English Language Arts

Young journalists will examine, study, and learn basic components of a newspaper. A culminating project will be the publication of the school newspaper-The Hillside Gazette

James and the Giant Peach, and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, are all-time favorites of young and old. Join us on Fantasy Island to read fantasy books and create original fantasy tales.

During this course, students work to create a 5th grade yearbook for their class. Students have the opportunity to photograph classmates, create and edit yearbook material, and assist with layout.

Zeus, Athena, Hera, Poseidon and Hercules are all part of our fascination with myths that attempt to explain why things happen in the world. Participants in Mythology will watch films, videos, and audiotapes to learn more about the ancient Greeks.

Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes—move over!! Here come the new super sleuths! By reading the old classics, students will enhance their skills so they can role-play as detectives to one another’s original mysteries.

CREATIVE WRITING (Also offered in CI)
Do you enjoy creating stories about your life, animals, sports, a day at the park, hobbies or other ideas you can imagine? Then this course is for you! You will have a chance to use the fundamental writing skills in a variety of ways.

The students will read various fairy tales and place characters "on trial". They will decide what charges to bring against a character, prepare a case, and the jury will decide if the character is guilty or not. This class will have students problem solve and strengthen narrative and persuasive writing skills. It integrates higher order thinking, writing, and reading skills and turns them into fun and engaging activities! The students will examine how the judicial system works, prepare and conduct a mock trial.

The art of letter writing will be explored through literature, as well as, writing activities. Students will have the opportunity to write with a purpose as they learn to organize a letter and communicate through writing. The course will seek to establish a love of writing and motivate students to write for a variety of purposes, including to persuade, to inform, and to entertain. Students will be given the opportunity to send letters to one another in the school as a way to build a school-wide communication system.

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