This is our beginning literature course, designed for 5th and 6th grade students. The goal of this class is to build upon the core concepts tought in our Intro class. The students will take what they learned in the Intro class and explore the concepts more in-depth, build a larger literary vocabulary, and improve their writing skills.

Course Instruction Includes:


An in-depth look at a classic novel

Novels at this level include:

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Wheel on the School
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Amos Fortune: Free Man


Literary Analysis through novel annotation

In this class, students learn to recognize key elements in the novel through underlining and making marginal notes.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

Beginning students learn literary techniques such as: the plot diagram, types of characters, settings, types of conflict, theme, point of view, symbol, simile, metaphor, and personification.


Literary Analysis through writing

Our Beginner students use specific examples from the novel to provide support to their writing topic.


Focused writing instruction

The focus of at this class level is on writing strong, well-constructed paragraphs. The emphasis is on mastery, or quality instead of quantity. Students will be introduced to:

  • The basics steps to writing: brainstorming, outlining, rough drafts, and the final draft
  • The basic elements of a paragraph
  • Providing specific examples from the novel to support assertions
  • Explaining the examples with insightful commentary
  • Improving word choice through active verbs, concrete nouns, and well-placed adjectives and adverbs
  • Using sentence variety through clausal starters
  • Utilizing transitional words


A creative enrichment project

During the final class session, students will present either a creative writing project or a research paper on a topic related to the novel. The project includes three components: a written composition, an oral presentation, and a visual aid. Students, parents, and family members are welcomed members of the audience for this final presentation.