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Grammar & Comp

Language Arts

High School Grammar & Composition (w/ Honors option): Mr. Jack Gale (click for bio)

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, and 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 throughout the 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 and has an Honors option available.

  • Text: will be provided

  • Course Credit: 1 credit of English (with Honors option available)

  • Available: 10-12th

  • Annual Tuition: $680

Literature & Composition: Michelle Myers (click for bio) 

The scope of this intensive language arts course covers literary analysis, grammar, beginner sentence diagramming, and formal writing practice.  Students will experience a familiar and supportive group setting as we learn how to read deeply, think critically, and write confidently using living books!

Each week, we will discuss our current novel in a Socratic-style novel discussion while studying the author's writing style.  Students will further interact with the grammar by practicing introductory sentence diagramming.  Finally, students will gain formal writing skills, including keyword outlines and stylistic techniques.  By the end of the course, students will have composed a varied writing portfolio consisting of an original narrative story, a research report, a formal five-paragraph essay, and a formal literary critique. 

This class utilizes Google Classroom for all assignments, class notes, and other resources, including lesson videos for all class meetings.  Students will receive tutor editing, written feedback, and final draft grading on all written assignments.  

  • Texts:  

    1.  Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

    2. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley

    3. The Wingfeather Saga: On The Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

    4. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

    5. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

    6. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

    7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    8. Book Scavenger, Book 1 by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    9. Other materials will be provided by the teacher.

  • Credit: 1 credit of English

  • Available: 8th - 12th

  • Prerequisites:  No formal writing experience is necessary.

  • Tuition: $680

IEW Narnia 1 (Grammar & Composition): Michelle Myers (click for bio)

This advanced language arts course includes literary analysis, formal writing, vocabulary, and in-depth grammar lessons.  We will submerge ourselves into the fantastical world created by C.S. Lewis in his treasured book series, The Chronicles of Narnia, with other subjects, including history and science.  Class discussion will be facilitated in a Socratic seminar to emphasize the art of questioning.

 

Students will work through all nine units of the IEW writing method, including research papers, critical analysis, creative writing, and formal essays while making connections to our novels and various history and science topics.  Additionally, students will learn to self-edit with a hands-on approach to grammar.  Advanced grammar topics combine comma usage, phrase and clause construction, and indefinite/reflexive/demonstrative pronouns with foundational grammar knowledge.

 

This class utilizes Google Classroom for all assignments, class notes, and other resources, including lesson videos for all class meetings.  Students will receive tutor editing, written feedback, and final draft grading on all written assignments.  However, parents must supervise grammar homework self-checks with the tutor-provided answer key.

  • Texts:  

  1. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  3. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

  4. IEW Following Narnia®, Volume 1: The Lion’s Song Student Book, ISBN: 978-1-62341-238-8

  5. IEW Fix It!™ Grammar: Robin Hood Student Book, Level 3 ISBN: 978-1-62341-361-3

  • Credit: 1 English credit (honors option available)

  • Available: 8th - 12th

  • Prerequisites: Some formal writing and foundational grammar experience are strongly suggested. Specific IEW experience is not required.

  • Tuition: $575 (support fee included)

IEW Narnia 2 (Grammar & Composition): Michelle Myers (click for bio)

The epic Narnian adventure continues in this advanced language arts course, which includes literary analysis, formal writing, vocabulary, and in-depth grammar lessons.  We will complete an in-depth reading of the final four books in the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis while learning more about the mythology, lore, and history that inspired his writing.  Class discussion will be facilitated in a Socratic seminar to emphasize the art of questioning.

 

Students will work through all nine units of the IEW writing method, including research papers, critical analysis, creative writing, and formal essays while making connections to the novels, their faith, history, and the world around them.  Students will build upon grammar concepts taught in IEW Narnia 1, including thoroughly examining punctuation, essential/non-essential clauses, complex sentence patterns, and more.  

 

This class utilizes Google Classroom for all assignments, class notes, and other resources, including lesson videos for all class meetings.  Students will receive tutor editing, written feedback, and final draft grading on all written assignments.  However, parents must supervise grammar homework self-checks with the tutor-provided answer key.

  • Texts:  

  1. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

  2. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

  3. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

  4. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

  5. IEW Following Narnia®, Volume 2: Aslan’s Country Student Book, ISBN: 978-1-62341-251-7

  6. IEW Fix It!™ Grammar: Mowgli and Shere Khan Student Book, Level 4 ISBN: 978-1-62341-364-4

  • Credit: 1 English credit (honors option available)

  • Available: 8th - 12th

  • Prerequisites: Students should successfully complete IEW Narnia 1 prior to enrolling in this course.  However, advanced students with prior IEW writing experience or Honors Literature and Composition students may enroll with instructor permission.  Please contact Mrs. Myers for further information.

  • Tuition: $575 (support fee included)

Becoming a Word Slinger, How to transition from “No idea” to “Published Author” in 32 Weeks or less!Lynn Jones Lynn Pierre Jones, Jr., P.T.   (click for bio)

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“Becoming a Word Slinger” is a yearlong course created to produce published authors. The course begins with the formation of an idea. The idea must be exciting enough to keep the student’s interest for an entire year. The course will end with the student having a published book in their hand and on Amazon. Some of the core values taught in this class are as follows:  Focus, the power of action, making decision, controlling procrastination, the freedom in living a disciplined life, time management, consistency, and courage.

 

This interactive course is taught by our very own President, Lynn Pierre. As a 5-time author himself; a wealth of knowledge and experience is at your fingertips. “Becoming a Word Slinger” is excellent for the future.  It will set your student apart, in the eyes of colleges, from someone who just has good grades. Imagine how your student, being a published author, would look on a transcript/resume. Studies show approximately 2,700 books are published each day.  If they can do it, you student can also. 

  • Course Credit: 1 Language Arts OR Elective Credit

  • Available: Open to students grades 9th - 12th

  • Annual Tuition: $555

Literature & Composition
1 Narnia
Word Slinger
2 Narnia
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