Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Making Vocabulary Personal

Work with words relevant to students' lives to help them build vocabulary. The more relevant new words are to students' lives, the more likely they are to take hold.

A great assignment that will keep your child interested while helping you learn more about them is the "Personal Alphabet Adjectives."  For each letter of the alphabet, the students find an appropriately descriptive word for themselves. Students elaborate on the word by writing sentences and creating an illustration. In the process, they make extensive use of the dictionary and thesaurus.

For the letter "H", my daughter describes her personality as sometimes "Hasty", illustrating the word with a sloppy drawing of herself wearing a mismatched outfit with messy hair. Her caption explains that she is "hasty" getting ready to go to school.

Try to make reading and writing personal, fun and expressive. Education doesn't have to be a chore, if you are willing to be creative. Think of it as an opportunity to turn a chore into a fun experience that the kids will remember.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to write a Personal Narrative Essay for 4th - 6th grade

Do you need help teaching your child how to write a personal narrative essay? Here is a short video that explains an easy way to organize and write a personal narrative essay. The story and worksheets come from the curriculum used at Arden Reading Academy, Step Up to Writing.

A personal narrative combines a report with a story. It will have an introduction and a conclusion. The body of the paper would be a story about an event or experience in your life or someone else's life

How to organize a personal narrative essay

Personal Narrative Essay Organizer

Getting Started

Step 1: Choose a personal story to tell.

Step 2: Choose a title.

Step 3: Use a graphic organizer to organize your thoughts into a beginning, a middle and in end.

Personal Narrative Essay Graphic Organizer

Step 4: Write the introduction.
You need to let the readers know what you plan to explain in a fun and creative way that grabs the reader's attention.

Step 5: Write the story.
Use your graphic organizer to write a personal narrative about something that has happened to you. Describe what happened in detail and explain how you felt and acted.

Step 6: Write the conclusion.

You need to remind the readers about your topic and message.  This is the last thing your readers will read, so make sure it leaves a lasting impression about the lesson you learned!

Sample Personal Narrative Essay

Personal Narrative Essay Sample

Personal Narrative Essay Writing Classes

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Narrative Essay Writing for Kid's 4th-6th Grades

This course is intended for elementary students who  have mastered the ability to plan and construct a narrative and expository essay with limited instruction.  The class motivates young writers by engaging them through the writing process as they answer specific writing prompts.

Class Times:
Tuesday 2:30 PM 
Wednesday 3:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM

Class Size:
 4-6 Students

Class Fee: $70.00


Homeschool Essay Writing for Kids 3rd-6th Grades

This course is for homeschooled students needing direction in the writing process.  Students will learn how to write a proper response to literature, personal narrative, narrative fiction, and expository essay.  They are taken step-by-step through the steps of the writing process (pre-writing, planning, drafting, editing, rewriting, revising) while working on the inclusion of proper syntax, grammar, organization, sequencing, word choice, dialogue, creative introductions, and strong conclusions.

Class Times:
Tuesday 9:30 AM

Wednesday 9:00 AM
Friday 10:30 AM

Class Size: 4-6 Students
Class Fee: $70.00