Russian Language and Culture - 5-6th grade
Our Russian language program for older students (grades 5-6) continues to build on knowledge gained in previous years and consists of two 1-hour classes.
The first hour will focus on two core topics: grammar and poetics. Students will study fundamental elements of Russian grammar, complete oral and written exercises individually and in groups. The second portion of this class will be dedicated to poetics. Students will memorize poems by classic and modern Russian poets, learn to identify common poetic elements, build their vocabulary and practice eloquent recitation techniques.
The second hour of the program will be dedicated to a combination of Russian literature and the study of many different elements of Russian culture – history, geography, music, art, etc, with discussion of historical context and major personalities. The year will be broken up into units dedicated to each of these topics.
Both classes are part of one program and must be taken together. Both hours will include written and oral elements, as well as fun games and interesting projects.
We assess all students' language abilities periodically to ensure appropriate group placement.
To participate in this program, students must be in grade 5 or 6 and must understand and speak Russian comfortably to express their thoughts and participate in class discussions on the many subjects that we will cover. They must also be able to read and understand a variety of texts, from classic and modern short stories to children’s magazine articles to encyclopedia entries. Group placement is contingent on GKRS staff language assessment.