G5

​Foundation

Wordly Wise Book 5

Unit-1: The process of making chocolate

Lesson 2: When Money Grows on Trees

 

Unit-2: Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving

Lesson 4: A Difficult Journey

Lesson 8: The First Thanksgiving

 

Unit-3:The slavery

Lesson 6: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

Lesson 10: With Moses to the Promised Land

Unit4: Civil Rights

Lesson 2: The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

Lesson 12: A Child of the Revolution

Lesson 16: The Last Queen of the Islands

Course Introduction

In grade 5, literacy focuses on developing English vocabulary, and grammar with an emphasis on understanding subject and predicate. Students identify and write sentences (in class and as part of their assigned homework) using particular words and parts of speech/sentences. They make connections to other parts of  their grammatical journeys.

 

As much as they learn the fundamentals of grammar in previous grades, grade 5 is meant to be the turning point for student grammar acquisition. It is during grade 5 students finally conceptualize grammar and punctuation, begin to write sentences outside their traditional use. As mentioned below, students begin using their imaginations by creating short stories and we encourage them to see language as a tool to communicate not just logical, tangible ideas, but abstract ones as well.

Homework/Exercises

  • Identify creative writing, informative writing, summary, analytical writing

  • Sentence Completion & paraphrase

  • Practices of grammar points

  • Practices of POS

  • ​Short story writing

  • Analytical writing

Reading

Objectives

  • Learning close reading ability with teacher's guide

  • Understand comprehensive reading structures

  • Develop deep reflection and understanding of passages within the literary canon

  • Learning the fundamental literary devices and points to figurative language

Learning Outcomes

  • Students are more encouraged to read texts beyond the classroom, and read them through an analytical reading lens

  • Improved observation, and listening skills to prepare them for post-secondary learning

  • Improved ability to identify, and articulate key elements within a passage (close    reading skills) so they become better academic writers, and thinkers

  • Improved ability to make contextual, literary, and linguistic connections from assigned readings

​References

  • Contemporary children’s literature (fiction)

  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets, “Sonnet 118”

  • 19th century European children’s literature, and poetry

  • Excerpts from Moby Dick by Herman Mellville, 20th c. American poetry and prose

  • Postmodern media literacy

  • Contemporary short stories

  • “The Tyger” by William Blake, 18thc. poetry

Exercises

  • Close reading activities (passage analysis)

  • Answer questions regarding certain passages, or literary forms in relation to the target learning goal

  • “Fill in the blank” Reading Survival guide activity

  • Short answer close reading activities (homework)

  • Venn-Diagram assignments (making comparisons, i.e Huckleberry Finn vs. Tom Sawyer)

Writing

Objectives

  • Learning how to compose a poem (rhyme, scheme, and meter)

  • Learning about literary devices and how to use them

  • ​Master paraphrase skills

  • Develop the understanding of fiction (elements, purpose, how to write)

  • Learning how to use evidence within analytical writing

Learning Outcomes

  • Encourage students to start thinking about themselves as writers (analytical and creative)

  • Start brainstorming ways to write both analytically and creatively

  • Enhance understanding of literary contexts (connections between texts, devices, and other medium of study/literature)

​References

  • European and American poetry, and prose

  • Peter Pan by J.M Barrie 

  • Coraline -- Neil Gaiman 

  • Children’s Literature -- Brother’s Grim Fairytales and more 

  • Short stories by Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov 

Exercises

  • Short answer response questions (Close reading)

  • Creative assignments (compose a poem, a short story, etc)

  • Short reflection writing pieces

  • Self descriptive assignments

  • ​Final in-class assessment

SSAT Basic

Course Introduction

        The SSAT Basic course is for all G5-G8 students who are ready to participate in the SSAT Middle/Upper Level intensive training, as well as students who plan to apply for the IB Program, North American private schools, or improve their English Report Card scores at school.

 

        Our high-density, fully immersive SSAT basic course comes 40 hours in total, 2 hours each session. It helps students quickly complete the transition from SSAT basic phase to intermediate phase. The course materials are the official SSAT questions and the teaching content were independently developed by Sister Sophie

Course Outline

Unit 1:

Sentence logic and vocabulary accuracy training

Part of speech learning

sentence structure & main clause

Summary + test 1 + feedback

Unit 2:

Practices of using learned vocabularies and sentence sturctures

Integrated practices

Summary + test 2 + feedback

Unit 3:

Learning reading structures and techniques

Vocabulary for reading tests

Summary + test 3 + feedback

Final Test (Sentence completion*2; passages*4)

SSAT Intermediate

Course Introduction

The SSAT Intermediate course is divided into two levels, Middle Level for G5-G7, and Upper Level for G7-8, to prepare students for the SSAT exam in fall and IB Program study. It is also suitable for students who want to improve their English Report Card scores, and who want to develop critical thinking and academic accuracy.

Middle Level Outline

Unit 1: Sentence & Vocabulary

  • Sentence completion and vocabulary analysis

  • Meaning of the sentence and advanced vocabularies

  • 1st simulated test

Unit 2: Basic readings and analogy

  • Must-known passage structures and typical questions

  • Typical analogy questions and exercises

  • 2nd simulated test

Unit 3: Intensified reading and analogy

  • Intensified reading and analogy practices

  • ​3rd & 4th simulated test

Middle Level Outline

Unit 1: Core Vocabulary

  • Distinguish and analysis advanced vocabulary and sentence completion

  • Must-know passage structures

  • 1st simulated test

Unit 2: Analogy

  • Typical analogy questions and exercises

  • 2nd simulated test

Unit 3: Reading and Synonym

  • Intensified close-reading exercises

  • 3rd & 4th simulated test

Course Introduction

        The SSAT Sprint course is divided into two levels, the intermediate level is for G5-G7, and the upper level is for G7-8, which is the next stage of the intermediate course. The main purpose of this course is to allow students to improve their close reading ability, and also improve the speed, accuracy in the SSAT exam. It is suitable for students who want to achieve high scores in a short time.

        The sprint course is 20 hours in 1 month as a term. There are 4 hours for two classes per week. Students will train through plenty of simulated test questions, they will have a clearer view on vocabulary, reading  and writing questions and be ready for the real test. 

SSAT Sprint

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