English


Middle School English (7-8)
Instructor: Ida Ayla
Course fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
Printing fee: $20
Grade Level: 7th - 8th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Maximum enrollment: 10 students
Text: Write Source 2000: A Guide to Writing, Thinking, and Learning (The specific edition will be updated later.)
Required materials: 1” or 1 ½”  binder with pockets, notebook paper, 1 subject notebook or composition book, pen/pencil, colored pencils
Course description: This course will focus on developing writing skills needed for high school and beyond. We will study grammar in order to understand how words fit together to create coherent sentences. We will read a variety of texts as examples of grammar in context, sentence/paragraph structure, variety in writing styles, and as topics for writing assignments. Students will learn to revise and edit to improve their writing as they write persuasive, informative, and narrative essays. They will also have opportunities for free-writing in order to develop the ability to transfer thoughts to paper. Grades will be based on class work, homework, and participation.Student Expectations: Students will be expected to think, read, write, and participate in class discussions. Every student should come to class prepared with the required materials and assignments. Respect among all members of the class -- teacher and students (self-respect included) -- is expected in order to create a safe and enjoyable learning environment.



This class is offered in two sections.
Lower Level High School English (9-10)

Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50)
Printing fee: $20
Grade Level: 9th - 10th 
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Maximum enrollment: 8 students
Texts: book list as .pdf
    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 binder, dividers, notebook paper, pencils or pens, highlighter
Course description: 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 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. 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.
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 Rhetoric and Composition as a junior and Upper Level English 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
    Rhetoric Alive! Book 1: Principles of Persuasion; ISBN 9781600513008
    The Elements of Style, Strunk and White; ISBN 978-0205309023
Required materials: 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. We will also read some novels and a Shakespearean tragedy. 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. This course should only be taken once. It is ideal for juniors who are preparing for college entrance exams and essays; it will also help 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.
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
Required materials: a 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. 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. 
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
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