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

In Fantasy Island, students read texts from the fantasy genre. Books are read in a large group, smaller groups, pairs, individually, or listened to with audio copies. Story elements are discussed and reinforced during class. Students work together and independently make inferences and connections supported by evidence. Multiple stories will be read so theme and style can be compared and contrasted. If you enjoy fantasy stories, this is a great class for you!

CI YEARBOOK (2 Cycle Course)
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! Students will enhance their skills by role-playing as detectives while working together, problem solving, and participating in small-group activities.

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.

A suggested small-group aesthetic class for students who are below benchmark that individually supports ELA reading and writing skills taught in the general education classroom. Some sources used, but not limited to are: leveled books from multiple sources including Scholastic and Houghlin Mifflin guided reading activities, multiple internet based programs such as Moby Max, brain Pop, short leveled readers, graphic organizers, videos, auditory excerpts, news articles, and mentor texts. Students also write with a focus on grammar, punctuation, and writers’ purpose.

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