Middle School Spelling and Grammar
Course description: This course is designed for students who have had little spelling or grammar instruction. While some students excel in writing and language skills without formal instruction, most benefit from a solid grounding in spelling and grammar. This class will help prepare students for high school level writing and for learning a foreign language.
Course makeup policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course grading policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and participation.
Middle School English with Writing
Course description: This class is designed to prepare students for high school level courses. We’ll study composition, creative writing, and literature, including short stories, poetry, novels, and non-fiction. Students should have a basic knowledge of grammar. Students must 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.
Lower-Level High School English (9-10)
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.
Upper-Level High School English (11-12)
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.
Rhetoric and Composition (11-12)
Course description: This course is designed to teach students to write tightly structured, well-defended arguments. Students will study written 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 nonfiction, 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 is designed to improve each student's readiness and ability to tackle college-level assignments. Students should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week outside of our class day.