CREATIVE EXPRESSION for FOURTH
is for homeschoolers studying the second year American History. It is an ideal supplement to the most popular homeschool curricula. It follows Sonlight Curriculum's Core E/Language Arts E
Instructor's Guide 36-week schedule and is based on the assignments for Days 2-4 of each week.
Each CREATIVE EXPRESSION activity is designed to help your students independently
think through and complete their writing assignments. Please see the PREVIEW.
Each week a literary technique, writing style, or a part of speech, is presented and then applied in the subsequent writing assignments.
*** Five Parts of the Friendly Letter
*** The Outline
*** Narrative Poem
*** Rules and Commands
*** The Hook (Newspaper)
*** The Paragraph
*** Biography: The Interview
*** Compare and Contrast
*** Mind Mapping
*** Advertising Techniques
*** Supporting Details
*** Combining Sentences
*** Cause & Effect
*** The Short Story
*** Retelling a Story
*** Fact or Opinion
*** Book Review
*** Organizing a Speech
*** Persuasive Techniques
*** Elements of a Story
this year: The Writer's Edge
sheets are designed to help your students understand key literary styles and techniques. For example, when we get to "Mind Mapping," your students will not only be told what a mind map is, but be shown the seven steps involved in creating a mind map. They will also be instructed on how to use their mind map to complete their assignment independently. These sheets are designed to be printed on cardstock, folded in half (laminated, if desired), and stored in a 6x9 mini three-ring notebook, like this one.
You will find your students will refer back to The Writer's Edge
in the years to come.
Every writing assignment has a graphically-organized student planning sheet to help your students determine what they want to say in their essays, papers and stories, and how they want to say it. The types of writing your students will complete this year include:
*** Imaginative Tale using Five Senses
*** Friendly Letter
*** Three-level Outline
*** Narrative (Personal Story)
*** Narrative Poem about a Character
*** Character Sketch
*** Preamble and Bill of Rights
*** Journal Entries
*** News Article (Civil War event)
*** Business Letter
*** Poetry (Definition Poem, Limerick, Concrete Poem and Cause & Effect Rhyme)
*** Tall Tale
*** Compare & Contrast Essay
*** Inventor's Log and Invention Development
*** Book Summary & Review
*** Travel Brochure
*** Traditions Essay
*** Science Fiction Dialog
*** Cause & Effect Paragraph
*** Developing Symbols
*** Short Story
*** Writing Prompt Essays
*** Imaginative Story
*** Hero Essay
*** Book Review with Details
*** Persuasive Letter
*** Puppet Show (with Presentation)
Prompted writing paper is included for every assignment. The second page of the writing paper has a “Writer’s Checklist” that will help your students become more proficient at editing their work. There is also a “Time to Revise” checklist—for you to fill out and present to your students after the first draft of their longer assignments—and two oral presentation reviews for use on Weeks 29 and 33.
This year of CREATIVE EXPRESSION
includes a US State Research Paper. You will find the homeschool edition of US STATE RESEARCH PAPER: Get Organized and Get it Done!
in a separate file in this download. It will help you and your students complete (and enjoy!) this assignment.
You will also find a copy of our US STATE BROCHURE
in the download to help your students create their brochure during Week 23.
While we study the second-half of American History (from Civil War to the end of the Second World War), we do a lot of reading. Our writing assignments will deal with this historical period and pertinent historical figures. Some of the assignments are directly related to literature we read together and alone. You will find a complete reading list in this download. The books or events specifically referred to in the writing assignments include:
By the Great Horn Spoon!
Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems
All of a Kind Family
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Gone Away Lake
If one of your goals, as educator, is to have your students writing each day of the week, you will enjoy how DICTATION DONE RIGHT for FOURTH
provides additional opportunities for developing your students’ writing skills.
Another resource you will find helpful is SING AMERICA.
It was was created as a companion to Wee Sing America
(sold separately) and is organized according to its 52 song tracks. With SING AMERICA your students will celebrate the songs and words of America's patriots and pioneers while learning fascinating facts about our great country and mapping locations of historical importance!
**There is no affiliation between PreparilliPress and Sonlight Curriculum.**