Writing & Reading
At Brighter Bee, This course will expose children to the fundamentals of strong writing and the writing process. The writing project will capture children’s attention by appealing to their creative side, while the material and assignments will teach them to think logically and communicate their ideas effectively. Students will learn grammar principles and elevate their vocabulary through reading activities and homework assignments.
English Fable and Myths - 2nd Grade (rising 3rd grade)
In this course, rising third grade students will read age-appropriate classic short works of literature, including beautiful poetry, engaging fables, and exquisite Greek mythology. Students will read independently throughout the week, completing vocabulary games, comprehension questions, related art projects, and creative writing assignments for homework. Ms. Sydney will lead classroom discussions that explore various literary devices. Students will also complete writing exercises to communicate their thoughts on what they have read.
Ms. Sydney completed her literature teacher training at the Center for Lit, an organization that has developed an excellent methodology called Teaching the Classics. This methodology helps students to understand and connect to classic works of literature. It emphasizes the Socratic method, and Ms. Sydney employs this strategy of teaching through asking purposeful questions in each of her classes. Students learn not what to think, but rather how to think. Ms. Sydney is also a Registered Instructor at The Institute for Excellence in Writing. She will incorporate various IEW writing principles and techniques into the lessons in this course.
Impart in students an understanding of the elements which compose a story
Train students to identify literary devices in texts
Broaden students' perspectives through reading diverse works
Provide students with opportunities to interact gracefully with important ideas
Invite students to think critically about the ideas presented in various works
Cultivate a love of reading in students
Students will be provided with a book of summer literature.
Students will need lined writing paper and a writing utensil for each class.
Besides writing for and editing magazines from 2009 to 2015, Sydney Hoff has also had teaching experience as an English language tutor, communication coach and teaching assistant.