English Course Offerings

Honors Grammar and Composition – Tutor: Mr. Jack Gale 

Grammar and Composition is a two-semester course that begins with a review of traditional grammar, including parts of speech, noun usage, and basic sentence patterns, and moves on to verb conjugations, phrases, and clauses before the year ends. The grammar portion of the class emphasizes usage problems, such as major grammatical errors, common usage problems like agreement, punctuation, and sentence construction. Concurrent with the grammar portion of the class is a course in writing. The first semester focuses on various types of paragraphs (argumentation, persuasion, comparison, analysis, etc.) of a formal, three-part nature since this type of writing is the emphasis of most standardized tests, the SAT, and colleges. During the second semester students move on to full-length essays and conclude the year with a research paper on a general topic. Students are encouraged to use outside sources during the entire year and must practice the correct use of notes and bibliography. While this is not a reading class, per se, students will read a number of short literary works and one or two short novels to provide material for literary analysis.  This course prepares students for college composition. 

Text: will be provided

Course Credit: 1 credit of English

Available: All grades but recommended before college writing

Annual Tuition: $600

American Literature with Honors Option – Tutor: Mr. Jack Gale

This class is a two-semester survey of American literature, mostly excerpts and shorter selections, from the beginnings of our country to the present. Since history usually provides a context for the literature, students also have an opportunity to review the history of our nation and the most significant literary periods. Though the emphasis is on shorter works in order to get as broad an overview as possible, students will also read all or many of the following standard works: The Scarlet Letter, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Walden, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a twentieth-century selection, such as To Kill a Mockingbird or The Great Gatsby. Selections will vary by class or interest. American Literature also provides students with an opportunity to hone their writing skills through a wide range of writing assignments in which they may argue an issue of interest, discuss a matter of concern, or analyze material they have read. As time and the interests/needs of students permit, they will have opportunities to write a number of timed, in-class practice essays of the type and format suggested by the SAT. The second semester will conclude with a formal research paper.

Text: will be provided

Fee: $600

Credit: 1 credit of English

Available: All grades

Prerequisite:  Grammar and Composition OR if the student has had a thorough writing course previously with approval by the tutor.

Literature & Composition – Tutor: Mrs. Melissa Garcia

This two-semester Literature course will serve as an introduction to numerous short story classics in literature such as; “God Lives” by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Schoolboy’s Story” by Charles Dickens, “The Celestial Railroad” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. Students will complete review and comprehension questions which will provide for rich classroom conversations and understandings. This compilation of short stories allows us to not only analyze and think critically, but also focus on specific skills and strategies throughout the year such as; theme, setting, plots, mood and style. 

 

Text: Words Aptly Spoken Short Stories 3rd edition

Credit: 1 credit of English

ISBN: 978-0-9904720-3-2

Available: 8th & 9th

Tuition: $495
 

Grammar & Composition  – Tutor: Mrs. Melissa Garcia

This theme-based course will follow IEW’s, “Implementing the Structure and Style Writing Method” as we explore God’s word. Each unit hones in on a specific subject and structure, while focusing on a specific style, and then enhancing our writing with rich vocabulary. Students will take notes, retell narratives, write from pictures, summarize references and multiple sources, write an essay, and compose formal critiques. 

 

Text: IEW Bible-Based Writing Lessons

Credit: 1 credit of English

ISBN: 978-1-62341-316-3

Available: 8th & 9th

Tuition: $495