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MS Language Arts
Teacher: Trish Bowen
Description:  This course is designed for middle school students to combine their knowledge of writing, grammar, and literature together to provide a solid language arts foundation. Writing will focus on paragraph and essay types as we cover descriptive, cause and effect, and process writing. Research skills will also be developed. Grammar and mechanics will be emphasized throughout, with mini-lessons incorporated weekly. Our literature-based units will include reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary and literature elements with projects and presentations throughout.  Likely books include: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Holes, The Bronze Bow and one other selection. 
Text: All novels (other materials will be provided using the copy fee)
Copy Fee: $25
Tuition: $370 per year/$37 per month

HS Literature 1
Teacher: Mary Bergman
Description: This introduction to high school literature class is designed to teach the foundational concepts and skills essential for success in more advanced literature courses. Reading and analyzing a variety of literary text (fiction, nonfiction, short stories, poetry and drama) is the core of this class.  Key concepts of setting, plot, theme, characterization and figurative language will be emphasized.  Opportunities to share their analysis and to develop communication skills include written essays as well as oral and media presentations.  
Additionally, we will analyze and evaluate media messages so pervasive in our day.  
Novels – To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice.
Text -  Elements of Literature, Third Course.  ISBN 0-03-052062-2
Copy/ Technology Fee (vocabulary.com and prezi) - $30
This class is designed for a 9th – 10th grader with some writing experience (ie. ability to write a cohesive paragraph).  
Weekly assignment – Reading and responsive writings, worksheets to aid in analysis, and online vocabulary exercises.  Occasional videos to maximize instructional time.  
Semester assignments – one larger essay (maximum of 5 paragraphs), one creative writing assignment, one oral presentation and one media presentation
Tuition: $420 per year/$42 per month

9-10th Gr. Literature with Composition – World Literature
Teacher: Mary Bergman
Description: In this class, students will explore the life experiences of people around the world through the literature they produce.  We will focus on one geographic area at a time, beginning with the early oral traditions and moving through a few key works to the modern day.  Our class examination and analysis of these works will be focused on two goals. First, the students will understand the importance of the cultural context in which the work was produced.  They will evaluate the author’s purpose and the literary strategies used to achieve this goal.  Second, we will consider how we should respond to our newfound knowledge.  Gratitude for our circumstances? Engagement in a solution?  Increased appreciation for life?  How does an understanding of other places and times impact us?  Opportunities to share their discoveries and analysis and to develop communication skills include written essays as well as oral and media presentations.  This class is designed for 9th – 10th graders who have completed an Introduction to High School Literature class (or have equivalent knowledge of literary analysis) and who have some writing experience (ie. ability to write a cohesive paragraph and experience writing a 5 paragraph essay).  
Novels: Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe, Night by Elie Wiesel, Bread Winner by Deborah Ellis, Baotown  by Anyi Wang, Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins, Iqbal: A Novel by Francesco D’Adamo, The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)
Copy/Technology Fee (vocabulary.com and prezi) - $35
Common weekly assignment – Reading and responsive writings, worksheets to aid in analysis, research to discover historical and cultural context of a writing and online vocabulary exercises.  Occasional videos to maximize instructional time.   
Semester assignments – one larger essay (5 paragraph essay), one creative writing assignment, one oral presentation and one media presentation
Tuition: $445 per year/$44.50 per month

11-12th Gr Literature with Composition – American Literature
Teacher: Mary Bergman
Description: This course is a chronological study of the great voices in American Literature. We will examine how their key works shaped opinion, altered the country’s direction and reflected the culture of their times. Students will read and analyze a variety of literary texts including novels, short stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction writings.  We will explore the work of Thomas Paine, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Edgar Allen Poe, John Steinbeck, Upton Sinclair, Ralph Ellison, Maya Angelou, Tim O’Brien and others. Opportunities to share their analysis and to develop communication skills include written essays as well as oral and media presentations.
Text -  Holt Elements of Literature – Essentials of American Literature, Fifth course (Teacher hopes to have copies for students to borrow)
Novels  - Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Scarlet Letter, Last of the Mohicans (Consider supplementing with audio), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Call of the Wild, The Great Gatsby, Our Town, Their Eyes were Watching God, The Joy Luck Club
Copy/ Technology Fee (vocabulary.com and prezi) - $35
Common weekly assignments – Reading and responsive writings, worksheets to aid in analysis, research to discover historical and cultural context of a writing, and online vocabulary exercises.  Occasional videos to maximize instructional time.   
Semester assignments – one larger essay, one-two creative writing assignment, one oral presentation and one media presentation
Tuition: $445 per year/$44.50 per month

High School Writing and Grammar 1
Teacher: Abigail Grove
Description: Recommended for students in the 9th grade and up; students should have completed at least one year of formal grammar and writing studies. Using techniques from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and Format Writing, students will develop an organized, creative writing style. Grammar will be applied to writing paragraphs and essays in order to develop correct and varied sentence structure. Writing assignments include different formats such as process, cause and effect, and persuasive styles in order to prepare students for later high school and college composition classes. Many writing assignments will be research-oriented beginning with paragraphs and then essays of various lengths. Class will also include lessons in outlining, condensing, source citing, and avoiding unintentional plagiarism. A variety of high school vocabulary words will also be studied.
Text: Format Writing by Frode Jensen (2006 edition, ISBN# 1886061297 preferred)
Copy fee: $30 
Class Maximum: 14 students
Tuition: $395 per year/$35 per month

High School Writing and Grammar 2
Teacher: Abigail Grove
Prerequisite: High School Writing and Grammar or comparable course (final grade of 85% or better)
Description: This course is recommended for older high school students with several years of formal writing experience. Using techniques from the Institute for Excellence in Writing and Along These Lines, students will develop an organized, creative writing style. Writing assignments incorporate an abundance of research in addition to formats such as process, description, cause and effect, and persuasion. Class will also include lessons in outlining, condensing, source citing, and avoiding plagiarism. Additionally, students will evaluate and respond to persuasive articles to help prepare for the new SAT style writing. This course will continue to review the basics of grammar and mechanics, and significant time will be spent on varied sentence structure. Vocabulary studies will also be a major focus of the class.
Text: Advancing Vocabulary Skills: Short Version by Sherrie L. Nist (2009, ISBN-10: 1591941946)
Copy fee: $30
Class Maximum: 14 students
Tuition: $395 per year/$35 per month

College Preparatory Writing
Teacher:  Abigail Grove
NOTE: Placement will be confirmed based on writing samples submitted along with registration forms.
Description: Recommended for high school seniors or advanced juniors, students who register for this class should possess two or more years of formal writing and grammar experience. Using the resources designed by the Institute for Excellence in Writing and early college-level assignments, this class will offer a variety of writing experiences. It will also introduce specific tips for the writing portion of the SAT essay exam. Paper planning and polishing will be stressed through specific lessons in creativity and style. To help the student prepare for college-level classes, skills in outlining, note-taking, and overall essay construction will be taught. A thorough review of writing mechanics (punctuation, grammar, etc.) will be conducted as well. Vocabulary words will be taken from new SAT study guides (approximately 100 words for the year).
Text: The Blue Book of Punctuation and Grammar by Jane Straus (10th edition, 2008) and They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (3rd edition; ISBN-13: 978-0393935844)
Copy fee: $30
Class Maximum: 14 students
Tuition: $445 per year/$45 per month

  
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