English Course Offerings
Literary Genres with Honors Option -- Tutor: Katrina Ryder M&W–9th-12th grade. $600 Our text is IEW Windows to the World by Lesha Meyers. This high school level survey course covers a broad scope of American, British, and world literature, including poetry, novels, short stories, and plays in relatively equal portions. This year our long works have included To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, Cry the Beloved Country, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Honors students also read Just Mercy, Lord of the Flies, and Of Mice and Men. We have covered many short stories and poems from around the world. The course does involve writing literary analysis essays, but its primary emphasis is reading comprehension and discussion. Students must utilize the Google Classroom platform and Google apps for online submission and discussion.
Essay Writing & Grammar --Tutor: Katrina Ryder M & W-- 7th-9th. $600 These paired classed are designed to be taken concurrently; however, Mrs. Ryder may approve exemptions for those interested in enrolling only ONCE per week as described below. All students must utilize the Google Classroom platform and Google apps for this class. There IS a required placement pretest to ensure students have proficiency with 4th-6th grade grammar.
Essay Writing 7th-9th grade. We will begin with paragraph writing and move toward writing a series of 5 different 5 paragraph essays. Some of our essays will be paired with various readings and novels. Designed to be paired with the Grammar class, Essay Writing is held at the same time on the opposite day. With that said, students who pass a 7th-8th grade Grammar proficiency post-test may take Essay Writing ONLY for $495. Text TBD.
Grammar. 7th-9th grade. We will focus on learning how to use phrases and clauses in various sentence combining strategies. Our curriculum will include the Get Smart Grammar program from Grammar Revolution.com and methodology from The Writing Revolution. There IS a required placement pretest to ensure students have proficiency with 4th-6th grade grammar. This class is designed to be paired with the Essay Writing class; however, with approval from Mrs. Ryder, it MAY be taken alone for $495.
Writing for Muggles -- Tutor: Katrina Ryder ONCE per week. $495 7th-9th grade. Our text is Grammar for Middle School by Killgallon, and our major writing assignments will be creatively derived from reading the entire Harry Potter series. We will write letters from Hogwarts, Daily Prophet articles, fan fiction creating a sibling for Harry, and other pieces designed to energize writing from those who love the Harry Potter series. Students need to have already read or be concurrently reading ALL 7 books in the series. There IS a required placement pretest to ensure students have proficiency with 4th-6th grade grammar. Students must utilize the Google Classroom platform and Google apps for online submission and discussion.
Honors Grammar and Composition – Tutor: Mr. Jack Gale
Grammar and Composition is a two-semester course that begins with a review of traditional grammar, including parts of speech, noun usage, and basic sentence patterns, and moves on to verb conjugations, phrases, and clauses before the year ends. The grammar portion of the class emphasizes usage problems, such as major grammatical errors, common usage problems like agreement, punctuation, and sentence construction. Concurrent with the grammar portion of the class is a course in writing. The first semester focuses on various types of paragraphs (argumentation, persuasion, comparison, analysis, etc.) of a formal, three-part nature since this type of writing is the emphasis of most standardized tests, the SAT, and colleges. During the second semester students move on to full-length essays and conclude the year with a research paper on a general topic. Students are encouraged to use outside sources during the entire year and must practice the correct use of notes and bibliography. While this is not a reading class, per se, students will read a number of short literary works and one or two short novels to provide material for literary analysis. This course prepares students for college composition.
Text: will be provided
Course Credit: 1 credit of English
Available: All grades but recommended before college writing
Annual Tuition: $600/ 80 contact hours