English


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
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        additional reading list TBA
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 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: TBA
Required materials: 1” or 1 ½”  binder with pockets, notebook paper, 1 subject notebook or composition book, pen/pencil, colored pencils
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)

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: reading list 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 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 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: binder, dividers, notebook paper, pens or pencils, highlighter
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: reading list TBA
Required materials: a binder, dividers, notebook paper, pens or pencils, highlighter
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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