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

Instructor: Stacy 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

Instructor: Stacy 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) FULL

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.