This 30 week, 1 ½ hour class is for middle school students who are familiar with the writing process and comfortable writing paragraphs. Class will consist of five components: literature, writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling.
Literature and writing are the two main components of this class. Literature will utilize novels, short stories, and interactive notebooks, to explore and identify literary devices, and techniques such as direct and indirect characterization, types of conflict, point of view, symbolism, as well as others. Reading selections include classics—both old and new— in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Writing assignments will teach an incremental writing method that will give students confidence and clarity with essay writing, and help them develop key techniques used in descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing. The writing steps include brainstorming, outlining, first drafts, self-editing and final drafts.
Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary will round out this class. Parts of speech and their correct usage will be cemented by using Analytical Grammar worksheets, and reflected in student essays. Spelling and vocabulary will combine with Vocabulary Virtuoso. Students will not only review spelling rules, but master vocabulary in preparation for PSAT/SAT and ACT testing.
Curriculum workbooks and print-out material supplied by instructor:
- Analytical Grammar
- WriteShop Level II
- Vocabulary Virtuoso
Novels instructor will purchase for students:
- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- Animal Farm, George Orwell
- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
- A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
- The Finest Hours, Michael J Tougais
Items to be supplied by students: 3 ring binder, pens or pencils, and paper
Class homework requirements: spelling and vocabulary worksheets and test, grammar worksheets, reading assigned text, and essay writing.
NOTE: Instructor will be happy to evaluate a sample paragraph for appropriate class placement.
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $100
Covid Contingency Plan
In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. The students and I will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments will be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. I will also make myself available for one-on-one feedback during the assigned class time, or at a time that is convenient to your child. The goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.