Hawthorne Elementary School

Gr 4 REACH Language Arts

"A MidSpring" Creative Writing

Students read Shakespeare's confusing and funny "A Midsummer Night's Dream" then summarized the play with creative writing. Please enjoy them here: Gabe, Harry, Owen, Danny, Maya, JR, Alex, George, Molly, Ryker

Write like the Bard

We read some of Shakespeare’s sonnets from the Elizabethan period, then wrote our own. Click here to enjoySome are silly, some serious but all try to follow the rules of sonnet writing.

  • 14 lines long - 3 sets of 4 lines (quatrains) + ends with 2 lines (rhyming couplet)

  • Uses iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line, using the da DUM, da DUM accents)

  • Rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG)

  • 2+ examples of figurative language (ex: onomatopoeia, simile, personification, metaphor, alliteration, etc…)

  • Strong focus on vivid imagery through word choices and descriptive adjectives

Meet the Greeks!

Students who require further language arts enrichment, outside of that already provided in the classroom, may work with Mrs. Sorrentino in a pull-out group daily during acceleration time, 1:10-1:40. Students will work on activities which correspond to the common core skills (at their grade level and above) using texts from mythology and Shakespeare.

In our first trimester, students will immerse themselves in Greek and Roman mythology, becoming familiar with the Olympians, reading some well-known myths such as "The Weaving Contest", and determining the characteristics of myth. After they become familiar with the basics, each student will delve deeper and "become" one of the Olympians. This research will culminate in a project that includes an oral presentation with a visual and written component. Students have always enjoyed this activity and I'm excited to see what they create and share with us!

After mythology, students will be introduced to the great poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. This will include research into his life and times and then exploration of his poetry, including sonnet reading and writing. We will read student versions of some of his classic plays, exploring his rich vocabulary and story conflicts. There are several connections between Shakespeare's plays and mythology that students will notice, too.