English Classes


MS Grammar and Writing:
Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
Supply fee:$15 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended for 6th -8th grade
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: None.
Required books: I will using Institute of Excellence in Writing. Here is the link to the website for IEW and the page that you can order either the download version or the spiral bound version of the Thematic Unit Rockets, Radar and Robotics.
http://iew.com/shop/products/rockets-radar- robotics
This material will give the students a unique look into this exciting field as well as complete Writing for middle school. We will also be covering key Grammar rules for writing. Here is the link to the website for IEW and the page where you can order your student’s copy. http://iew.com/shop/products/fix-it- grammar-robin- hood-student- book-2
Teacher Versions are available on the website if the parent would like to purchase.
Course Description: Writing for Middle School Students. Writing can be a scary thing for middle school students. Even as an adult writing a paper can be quite an intimidating feet but my goal is that each student come away with the confidence to write paragraphs, papers and stories. IEW gives students the structure to write in a clear, precise manner. With step by step instruction your student will begin with sentence structure and develop into well written stories and papers. All assignments will be posted on Engrade. Please check this website regularly as assignments may change.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are expected to communicate with the teacher to receive makeup work and turn in assignments that were due the day missed upon attending the next class day.
Course Grading Policy: Since students all have different strengths and weaknesses I have chosen to spread my grading scale evenly through out the course work.
daily assignments: 50%
writing assignments: 50%

MS Literature:
Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
Supply fee:$15 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended for 6th -8th grade
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: None.
Required books: I will not be using a text book this year but would rather use Literature books with Study Guides. Required literature will be obtained by parents as well as Study guides. Students should have 1-1.5 inch notebook with 5 dividers for work assignments, daily handouts, class notes, quizzes and tests. Students should have paper and pens/pencils at all times. Our books will be: Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson, A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver. You may purchase these or borrow from the library.
Here are the study guides each student will need to have:
The Giver Study Guide
http://stores.progenypress.com/giver-the- study-guide/
Swiss Family Robinson
http://stores.progenypress.com/swiss-family- robinson-the- study-guide/
A Wrinkle in Time
http://stores.progenypress.com/wrinkle-in- time-a- study-guide/
Treasure Island
http://stores.progenypress.com/treasure-island- study-guide/
Course Description: We will be covering 4 short novels for Middle School aged students. With each novel we will discuss back ground of the authors, vocabulary, general content, literary analysis to give students understanding of writing technique, critical analysis designed to challenge the students to analyze intellectual, moral and spiritual issues. Quizzes will be given at least once a month on book reading assignments. Short paragraph writing assignments will be given for each book. There will be one project for each book that the student will present to the class. Assignments will be given with the expectation of those assignments being returned the following week. All assignments will be posted on Engrade. Please check this website regularly as assignments may change.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are expected to communicate with the teacher to receive makeup work and turn in assignments that were due the day missed upon attending the next class day.
Course Grading Policy: Since students all have different strengths and weaknesses I have chosen to spread my grading scale evenly through out the course work.
homework assignments: 25% 
Tests: 25% 
quizzes and writing assignments 25% 
presentations:25%


High School English:
Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Course Fee: $360.00 (8 payments of $45.00). $5.00 sibling discount.
One time copy fee $15.00
Grade Level: Recommended for 9th- 12th.
Minimum enrollment: 6 students
Required Materials: I will not be requiring a text, but will send numerous handouts to cover our material. Students will receive resources at the beginning of the Fall semester, which will be used throughout the year. Required literature will be obtained by parents. Students should have a 1 1/2-2” notebook in which all handouts, written assignments, daily work and class notes are kept. They should have pen and paper, always. I have a tentative list of books for 2016-17, but reserve the right to change it. There are SO many wonderful books from which to choose, the most difficult part is choosing. I will publish a book list early in the summer so that families may purchase the chosen titles at their convenience.
Class Description: This will be a comprehensive high school English course. We will cover grammar, including punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure. Daily work may include grammar review sheets, sentence diagrams or editing, literature comprehension questions, etc. The course will cover the elements of literature, and students will read and examine two books per semester plus short stories, and poetry. Beginning the year writing well-structured paragraphs in class and at home, they will quickly progress. Students will write 2 papers in the Fall semester and 2 in the Spring. They will write about our literature and will write short answers, paragraphs and essays. I will be utilizing the Institute for Excellence in Writing grading rubric for papers, the elements of which will be reviewed with the students. I will NOT be showing IEW videos or teaching one of their courses, but I emphasize understanding and use of their elements of style and structure. This will allow them to know and understand the criteria on which their grades are based. Students will be expected to take notes in class and to participate in class discussion, especially regarding our literature. This class will earn a full English credit, so students should expect to spend at least 4 hours a week earning it.
Grades will be based on class participation, daily work (when assigned), writing assignments, quizzes and test grades. Students are expected to complete all reading and writing assignments and submit them in class. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the year, but of course, is subject to change. All assignments and due dates will be kept accurate on Engrade and it is the student’s (and parent’s) responsibility to check Engrade regularly for assignments, grades, due dates, and extra credit opportunities. Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero.
Late work and missed classes: While I am very flexible, the idea is to provide accountability for your students and to develop good work habits. Assignments are expected IN CLASS on the due date, forgotten assignments can be emailed that same date (this should not be a regular occurrence.) In the event of absence, students should make every attempt to get notes from another student in their class. Daily grades will be excused with infrequent absences. Assignments more than a week late will receive reduced grades. Please talk to me ahead of time if schedule conflicts make a due date difficult.

American Literature
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Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Course Fee: $360.00 (8 payments of $45.00). $5.00 sibling discount.
One time copy fee $15.00
Grade Level: 10th-12th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students (maximum 12)
Course Description: Students will explore a variety of American Literature. We will read biographies, comedies, tragedies, poems and plays. There will be lovable characters and some we love to hate, along with some action, some romance, some history, and even a little ridiculousness. Along the way students will learn the traditional elements of plot, style, theme and conflict and will learn to analyze characters. While this course will not be heavy on writing or traditional grammar instruction, students will have writing assignments in the form of short answer, paragraphs, essays, character analysis, and author profiles. Students will be given a grading rubric at the beginning of the year which will be used to evaluate written work. Concepts on the rubric will be covered in class to the extent that students will have an understanding and develop the ability to include the required elements of structure and style within their writing. Students will also be exposed to editing as a tool for improving their own writing. We will use the Fix It Grammar for this purpose and a copy of the student pages will be provided for the student.
American Literature if filled with wonderful characters, stories and adventures. We will read many books this year, along with poetry, short stories and a play. We will analyze literature (I promise!), but more importantly, we will learn to enjoy it. While not every student will enjoy every selection, there will be something for everyone. Students enrolled in this course will earn a full English credit, so they should expect to spend at least 4 hours a week outside of class time reading or examining a good book.
Required Text: On the first day of class students will receive resource pages for our editing and writing instruction. While I have looked at anthologies, I prefer to publish a book list. I have been working already on narrowing the list from the hundreds of wonderful works we could read. I will publish our list early in the summer so that families may obtain titles at their leisure.
Grades will be based on class participation, daily work (when assigned), writing assignments, quizzes and test grades. Students are expected to complete all reading and writing assignments and submit them in class. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the year, but of course, is subject to change. All assignments and due dates will be kept accurate on Engrade and it is the student’s (and parent’s) responsibility to check Engrade regularly for assignments, grades, due dates, and extra credit opportunities. Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero.
Late work and missed classes: While I am very flexible, the idea is to provide accountability for your students and to develop good work habits. Assignments are expected IN CLASS on the due date, forgotten assignments can be emailed that same date (this should not be a regular occurrence.) In the event of absence, students should make every attempt to get notes from another student in their class. Daily grades will be excused with infrequent absences. Assignments more than a week late will receive reduced grades. Please talk to me ahead of time if schedule conflicts make a due date difficult.

Short Story Analysis: Updated 6/29
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $280 (8 payments of $35)
supply fee $30
Grade Level: 7th-10th grade; 11th and 12th welcome
Minimum enrollment: 6 students; maximum 12
Required materials: I will provide all materials and texts. Parents need to provide a 2.5” binder, pencils/pens, and a colored pencil or highlighter.
Course description: I love short stories. They are fun to read and frequently have a more lasting impact on me than novels. They are a particularly useful learning tool for kids in middle and high school. First, if they don't like the story or its ending, they haven't sacrificed a big chunk of time. Second, short stories offer opportunities to explore literary devices, story elements, and authorial choices deeply, rather than addressing the many concepts that might be present in a longer work. Finally, whether sparse or elaborate, quirky or poignant, short stories allow students to experience a variety of voices and styles.
This class is primarily discussion-based. Our discussion will use a shared inquiry format: students will read and study the material prior to meeting and then explore the stories together through interpretive questions and respectful discussion. We will usually cover one story each week; we might also read a few novellas.  When choosing materials, I strive to include a diverse representation of authors.
Students will be interacting with the texts beyond a superficial, factual level. They will annotate the stories at home and in class, in order to support their conclusions and assertions with textual evidence. In addition to our discussions, they will learn and use literary terms, study vocabulary as needed for comprehension, and discuss historical and/or social contexts. Although this is not a creative writing class, students will use what they've learned by writing and sharing a story of their own in December and again in May.
We will be learning how to read deeply, speak thoughtfully, and listen actively. We will form connections between works. We will ask lots of questions.
Updated 6/29: We will read from a variety of literary movements, including Realism, Modernism, Romanticism, and Naturalism. Stories will be in various styles and genres, from classic detective stories to flash fiction and verse fiction.
Grading policy: Grades are based on participation and preparation. Students must prepare for class.
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