2:1 – Wednesday – Lit-Based Writing: Heros

2:1 – Wednesday – Lit-Based Writing: Heros


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Instructor: Mary Anne Cheraz (Lessons By Design)

Semester Pricing: $300 per semester

($350 for Innovations, iLead, Compass and Golden Valley) Most Charters Accepted

Wednesday 10:30-11:30

Grades: 6th-8th Grade

Students will analyze literature through discussion and writing. The Jac Kris Series will be utilized including Winning at Writing, Growing with Grammar. Students will learn to structure writing by incorporating the TBEAR paragraph model (Topic-Background-Evidence-Analysis-Return To Topic). Students will advance to five paragraph papers.


A weekly grammar component will be incorporated in class instruction, as well as a review of the reading, and direct writing instruction. Parents may choose to use their own grammar program. A variety of writing genre to be covered with an emphasis on how to think about, organize, and plan writing. Writing genre to include informative, narrative, and argumentative. One oral presentation in the Fall semester. One CAASP Writing test prep assignment per semester.


Readings are meant to stimulate class discussion and writing. Selections chosen are award winners or popular texts. Three literature books per semester will be read depending on class pacing. Text or audio versions are acceptable. Books are subject to change if necessary.


Classroom Texts for Families to Purchase:


  1. Winning with Writing FIRST Semester ONLY with ANSWER KEY (Choose the grade level for your child).


  1. Growing with Grammar Student Manual (Choose the grade level for your child).


  1. Growing with Grammar Student Workbook with ANSWER KEY (Choose the grade level for your child).


Literature Books for 2024/2025 (Aligned with Lambertson’s US History)

(Many of these books have a literature guide approved by Sage Oak for use by our Sage Oak students.) Books are subject to change at teacher discretion.


  1. Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  2. Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbe
  3. Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  4. The Kidnapped Prince by Ann Cameron
  5. Sophia’s War by Avi
  6. Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady



  1. 3-Ring Binder 1 1/2″ (can contain multiple subjects with dividers).
  2. Lined Paper
  3. Pencils and Pens
  4. Colored Pencils
  5. Highlighter
  6. Glue Stick
  7. Ruler
  8. Blunt scissors
  9. There may be some papers to download.

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Grade Level

6th, 7th, 8th


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