English


8th Grade English:
Instructor: Deanna Wilks
Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
Supply fee:$15 one-time charge for year-long class handouts.
Grade level: Recommended for 8th grade
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
PrerequisiteGrammar course- nouns, verbs, verb tense, adjectives and adverbs
Word or Mac IOS for essay writing. Understand the basics of a paragraph.
Required Supplies:
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare ISBN: 0395338905
Holes by Louis Sachar ISBN: 044022859X
Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham ISBN: 0618250743
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ISBN: 978-0-345-33968-3
4- 1 inch 3 ring binders for each study guide and essays
FIX IT Grammar by IEW ISBN: 978-1-62341-175-6
I will provide all the study guides to each book. The books do not have to be purchased, they may be checked out from the library. 
Course Description: 8th Grade English-Preparing for High School This course is for students who will be entering high school the following year. My goal is to prepare them for the challenges of high school and the quality of work that it will require. The course will cover essay writing, critical thinking, literature and literary analysis. We will read 4 literary works and follow a study guide for understanding. There will be 2 projects, quizzes, essays and tests for the purpose of assessments throughout the year. This is an advanced class for students preparing for high school. Grammar rules and the basics of english are required before taking this class. The work load will increase over time and the students will grow in their abilities to write impactful essays.
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.

Middle School Creative Writing
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40); 
Copy fee: $35
Grade Level: 6th - 8th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Text: TBA, less than $25
Required materials: a 2" or 2.5" binder, dividers, notebook paper, colored pencils or highlighter
Course descriptionCreative writing should be fun! In this course students will study and practice various genres of writing: poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and plays. We will read short stories, essays, plays, and excerpts from longer works. Students will work on developing voice and protecting it through the editing process, as well as improving word choice, conventions, organization, ideas, and sentence fluency.
We will have weekly writing assignments, as well as periodic reading assignments. Students will be required to keep a journal that will include both free writes and prompt responses. I prefer using an online journal in the NEO system used by Star Academy; however, for this portion of the course, I am willing to work with students who prefer writing by hand. As time allows, I will be doing many of the exercises with them. We will also learn self-editing and peer review.
Students will be strongly encouraged to submit polished work to contests and publications.
Grading policy: Grades are based on preparation and effort. The student who does well in this class will be consistently prepared, turn work in on time, and try to apply new skills to her/his writing. Late papers will be accepted with a 5 point penalty per week. If a student is planning to be out of town, s/he should contact me ahead of time for assignments. If students complete assignments on time, come to class prepared, and submit their best effort, they will do well in this class.
Please feel free to call, text, or email me. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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 2017-18, 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 NEO and it is the student’s (and parent’s) responsibility to check NEO 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.

British 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 experience a variety of British Literature, beginning with the Middle Ages and progressing to the contemporary. We will read comedies, tragedies, poems and plays from a variety of authors. We will discuss the traditional elements of style and analyze characters. While this course will not be heavy on writing, students will have discussion questions to demonstrate understanding of their readings and one paper each semester will be required. British Literature is filled with interesting characters and situations, we will discuss the triumphs and failures of those characters and sometimes evaluate the consequences of the decisions they make. Literature is based on life and how much easier to learn from the mistakes of others than to make them ourselves. While we will analyze literature, it is more important to me that students learn to enjoy it! No one student will love every book, but there will be something for every student. This course is for a full English credit, so students should expect to spend a few hours a week in 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 NEO and it is the student’s (and parent’s) responsibility to check NEO 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.

Humanities Seminars for Early High School
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $360 (8 payments of $45); 
Copy fee $20
Grade Level: high school; primarily 9th and 10th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Text: Students will need copies of our texts. Used books are fine. I will send ISBNs to enrolled families.
Required materials: a 2" or 2.5" binder, dividers, notebook paper, colored pencils or highlighter
Course description: Students at this age are skilled at making unexpected, cross-disciplinary connections. This course will explore 4-5 universal themes in depth through studies of literature paired with history, art, and occasionally popular culture and music. Students will read and form conclusions about novels, short stories, and essays that share a connected theme. I strive to make each seminar topic relevant to the lives our students are leading while also pushing them to think outside their comfort zones.
Course work will include weekly homework and writing assignments, both creative and academic. Our initial assignments will be short and will focus on effective organization and language; we will build toward well-structured 500-word essays. Students will have a fall essay, mid-term, spring essay, and final.
Sample topics: Dystopia (fall opener), individuality vs. collectivism; Animal Farm and Fahrenheit 451; short stories and essays; relevant history topics, Power, manipulation of language; Plutarch's Parallel Lives; The Tragedy of Julius Caesar; essays, Other seminar topics are not yet set; I am reviewing materials.
Grading policy: Grades are based on preparation and effort. The student who does well in this class will be consistently prepared, turn work in on time, and try to apply new skills to her/his writing. Students at this age should be learning to manage deadlines. Late papers will be accepted with 10 point penalty per week. If a student is planning to be out of town, s/he should contact me ahead of time for assignments. If students complete assignments on time, come to class prepared, and submit their best effort, they will do well in this class.
Please feel free to call, text, or email me. I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have.


Rhetoric and Composition
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); 
Copy fee $15
Grade Level: 11th and 12th; 10th with instructor approval
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Required materials:
 Rhetoric Alive! Book 1: Principles of Persuasion; ISBN 9781600513008; $27(If we order as a group, we might qualify for a discount.)
The Elements of Style, Strunk and White; ISBN 978-1945644016; <$10
2" to 2.5” binder with dividers, pencils/pens, and a colored pencil or highlighter
Course description:Writing can be scary, especially when rubrics are involved. Unfortunately, rubrics are a way of life for high school students. In this course we’ll work on creating tightly structured, well-defended arguments. Recognizing that we each have different skills and backgrounds, our primary focus will be improving our writing. Students will work toward rubrics, but they won’t be graded solely against them.
In the first part of our course, we’ll study rhetoric and learn to craft a persuasive argument appropriate to our audience. In the second part, we’ll apply what we’ve learned to literary analysis. Finally, we’ll apply not only our own analysis, but cite and include the published arguments of critics in support of our thesis. (Samples of literary criticism will be provided to students. Although what we learn will be in support of academic research writing, the focus of this course is writing, not research.)
In addition to weekly writing assignments, students will have shorter homework assignments each week. We will use student presentations, journals, and peer review to improve our writing. We will also be reviewing grammar and literary and poetic devices as needed. Throughout the course, we’ll read, discuss, and write about essays, short stories, and excerpts from longer works, from the funeral speeches of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar to MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to selections from Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird.
Students will have two major essays as well as a mid-term and final.
Students should expect to spend approximately 4 hours per week outside of our class day. My goal is to improve each student's readiness and ability to tackle college-level assignments.
Grading policyGrades are based primarily on preparation and effort. In addition to the assignments listed above, we will also have timed writings, a mid-term, and final. The student who does well in this class will be consistently prepared, turn work in on time, and try to apply new skills to her/his writing. Students at this age should be learning to manage deadlines. Late papers will be accepted with a letter-grade (10 point) penalty per week. Once assignments are two weeks overdue, I will no longer accept them without a parent note. If a student is planning to be out of town, s/he should contact me ahead of time for assignments.
Please feel free to call, text, or email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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