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MS Language Arts -- Monday Pd 3 (FULL) OR Pd 5
Teacher:  Shona Bracco
Description
This course is designed for middle school students to increase their knowledge of writing, grammar, vocabulary and literature. It will provide a language art foundation that will prepare them for high school classes. Join us as we read about the lives of three teenagers in a variety of time periods during our literature studies. We will also strengthen our writing skills thru a variety of assignments based on our literature reading. 
Weekly assignments will include grammar work, literature reading, comprehension questions, and vocabulary exercises.  
Monthly assignments will include grammar tests, vocabulary tests and writing assignments focused on paragraphs and essays.
Text: Easy Grammar Plus Workbook (ISBN: 9780936981147)
           Easy Grammar Plus Student Test Booklet (ISBN: 9780936981536)
Novels:  Johnny Tremain, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, ( ISBN- 10: 9780553296983 ), Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman ( ISBN 978-0-06-447048-3)
Copy Fee: $30 per student
Tuition: $370 per year/$37 per month

HIGH SCHOOL LANGUAGE ARTS GRADE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE NEXT TO EACH CLASS. 

HS Literature 1 - GRADES 9 AND 10
This class is designed for a 9 th – 10 th grader with some writing experience (ie. ability to write a cohesive paragraph).
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 language will be emphasized.  Opportunities for the students to share their analysis and to develop communication skills include written essays as well as oral/media presentations. 
NovelsScythe(a modern dystopian tale)and To Kill a Mockingbird
Short stories, poetry and other resources will be provided by the teacher

Weekly assignment – Reading and responsive writings, worksheets to aid in analysis, and on-line
vocabulary exercises. Occasional videos to maximize instructional time.
Larger semester assignments – One analytical essay, one creative writing assignment, one oral/media presentation
 Copy/Technology Fee  - $30 
Text -  Elements of Literature, Third Course.  ISBN 0-03-052062-2
Tuition: $420 per year/$42 per month

9-10th Gr. Literature with Composition – World Literature
This class is designed for 9 th – 10 th 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).
Teacher: Mary Bergman
Description: In this class, students will explore how place, time and culture influence the literature of a region.
During the first half of the year, we will read texts from the Middle East, Asia and Africa with a focus on works written in the last 100 years. During the second semester, we will concentrate on Western literature beginning with “Beowulf” and ending with Night. We will examine the use of characterization, setting, plot structure and language to determine, analyze and evaluate the author’s message. The goal of the class is that the students would grow in their ability to read, think and write analytically.
Novels Bamboo People, Things Fall Apart, Night, Hamlet/No Fear Shakespeare, A Doll's Hous
Short stories, poetry and other resources provided by the teacher
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 chronological study immerses students in reading and analyzing works of American literature from the Puritan era to modern day, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama and nonfiction. Students will study the major literary periods along with the works and authors of the period and gain an understanding of their continuing significance. These literary works will provide opportunities for critical writing and creative projects. The ultimate goal of the class is that the students would continue to grow in their ability to read, think and write analytically.
Novels - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,
The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, Our Town
Short stories, poetry and other resources provided by the teacher
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 - GRADES 9 AND 10
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 (any version that is copyright 2007 or after will work for this class)
Copy fee: $30 
Class Maximum: 14 students
Tuition: $395 per year/$39.50 per month

High School Writing and Grammar 2 - GRADES 10 AND 11
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 ISBN-13: 978-1591941941)
Copy fee: $30
Class Maximum: 14 students
Tuition: $395 per year/$39.50 per month

College Preparatory Writing - GRADE 12
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.
TextThe 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
Class Maximum: 14 students
Tuition: $445 per year/$44.50 per month

  
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