(Grades 5-6)
Tutor: Laura Johnson
Email: lauragj7@gmail.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, eCHAT period 5 (12:45-1:45) or period 6 (1:45-2:45) (Choose one)

Description: From taking this class, I hope students learn to love writing. Here are some things we work on in class:

Words: We play with words, learn new words, and even make up words.

Grammar: We learn parts of speech through games and activities . . . and practice.

Literature: We read books together. Comprehension, vocabulary, and higher level thinking skills are part of the learning and challenge.

Mechanics: We work on commas and other little funny marks.

Presentation: Students are encouraged (but not required to) share pieces they have written. It is my goal to create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable presenting their work. Who knows . . . perhaps some students may be comfortable enough to try a little impromptu speech.

Editing skills: Students work on weekly editing challenges.

Writing: We start with a simple sentence. We end with structured paragraphs. We try persuasive, narratives, descriptions, poems, letters, and anything that comes up that looks fun to try.

Most of the writing we do for class is creative. But don’t worry if your student doesn’t feel very creative. Students always leave class with ideas to get them on their way. Students will have weekly writing and grammar/ mechanics homework. There is also bonus homework, but you have to be part of the class to get the scoop on that.

Students are required to complete weekly homework for this class.

Tutor: Laura Johnson earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. She taught first grade in the public schools before starting a family of her own.  She and her husband homeschooled their five children for sixteen years. These past few years, Laura has worked as a cognitive brain trainer, helping struggling students.  Laura loves teaching and helping students get excited about learning.  She has been involved with CHAT since she helped co-found it in 2004.

Level: Grades 5-6

Prerequisite: none
Text: (to be purchased by parents) Banish Boring Words (Scholastic) by Leilen Shelton
Homework: one to two hours per week
Supply fee: $25 (for grammar book, photo copies, and bonus celebrations)
Supplies:  3-ring notebook with 2 pocket dividers and a pencil
Banish Boring Words