English

Note on fees:
The printing fees listed are for the Spring Semester. If we continue to meet online, the fee will be applied to tuition.

Middle School w/ Grammar

InstructorStacy Barnwell
Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Printing fee: $10
Grade Level: 7th - 8th
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Maximum enrollment: 8 students
Text: Analytical Grammar, R. Robin Finley, Student Book only
        Contact instructor before purchase for a 25% off coupon from the publisher.       
These are some of the books we’ll read, but the list is not complete. I will email a reading list to registered families in July.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, introduction by Chris Riddell, 9780141321073, Puffin Classics
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, 978-0060530945
Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson, 978-0142415528
Peace, Locomotion, Jacqueline Woodson, 978-0142415122
Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson, 978-0689848919
Required materials: usual school supplies to help students keep work organized; 1 subject notebook or composition book
Course description: This course is designed for students who have had little grammar instruction. This class will help prepare students for high school level writing and for learning a foreign language. We will also work on writing skills and some creative writing. Students must participate in class discussions and in an online class forum; they will have 3-4 hours of weekly homework assignments. Assessment will be based on quizzes, writing, 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.

Middle School w/ Writing

InstructorStacy Barnwell
Course fee: $360 (8 payments of $45)
Printing fee: $10
Grade Level: 7th - 8th
Minimum enrollment: 3 students
Maximum enrollment: 8 students
Text: Grammar for Middle School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN 978-0325009568
These are some of the books we’ll read, but the list is not complete. I will email a reading list to registered families in July.
The Oracle Code, Marieke Nijkamp (writer) and Manuel Preitano (artist), 978-1401290665
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, 978-0345534835
Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett, 978-0062435262
Hidden Figures (Young Readers Edition), Margot Lee Shetterly, 978-0062662378
Required materials: usual school supplies to help students keep work organized; 1 subject notebook or composition book
Course description: Students enrolling in this class should have an understanding of grammar and basic paragraph construction. 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. Our grammar will focus on using phrases and clauses to construct quality sentences. Students must participate in class discussions and in an online class forum; they will have 3-4 hours of weekly homework assignments. Assessment will be based on quizzes, writing, 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.

Lower Level High School English (9-10) Class is full pending receipt of registrations.

Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50)
Printing fee: $10
Grade Level: 9th - 10th 
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Maximum enrollment: 8 students
Texts: Students who took the class last year will have different grammar assignments.
Grammar for High School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN 978-0325010465
          Paragraphs for High School, Don and Jenny Killgallon; ISBN 978-0325042534
I am flexible about editions, but The Iliad and Caesar should be the editions listed.
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, 978-0312384487
The Iliad, Homer, Ed. Robert Fagles, 978-0140275360
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak, 978-0375842207
Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds, 978-1481438254
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, 978-0743482745
12 Angry Men (Penguin), Reginald Rose, 978-0143104407
Animal Farm, George Orwell, 9780451526342
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway, 978-0684801223
Life of Pi, Yann Martel, 978-0156027328
Required materials: usual school supplies
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 must participate in class discussions and an online class forum; they will have 4-5 hours of weekly homework assignments, two exams, short essays, and two longer essays completed in stages. This course can be repeated; readings will vary.

*** 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: $10
Grade Level: 11th - 12th
Minimum/maximum enrollment: 3 - 6 students
Texts: Rhetoric Alive! Book 1: Principles of Persuasion; ISBN 9781600513008
          The Elements of Style, Strunk and White; ISBN 978-0205309023 
          additional reading list TBA
Required materials: usual school supplies
Course description:
 
This course will help students write tightly structured, well-defended arguments. Students will study rhetoric and learn to craft a persuasive argument appropriate to an audience. 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. It is designed to prepare juniors for college entrance exams and essays and to prepare seniors for college-level analytical writing that goes beyond literary analysis. Students must participate in class discussions and an online class forum. They will have at least 4-6 hours of weekly homework assignments, including numerous short essays, two exams, and two longer essays with multiple drafts and peer review.
This course should only be taken once.


Upper Level High School English (11-12)

Instructor: Stacy Barnwell
Course fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)
Printing fee: $10
Grade Level: 11th - 12th
Minimum/maximum enrollment: 4 - 8 students
Books: I am flexible about editions, but Beowulf and Hamlet should be the editions listed.
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, 978-0375714573
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation, (Bilingual Edition), Ed. Seamus Heaney, 978-0393320978
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 978-0486282114
Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson, 978-0486266886
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson, 978-0062278227
Hamlet, Folger edition, William Shakespeare, 978-0743477123
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoddard, 978-0802132758
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, 978-0061120060
Walden (selections), Henry David Thoreau
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 978-0385333481 
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro, 978-0679731726
Required materials: usual school supplies
Course description: This course will teach students to practice close reading of literature and evidence-based critical analysis. Although we will primarily be reading short stories, novels, and plays, we’ll also study some poetry and non-fiction. Students must participate in class discussions and an online class forum. They should be prepared for a heavy reading schedule and will have at least 4-6 hours of weekly homework assignments, including short essays, two exams, and two longer essays with multiple drafts and peer review. 
This course can be repeated; readings will vary.
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