This file contains two bundles of lessons – 1) Grammar and 2) Writing. Below are short descriptions
Capitalization Overview and 6 Quizzes
Apostrophes Overview and 5 Quizzes
Commas Overview and 5 Quizzes
Quotes and Underlining and 7 Quizzes
Semicolons and Colons overview and 6 Quizzes
Verbs of Be Overview and 2 Quizzes
Personal Pronouns and 6 Personal Quizzes
Indefinite Pronoun Review and 7 Indefinite Quizzes
Modifiers Overview and 6 Quizzes
Parallelism Overview and 4 Quizzes (combined with Modifiers)
Subject Verb Agreement Overview and 12 Quizzes
This file contains an overview of three genres of writing: Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive
After this overview, there are prompts for each essay
Narrative: 8 prompts
Expository: 5 prompts
Persuasive: 5 prompts
After each essay prompt is a Focus Skill for editing.
If taught in order, the Focus Skill edits go from content edits to specific grammar edits. Only 2 to 3 skills are edited at a time.
Each essay has a rubric with content and grammar items.
Over time, skills are added to rubrics so students will “carry” certain skills forward. For example, after students edit for varied sentence structure, that skill is added to each rubric that follows.
At the end of the curriculum is a set of editing charts that can be used with every essay in place of the focus edits if a teacher wants a more thorough edit. There is also a content edit if students need to edit that skill.
These essays go from easy to more challenging assignments. For instance, the first essays are five paragraph narratives. Students write from experience mostly and are not working with documents.
The middle essays (expository essays) are more challenging because they are based on literary writings. Students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of the readings by explaining something about the writing.
The last essays (persuasive) require students to use charts, documents, or other information to convince the reader of a certain point of view (Core Curriculum skill).
Each essay assignment contains a sample essay and a sample prewrite. Some essays also contain an outline or writing plan. Struggling students usually find these sample essays helpful.