English Fable and Myths – 2nd/3rd Grade (rising 3rd and 4th grade)


Course Description 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.
Teacher Sydney Hoff from Brighter Bee Academy

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.

Grade This course is appropriate for rising third grade students.
Textbook / Material
  • Students will be provided with a book of summer literature.
  • Students will need lined writing paper and a writing utensil for each class.
Class Time

Tuesdays 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 8 sessions in July and August

Course Objectives
  • 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