or dad. Make sure you are clearly retelling all the important details. Be prepared to present in class next week. And, do not use any of the banned words: go/went, get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice.
 

October 25, 2017

I love your enthusiasm and encouragement to one another!! 

Today we covered:

  • Oral Presentations - eye contact, voice level, speed, etc.
  • The continuation of the legend about fire - "The Dreadful Punishment"
  • Story Sequence Outline
  • Banned verbs/adjectives, 'ly adverbs, strong verbs, quality adjectives, who/which clauses, and connecting the title with the final clincher

Homework:

  1. Check your grades on Engrade.
  2. Complete pages 60-61.   
  3. Using your outline (p. 59) only, retell "The Dreadful Punishment" to your mom or dad. Make sure you are clearly retelling all the important details. Be prepared to present in class next week. And, do not use any of the banned words: go/went, get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice. Also, include a who/which clause and the two vocabulary words: peak and possess. The title should also connect with 2-3 keywords from the final sentence.
 

November 1, 2017

Great presentations and funny tongue twisters today!

Today we covered:

  • Tongue Twisters and Alliteration
  • Oral Presentations of "The Dreadful Punishment"
  • "Theseus and the Minotaur"
  • Story Sequence Outline

Homework:

  1. Check your grades on Engrade.
  2. Complete page 67 before you start writing your rewrite.   
  3. Using your outline (p. 66) only, write a rough draft of "Theseus and the Minotaur" in 3 sections. Use the checklist on p. 68. 
  4. Print your rough draft - have Mom or Dad edit/help you revise using the checklist on p. 68.
  5. Make changes and print a 3-part final draft copy. Check everything off on the checklist on p. 71.
  6. Staple everything together with the final copy on the very top. Copy the checklist on p. 71 and include that too.
  7. Make sure to not use any of the banned words: go/went, get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice. Include an -ly and a who/which in each of the 3 sections. The title should also connect with 2-3 keywords from the final sentence.
 

November 8, 2017

Great vocabulary review and outlining today!

Today we covered:

  • "Daedalus and Icarus"
  • Story Sequence Outline

Homework:

  1. Check your grades on Engrade. Are you missing anything?
  2. Complete page 74 before you start writing your rewrite.   
  3. Using your outline (p. 73) only, write a rough draft of "Daedalus and Icarus" in 3 sections. Use the checklists for each of the THREE sections on pages 75 and 78. 
  4. Print your rough draft - have Mom or Dad edit/help you revise using the checklists on pages 75 and 78.
  5. Make changes and print a 3-part final draft copy after Mom or Dad have read over it. Label and check everything off on the final draft checklist on p. 78.
  6. Staple everything together with the final copy on the very top. Copy the checklist on p. 78 and include that too.
  7. Make sure to not use any of the banned words: go/went, get/got, see/saw, say/said, bad, and nice. Include an -ly, sv, and a who/which in each of the 3 sections. You should also use at least 2 vocabulary words. The title should also connect with 2-3 keywords from the final sentence.
 

November 15, 2017

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!!

Today we covered:

  • Expanding sentences with dress-ups and alliteration
  • Topic sentence/Clincher sentence rule
  • Unit 4: Summarizing a Reference

Homework:

  1. Complete the outline on page 88.
  2. Practice retelling your summary from your outline only.
  3. Cut out lesson 10 vocabulary words: author and believe
 

November 29, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Learned the dress-up: because clause
  • Reviewed the Topic sentence/Clincher sentence rule
  • Reviewed the Title rule
  • Unit 4: Summarizing a Reference

Homework:

  1. Using your outline on p. 93, write a ONE paragraph rough draft.
  2. Print it and have mom or dad edit it using the checklist on p. 95.
  3. Make the changes and write/print your final draft.
  4. Attach the RD, FD, and checklist together.
  5. Cut out lesson 11 vocabulary words: devoted and take care of
 

December 6, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Reviewed the Topic sentence/Clincher sentence rule
  • Reviewed the Title rule
  • Unit 4: Summarizing a Reference
  • Outlined a passage about who/what influenced Hans Christian Andersen

Homework:

  1. Complete p. 100 if you have not already.
  2. Using your outline on p. 99, write a ONE paragraph rough draft.
  3. Print it and have mom or dad edit it using the checklist on p. 101.
  4. Make the changes and write/print your final draft. Mark all your dress-ups and vocab words as indicated on the checklist.
  5. Attach the RD, FD, and checklist together AT HOME.
  6. Cut out lesson 12 vocabulary words: gentlemen and recite
 

December 13, 2017

Merry CHRISTmas!!

 

Today we:

  • Learned the new unit - Unit 5: Writing from Pictures
  • Learned about the characteristics of fairy tales
  • Read about Tom Thumb
  • Brainstormed an idea for a story based on three pictures

Homework:

  1. Only one thing...watch this little cartoon video about the mischievous Tom Thumb (WARNING: at the end, the dad kills the wolf to rescue Tom - if this mightl bother you, ask your mom to preview it first): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuObOIF49X0
 

January 10, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Key word outlining based on a series of three pictures
  • Brainstorming strong verbs, -ly adverbs, who/which clauses, because clauses, and quality adjectives
  • Past perfect tense

Homework:

  1. Complete a 3 paragraph rough draft of Tom Thumb based on your outline on p. 110 and using the checklists on pages 113 and 116 (one for each paragraph).
  2. Print it and have Mom or Dad edit with you and check to make sure you have everything on your checklists.
  3. Make the changes and print your final 3 paragraph draft. Mark all your dress-ups as indicated on the checklist (no vocab words this week).
  4. Attach the RD, FD, and checklist (the one on p. 116) together AT HOME.
 

January 17, 2017

Today we covered:

  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Key word outlining based on a series of three pictures
  • Writing a paragraph based on the KWO
  • Past perfect tense

Homework:

  1. Complete the brainstorm on pages 118 and 119.
  2. Complete a 3 paragraph rough draft of The Ugly Duckling based on your outline on p. 117 and using the checklists on p. 123. Remember, we completed the first paragraph in class. Have Mom or Dad edit.
  3. Make the changes and print your final 3 paragraph draft. Mark all your dress-ups as indicated on the checklist (don't forget to plug in the vocab words: miserable and despise).
  4. Attach the RD, FD, and checklist (the one on p. 124) together AT HOME.
 

January 24, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Key word outlining based on a series of three pictures
  • Writing a paragraph based on the KWO
  • Strelzyk and Wetzel's escape from communist East Germany

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary words: barbed wire and flee
  2. Look up and read some legends about the Knights of the Round Table.
 

January 31, 2017

Today we covered:

  • Key word outlining a source text
  • Creating a fused outline
  • Creating sentences that begin with prepositional phrases
  • Information about the Knights of the Round Table

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary words: lady and vow
  2. Create a fused outline about Knights of the Round Table (using the outlines completed in class on p. 135 and 139).
  3. Write a RD (have it edited by Mom or Dad) and a FD using the checklist on p. 143.
 

February 7, 2018

Today we covered:

  • Key word outlining three source texts
  • Brainstorming dress-ups and prepositional sentence openers
  • Information about King Arthur

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary words: minstrel and practice
  2. Create a fused outline about King Arthur on page 153 (using the outlines completed in class on p. 147, 149 and 151).
  3. Write a RD (have it edited by Mom or Dad) and a FD using the checklist on p. 157.
 

February 14, 2018

Today we:

  • Read "Odysseus and the Cyclops
  • Created a KWO from our minds (Favorite Fairy Tale)

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary words: cyclops and messenger
  2. Finish your RD  paragraph (have it edited by Mom or Dad) and a FD using the checklist on p. 162.
 

February 28, 2018

Today we:

  • Read two fables and compared their variations
  • Learned about the -ly adverb sentence opener
  • Read "The Miller, His Son, and Their Donkey"
  • Created a KWO based on a variation of the above fable

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary words: scorpion and unequal
  2. Write a RD of your new fable (have it edited by Mom or Dad) and a FD using the checklist on p. 171.
 

March 7, 2018

Today we:

  • Shared our "variation" stories
  • Used one variation and acted it out through reader's theater
  • Read "Perseus and Medusa"
  • Read a variation and a sequel

Homework:

  1. Study ALL vocabulary words
  2. Brainstorm ideas for a sequel to "Perseus and Medusa" (no writing assignment this week - just be prepared to share as we create a keyword outline in class)
 

March 14, 2018

Today we:

  • played a vocabulary review game
  • outlined a sequel to "Perseus and Medusa"

Homework:

  1. Complete the brainstorm on page 178
  2. RD (sequel to "Perseus and Medusa") using checklist on p. 182
  3. FD (sequel to "Perseus and Medusa") using checklist on p. 183
 

March 21, 2018

Today we:

  • shared our "Perseus and Medusa" sequels
  • discussed a 5-part story outline after reading "A Christmas Carol" and "Rumpelstiltskin" 

Homework:

  1. Bring in a fairy tale of your choice that has the main character follow the pattern of seeking advice or overcoming an obstacle - it can be in a book or printed out from an online source
 

March 28, 2018

Today we:

  • read fairy tales and identified the 5 parts of each one 

Homework:

  1. Outline your fairy tale on p. 188 following the 5 part outline 
  2. Practice retelling it from your outline
 

April 4, 2018

Within 24 hours of finding out that my mom was in the ICU critically ill, I was on a plane to Sweden to be there with her and my family. I left basic plans and will be back for the last class. Please make sure you are getting the homework assignments from the substitute teacher or, if you miss class, a friend in class. 

Homework:

  1. Rough draft of your 5-part outlined fairy tale, using checklist on p. 197
  2. Final draft of your 5-part fairy tale
 

April 11, 2018

 

April 18, 2018

If you do not have the homework, please reach out to a class peer or Mrs. Goodspeed at gfgoodspeed@q.com

I will see you all on the last day of class.

Blessings,

Mrs.Moody

 

April 25, 2018

I am leaving Sweden today, Thursday, and will be back for our last class. I look forward to seeing you all - no formal final on the last day, just your homework assignment that Mrs. Kouba may have assigned you. 

May 2, 2018