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Shengmeng Education Center
Grammar Writing and Literature Grades 4-6
Class Size: 10
Age Requirement: 9 - 11
Teacher: Jim Hamra
Class Time: 11-11:50am
Class Room: TBA
Tuition Fee: 750.00
Textbook Fee: 0.00
Material Fee: 0.00

Class Description

This course will help students begin to master the fundamentals of grammar. Good grammar is the foundation of all academic writing, and this class will teach our students how to use proper grammar in their writing projects. There is no prerequisite: we will asses the students reading and writing skills during our first class, and will then make recommendations regarding which grade level will best serve each student. This fifteen week class will always begin with a quick cursive writing session. This will provide a solid foundation for any blue book exams our students may encounter in high school or college. We will then transition into grammar fundamentals. The areas we will cover will include, but not be limited to: The Parts of a Sentence, Parts of Speech Overview, Phrases and Complements, Clauses, Verbs and pronouns, Modifiers, Capitalization and Punctuation. We will conclude each session with a weekly reading and writing assignment that will focus on the fundamentals of how to read an academic text and to then write specifically for that text. Academic writing, we believe, has three distinct styles: writing for an english professor, writing for STEM classes, and finally any and all Liberal Arts writing. Out ultimate goal is for our students to be able to understand and implement proper grammar in all of their academic writing. We will introduce the students to writing templates that will help to simplify daunting tasks such as essay’s, term papers, and all types of thesis oriented writing. This exercise will stress using proper grammar, idioms, analogies, similes, and metaphors to make a good paper even better. All in-class writing will be edited and returned with comments and corrections.

For 4-6 Grade

Holt Handbook: Student Edition Grade 7First Course  ISBN:  0-03-065281-2      

For 6-8 Grade

Holt Handbook: Student Edition Grade 8,Second Course  ISBN:  0030652820       

Please provide your own composition notebook.

About Instructor 
Jim Hamra
Mr. Hamra began his business career by founding and operating a highly successful swimming pool company for 14 years. He then sold the business to a key employee and pursed his childhood passion of volleyball by building and running a state-of-the-art practice facility for club teams throughout the East Bay.  However, teaching English and Literature had always been his dream job, so in the fall of 2008 he enrolled at Diablo Valley College and graduated Phi Theta Kappa with an A.A. in English. He was then accepted into UC Berkeley where he obtained a Bachelor’s of English degree. He now teaches  ESL at Asia Pacific International University in Mauk Lek, Thailand during the summer and works for Education for Change in Oakland during the school year.  He lives in Danville with his wife Paula and their two pugs.