2022 MS105-1 Spring Thursday Evening Class

Thursday 7:00PM-8:30PM 02/03- 5/5 No class on 02/24 and 04/21

 5th Grade: MS105
In this course, students will focus on cultivating creative and academic writing skills. During the first half of the semester, students will develop creative writing skills; specifically, students will learn and cultivate their ability to create realistic plots, conflicts, and characters even within non-realistic fiction, like fantasy, dystopia, or sci-fi. Then, in the second half of the semester, students will focus on academic writing including literary analysis and biography.  Finally, this course will also include 5 books of different genres, including fantasy, sci-fi, historical nonfiction, biography, and young adult fiction. This varied reading list will not only challenge and engage students, but also present an opportunity to discuss a variety of character types, conflicts, etc. All course readings are united by a similar theme (relationships with an emphasis on race relations) to provide structure for students throughout the semester and to facilitate discussion surrounding text-to-text comparisons.

Book List:
  1. The Little Prince, by Antoine Saint-Exupery 
  2. Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Gillem Robinet
  3. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  4. Book of the Dead (TombQuest, Book 1) by Michael Northrop
  5. The Giver Series (The giver --Book 1), by Lois Lowry 
Spring Optional Reading: 
  1. The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell
  2. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
  3. Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson
  4. Peak by Roland Smith

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