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 taught in our Introduction to Writing class. Students will take what they have learned in previous classes and explore the concepts in greater depth to improve their ability to analyze literature and develop more polished 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 annotations in their novels, learning to reflect and respond as they read.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

Beginning students learn literary techniques such as plot diagram, character development, setting, conflict analysis, theme development, etc.


Literary Analysis through writing

Our beginner students begin using specific examples from the novel to develop quality paragraphs each week.  Stylistic elements and grammar rules will continue to be practiced as they work towards mastery.


Focused writing instruction

The focus of this class level is on writing well-constructed paragraphs filled with engaging sentences. The emphasis is on quality instead of quantity. Students will continue:

  • Practicing the basics steps to writing: brainstorming, outlining, rough drafts, and the final draft
  • Creating quality paragraphs
  • Providing specific examples from the novel to support assertions
  • Explaining examples with insightful commentary
  • Improving word choice through active verbs, concrete nouns, and well-placed adjectives and adverbs
  • Using sentence variety and transitional words and phrases to add style to their writing


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.


**For specific class dates, times, and locations, see our Locations menu item at the top of the page.