This is our most elementary literature course, designed for 3rd and 4th grade students. The goal of this class is to expose students to the basic, core concepts of literature. All students will learn how to look for key literary concepts, discuss what they have read, and apply what they have learned in their individual writing assignments.

Course Instruction Includes:


An in-depth look at a classic novel

Novels at this level include:

  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Ben and Me
  • Sign of the Beaver


Literary Analysis through novel annotation

Students learn at an early age to look for key elements in the novel and to mark in their books.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

At this level, students learn basic literary techniques such as plot, character, setting, conflict, and theme.


Literary Analysis through writing

At this level, students will pull what they read from the novel and apply it to a weekly writing topic.


Focused writing instruction

The Introduction to Writing class focuses on the basic format of a paragraph. 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
  • Strong sentences writing skills
  • Formulating a topic sentence
  • Providing supporting details
  • Constructing a concluding sentence


A creative enrichment project

During the final class session, students will have the opportunity to 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.