Literature and Composition 5/6

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  5th–6th

Live Class:  Tue 3:30–4:30 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $549

Instructor: Alicia Loran

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Course Description

In this one-year class, we will explore several novels while being on the lookout for literary devices, plot structure, and more! Students will practice their skills in reading comprehension, grammar, writing, vocabulary, listening, speaking, and critical thinking. Writing will be integrated with our reading novels and projects. Come join us as we delve into some wonderfully fun books!

We will be utilizing the IEW Fix It series to learn the basics of grammar one step at a time. We will cover parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, stylistic writing, techniques, vocabulary, and more with IEW. The literature portion of our class will find us working through several novels. We will be working on analyzing the stories, identifying story elements and literary devices, and making connections from the book to other books, ourselves, and the world around us. Together, we will work on critical thinking skills and inferences while looking deeper into the themes and ideas of the novels.

Course Structure

This class will consist of 4 novels and grammar instruction. Reading of the novels will be done outside of class time. Class time will be used for analyzing and discussing what was read, collaborative work with other students, and direct instruction on grammar, literary elements, etc.

Who should enroll?

Any students in grades 5–6 are welcome to join us!

Technology Requirements

                • High-speed, broadband Internet
                • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
                • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
                • Google Account is highly recommended.

Evaluation and Feedback

Feedback on each assignment is important for growth and development for both reading and writing. Assignments will be graded and feedback will be provided. If there is something that seems to be a consistent struggle for the student, we will work together to find a time to meet outside of class and work on it. My goal is to help each student grow. Each child is different and has a different starting point so challenging them will look different from student to student, but with consistent communication and an open door, my goal is to make each student feel confident and comfortable all while developing a love and understanding of reading and writing.


Communication is integral in this type of learning environment. I encourage all students/parents to reach out via Canvas any time they have a question or concern. I usually reply within 24 hours. Weekends I usually don’t check email so it may be Monday before I can get back with you. I am here to help you, so please reach out with any questions. We are a team!


Required Texts


The following books can be acquired through the links below.

The following supplies will be needed for this course:

    • 2 inch three ring binder
    • dividers (one set)
    • notebook paper
    • notecards
    • spiral or composition notebook
    • highlighters
    • pens, pencils, erasers


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Instructor Bio

Alicia Loran

Teaching has always been at the heart of who I am. I have been teaching in various forms for 20 years – from public school, homeschooling my own children, homeschool co-ops, online tutoring, and local homeschool outsources in my area. I have two sons who have graduated from homeschool. My oldest has finished college and my youngest is currently starting his sophomore year. I attended Texas A & M University and graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Reading in 1996 and then went to work in the public schools. Contact: aloran[at]


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