Elementary Language Arts Tune Up
Three four-week sessions
June 15–July 10
Boys and girls, rising 3rd graders
Boys and girls, rising 4th graders
Boys and girls, rising 5th graders
*This class will take place online*
What to bring: Computer with webcam and microphone capability, WiFi access, notebook, writing utensils
Help set your child up for success for next school year! In this class, students will receive a review and an opportunity to practice the foundational building blocks of elementary Language Arts in a small online class setting. This class is designed to preview concepts for your student’s next academic school year as well as support and review skills learned in your student’s previous school year.
Students will focus on two major aspects of English/Language Arts: reading comprehension and writing. In the first two weeks, students will tackle important concepts and skills as they relate to reading for understanding. Students will also explore the importance of text-based evidence and how to support answers to questions about their readings. The second two weeks will focus on writing- specifically, one week about creative and fictional writing, and one week about non-fiction and informative writing. Students will gain insight into how they can develop plot and gain focus in their writing. Homework will be to read for pleasure and to complete a nightly journal task. Homework will be assigned on weekdays only.
Also check out our Elementary Math Tune Up class!
Teacher bio: Kristen McKnight is a Lower School teacher and Varsity Coach at Landon School. She has been involved in multiple leadership initiatives and programs since high school, where she was involved in student government and was a captain for her high school swim team. In college, she was accepted into the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State, a program set up for students who display leadership qualities to explore the gray areas that exist in our world and how to become a better decision maker. She was also a member of the Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute as a Big Ten All-Academic Scholar Athlete. In graduate school at Vanderbilt University, Kristen was elected as a first-year representative for Student Government for the Peabody College of Education. McKnight holds a strong interest in helping to develop tomorrows’ leaders into the best role models and decision makers possible.
Fun fact: In addition to teaching, Ms. McKnight is also a stand-up comedian!