English


Middle School English (7-8)
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
Printing fee: $20
Grade Level: 7th - 8th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Maximum enrollment: 10 students
Texts: Grammar for Middle School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN 978-0325009568
   
Paragraphs for Middle School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN
978-0325042688
   
    books TBA
Required materials: a 2" binder, dividers, notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils or highlighter
Course description: This class is designed to challenge students and prepare them for high school level courses. We’ll study composition, creative writing, and literature, including short stories, poetry, novels, and non-fiction. Students will work on developing sentence fluency and style, as well as improving word choice, conventions, organization, and content. Our grammar will focus on using phrases and clauses to construct quality sentences; capitalization, punctuation, and other basic concepts will be covered in review worksheets. Students will be expected to participate in an online class forum and will be taught how to find and use evidence to support their ideas. Students should be prepared for weekly homework assignments. Assessment will be based on quizzes, essays, tests, and participation. At this age, students may need parent assistance as they learn to keep track of assignments and spread the week’s work across a number of days. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week outside of our class day. This course can be repeated; readings and assignments will vary.
Grading policy: Students who do well in this class will be consistently prepared, participate in both online and class discussions, submit their best effort, and turn work in on time. Late papers will be accepted with a 5 point penalty per week. Students planning to be out of town should contact me ahead of time for assignments.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Lower Level High School English (9-10) FULL
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50)
Printing fee: $20
Grade Level: 9th - 10th 
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Maximum enrollment: 10 students
Texts: books TBA
    Grammar for High School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN
978-0325010465
    Paragraphs for High School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN 978-0325042534
Required materials: a 2" binder, dividers, notebook paper, pencils or pens, highlighter
Course description: This course will provide foundational skills students need across all subjects. English is not just about literature and writing; it’s about communicating. Students need to be able to interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide variety of texts. In this course, students will read and think about various types of literature, both fiction and non-fiction; many of our readings will be organized thematically, with novels, poetry, and essays sharing a common “big idea.” We will also have a creative writing unit focusing on poetry and short story. We will work on crafting sentences and paragraphs to communicate ideas effectively. Students should be prepared for weekly homework assignments, two exams, short essays, and two longer essays completed in stages. We will practice peer review whenever possible. Students will be expected to participate in an online class forum and will be taught how to find and use evidence to support their ideas. This course can be repeated; readings will vary. Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours per week outside of our class day.
Grading policy:  To do well in this class, students should be consistently prepared, participate in online and class discussions, submit their best effort on time, and apply new skills to their writing. Recognizing that we each have different skills and backgrounds, my primary focus will be improving student writing. Students will work toward rubrics, but they won’t be graded solely against them. 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 three weeks overdue, I will no longer accept them without a parent note. Students planning to be out of town should contact me ahead of time for assignments.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

*** For college bound students planning to take two years of upper level courses, I recommend taking the Rhetoric and Composition class as a junior and the Upper Level English class as a senior.


Rhetoric and Composition (11-12)
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)
Printing fee: $20
Grade Level: 11th - 12th
Minimum/maximum enrollment: 3 - 8 students
Required materials: Rhetoric Alive! Book 1: Principles of Persuasion; ISBN 9781600513008
    The Elements of Style, Strunk and White; ISBN 978-0205309023
    2" binder, dividers, notebook paper, pens or pencils, highlighter

Course description:
 
This course is designed to teach students to write tightly structured, well-defended arguments. Students will study rhetoric and learn to craft a persuasive argument appropriate to an audience. Throughout the course, we’ll use evidence-based analysis to discuss and write about non-fiction, from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to editorial cartoons to recent magazine articles. Students will have weekly writing and homework assignments, including short essays, and two major exams. They will also write two longer essays through multiple drafts and peer review. We will review grammar and literary devices only as needed. This course should only be taken once. It is ideal for juniors who are preparing for college entrance exams and essays; it will also prepare seniors for college-level analytical writing that goes beyond literary analysis. Students should expect to spend 4-6 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 policy: To do well in this class, students should be consistently prepared, participate in online and class discussions, submit their best effort on time, and apply new skills to their writing. Recognizing that we each have different skills and backgrounds, my primary focus will be improving student writing. Students will work toward rubrics, but they won’t be graded solely against them. 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. Students planning to be out of town should contact me ahead of time for assignments.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Upper Level High School English (11-12)
Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)
Printing fee: $20
Grade Level: 11th - 12th
Minimum/maximum enrollment: 4 - 8 students
Books: TBA (no text)
Required materials: a 2" binder, dividers, notebook paper, pens or pencils, highlighter
Course description: This course will teach students to practice close reading of literature. Although we will primarily be reading short stories, novels, and plays, we’ll also study some poetry and non-fiction. Through evidence-based critical analysis, students will study the ways authors use language to create meaning. Students should be prepared for a heavy reading schedule, weekly homework assignments, and two exams. Writing assignments will include short essays such as reflection papers and two longer essays, both analytical and argumentative. The longer essays will be completed in stages; we will use peer review as time permits. Students will also be expected to participate in an online class forum. This course can be repeated; readings will vary. Students should expect to spend 4-6 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 policy: To do well in this class, students should be consistently prepared, participate in online and class discussions, submit their best effort on time, and apply new skills to their writing. Recognizing that we each have different skills and backgrounds, my primary focus will be improving student writing. Students will work toward rubrics, but they won’t be graded solely against them. 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. Students planning to be out of town should contact me ahead of time for assignments.
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
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