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The language lessons will take on a whole new format for this class of fourth graders as we are going to be using the Shurley Method this year for the first time as an entire grade level.  This format for teaching language uses a non-traditional approach through the use of a series of questions and answers to identify parts of speech.  Sentences will be diagrammed together during class as a guided practice and then those same sentences will be assigned for labeling through independent practice.  Jingles will be learned and practiced during class to help students remember various parts of speech rules. 

Please check out the Shurley website for more information on this awesome method of teaching language!  It is also a great resource for parents!

http://www.shurley.com/pub/index.jsp

Parent Resource Booklet

Practice Pages

.  There is also a strong emphasis on writing.  Writing assignments will vary and include creative stories, poetry, four-square writing, reports, and journal entries.

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