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Engineering Language Arts & Writing


These lessons are included in our Engineering Unit Study.

Discover language and writing through the lens of engineering in this in-depth, engaging guide by Amber of So Simple a Beginning. This study includes four Language Arts modules, four Writing modules, Spelling and Vocabulary, and additional resources for language exploration:

Language Arts Module 1: "The Bridge Builder"

  • Explore the poem "The Bridge Builder"
  • Narrate the poem in pictures and/or words
  • Discover new vocabulary
  • Discuss the poem with guided questions
  • Practice copywork and handwriting

Language Arts Module 2: Parts of Speech

  • Discover the parts of speech and learn the grammar symbol associated with each part
  • Explore your Parts of Speech poster
  • Color the parts of speech
  • Practice parts of speech with 3-part cards, featuring symbols and parts of speech
  • Study your parts of speech definition cards
  • Label parts of speech in sentences with loose part grammar symbols
  • Complete a parts of speech challenge

Language Arts Module 3: Rhyming Words

  • Learn to hear, identify, and produce words that rhyme
  • Read a poem and circle the words that rhyme
  • Match rhyming words on your rhyming gears (includes 3 levels of difficulty)
  • Complete a rhyming gear for the word "engineer"
  • Write a rhyming poem about an engineer

Language Arts Module 4: New Words

  • Learn how new words become part of the English language (and about how words are removed)
  • Watch a video about lexicography and why it's important to make up new words
  • Make new words and practice compounding with your word maker
  • Define a new word of your inventing
  • Practice reduplication
  • Convert words from nouns to verbs, then use the verbs in a sentence
  • Write a silly story with your new words

Guided Writing Project: Choose from a selection of possible topics, then follow along with the writing templates and prompts to create a polished piece of writing.

  • Module 1: Plan- choose a topic, ask questions, find sources
  • Module 2: Research and Outline- answer questions, create your thesis statement, and outline your paper
  • Module 3: Write your first draft
  • Module 4: Revise, proofread, rewrite, and publish

Additional Language Arts Materials:

  • Engineering vocabulary
  • Bridge spelling practice and puzzles
  • Word family spelling cards
  • Engineering story writing
  • Copywork
  • Writing reference materials
  • Revision practice sentences
  • Vintage patent coloring pages

These lessons may be completed over the course of one month with one module per week, or more quickly or slowly depending on personal preference. This is a digital download and the files will be delivered via email upon purchase. Enjoy your exploration of language and writing through engineering!