7-12 Language
​Arts 2020-21

  
“One need not burn the books to destroy a culture; one merely needs to stop reading” (Bradbury).

MS Language Arts
Teacher:  Shona Bracco
Description: This combination class (grammar & literature) is designed to help prepare your students for success in high school. Class time will be spent on reviewing grammar concepts and discussing our current literature book. Weekly assignments will include grammar work, vocabulary exercises, literature reading, and comprehension questions. We will also continue to strengthen our writing skills through a variety of weekly assignments based on our literature reading. Writing assignments will range from one paragraph to two pages. This class is a 2-year rotation so that students can take this in both 7th and 8th grade. 
Text:  Easy Grammar Plus Workbook (ISBN: 9780936981147)
          Easy Grammar Plus Student Test Booklet (ISBN: 9780936981536)
Novels: The Bronze Bow, The Endless Steppe, and The Westing Game
Copy Fee: $30 per student
Tuition: ​$370 per year/$37 per month


HS Literature I - Introduction to Literature
DescriptionIntroduction to Literature is designed to provide a strong foundation for all upper-level literature classes.  Key concepts of plot, characterization, setting, language and theme are emphasized.  Students will develop the ability to read, think and write about literature analytically.  They will fill up their toolbox for the task of analysis by learning literary terms and devices, by practicing the skill of asking what, why and how questions of the text and by discussing, debating and defending their discoveries with classmates.  We will read many short stories and poems as well as two novels and a play.  Writing assignments are focused on developing the skills necessary to write an outstanding, end-of-year, five-paragraph analytical essay.
This class is appropriate for any student new to literary analysis (9th -12th grade).  Some writing experience is a must (ie. the ability to write a cohesive paragraph and some exposure to writing a five-paragraph essay). 
Weekly assignment – Reading and responsive writings as well as worksheets to aid in analysis.  Occasional videos to maximize instructional time. Memorization of literary terms. 

Teacher: Mary Bergman
Text: Novels –Scythe (a modern dystopian tale) and To Kill a Mockingbird
Short stories, poetry and other resources will be provided by the teacher

Copy Fee:$35
Tuition: $420 per year/$42 per month


9 - 10th Grade Literature with Composition: World Literature 
Description: Writers around the world tell stories about the issues that come up again and again in every culture - heroes and their struggles, misunderstandings between people, and tragedies and their impact on individuals and communities.   In this class, the students will examine these issues across cultures and through time through the study of novels, short stories, poems and plays.  They will examine the use of characterization, setting, plot structure and language to determine, analyze and evaluate the author’s message related to these issues.  Students will be given many opportunities to discuss, debate and defend their discoveries. The goal of World Literature is that the students would grow in their ability to read, think and write analytically. 
This class is designed for 9th – 11th 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). 
Common weekly assignment – Reading and responsive writings. Worksheets to aid in analysis.  Occasional videos to maximize instructional time. 

Teacher: Mary Bergman
Text: Novels –Things Fall Apart, No Fear Shakespeare: Hamlet,  Night
Short stories, poetry and other resources provided by the teacher
Copy Fee:  $35
Tuition: $445 per year/ $44.50 per month
 

11 - 12th Grade Literature and Composition: American Literature
Description: In this class, we journey from the early writings of the Puritans and the Founding Fathers through the Romantic period of the early 1800s to post-Civil War Realism and on to Modern and Contemporary novels, short stories and poetry.  Studying American literature chronologically gives us a deeper understanding of our history and of the changes in life and thought in America.  Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to books as “the mind of the past”.  A study of history gives us a record of what people did, while a study of literature gives us a record of what they were thinking at the time. Profound differences in beliefs and values are expressed in American literature over the years.  A study of these differences should create in us a questioning attitude about the thinking of the authors we read - and even our own thinking.  This class is designed to facilitate this questioning. We practice reading thoughtfully and carefully, questioning the text, analyzing what we read and then making arguments/assertions based on this.  The students are given the opportunity to craft arguments with strong evidence and clear reasoning and then present this both in writing and verbally. 
**Please note that this class meets two times per week.  This provides ample time for modeling the reading, thinking and writing that is necessary for deep understanding and for providing feedback as the students practice these skills. 
This class is designed for students who have completed Introduction to Literature and are ready for an upper-level literature class.  Students should be comfortable writing a five-paragraph essay.  Please talk to Mrs. Bergman if you have questions about your student’s placement in this class. 
Common weekly assignments – Reading and responsive writings, worksheets to aid in analysis, Occasional videos to maximize instructional time.  

Teacher: Mary Bergman
Text: Novels  - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby
Short stories, poetry and other resources provided by the teacher
Copy Fee: $35
Tuition:  $445 per year/$44.50 per month

High School Writing and Grammar 1
Prerequisite: Student should be able to recognize all parts of speech and have written a short essay before (approximately 9th grade)
Description: The primary goal of this class is the development of organized essay writing; your student will practice the key skill of written communication, an essential for high school and beyond. Course content will include various writing formats such as cause and effect, process, and comparison and contrast. Research skills will be stressed with paragraphs and then essays as well as outlines, summaries, and source citing. Grammar lessons  focus on labeling parts of speech and then applying grammar principles to writing. The basics of comma usage and subject-verb agreement will also teach students to write correctly and creatively. Vocabulary lessons stress word usage and reading comprehension. In summary, this course will provide your student with essential writing skills.
Teacher:  Abigail Grove
Copy fee: $35
Text: Teacher will provide texts
Tuition: $395 per year/$39.50 per month

High School Writing and Grammar 2
Prerequisite: High School Writing and Grammar or comparable course; approximately 10th grade and up
Description: In this course, students will hone their organization and creativity in writing. The primary goal of this course is to learn to research well; utilizing various resources and texts, writing assignments include an abundance of research related skills such as note-taking, outlining, source citing and quoting. Also, the second focus is to add style and persuasion to student writing. Students evaluate and respond to persuasive articles to help prepare for the SAT essay. The course will continue to review the basics of grammar and mechanics, and significant time will be spent on varied sentence structure. Using college preparatory materials, vocabulary studies will also be a major focus of the class.
Teacher: Abigail Grove
Text: Advancing Vocabulary Skills: Short Version by Sherrie L. Nist (2009, ISBN-10: 1591941946 ISBN-13: 978-1591941941)
Copy fee: $30
Tuition: $395 per year/$39.50 per month

College Preparatory Writing
NOTE: Placement must be confirmed based on writing samples submitted along with registration forms. (advanced juniors or seniors)
Description:  Using various resources including early college level assignments, this class will offer variety of writing experiences including opinion, research, narrative, and descriptive assignments. It will also introduce specific tips for the essay writing portion of the SAT. To help the student prepare for college, this class will stress source integration in writing along with overall paper construction and editing.Thorough lessons in writing mechanics (punctuation, grammar, etc.) will be conducted as well, and vocabulary words will be taken from SAT study guides. This challenging course will bolster and polish your student's writing.
Teacher:  Abigail Grove
Text:The Blue Book of Punctuation and Grammar by Jane Straus and They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (3rd edition; ISBN-13: 978-0393935844)
Copy fee: $30
Tuition: $445 per year/$44.50 per month



  
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