Lang Arts / English Classes

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

Class Description:

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature encourages students to “unlock” the mysteries within literature by teaching analytical techniques, literary elements, literary devices, and writing genres.  Students will learn how to read, infer, analyze, and write about literature, going beyond memorization of the elements of literature to applying them and even appreciating them.  As not all readings come from a Christian worldview, author worldview will be discussed, as well as the power of literature to influence.  Discussion and small group activities will be utilized in class, as well as reading, writing, and projects at home.  Students will end the course with practical experience in literary analysis and interpretation, and better prepared for upper level literature classes.

Prerequisites:  Students must be able to write an understandable paragraph with a topic and clincher sentence, and be interested in an academically challenging study.

Tutor:  Jennifer Holt

Class Length:  2016 Spring Semester only

Grade Level:  Grades 8-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition:  $185

Homework:  Approximately 4 hours/week

Class Size:  Minimum of 5;  Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirements:  Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis by Lesha Myers (student book only)

Supplies:  None

Required:  Internet access is required for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.


Introduction to Communication and Speech

Class Description:

In numerous studies of CEO’s and employers, the ability to communicate is cited as the number one job skill. In this year-long Introduction to Communication and Speech, students will develop this critical skill by learning to organize their thoughts in prepared and impromptu presentations, by using effective delivery techniques (eye contact, body language, vocal variety) and by practicing interpersonal communication skills. Every student will speak in every session–some giving prepared speeches, some giving impromptu speeches and some evaluating speeches. Every student also will have the opportunity to give a personal testimony of faith or values.

Skills: Effective listening, critical thinking, organization of ideas, controlling nervousness, techniques of persuasion and influence, conflict resolution, impromptu speaking, storytelling, using logic and emotion to engage and persuade, time management, delivery techniques, providing helpful feedback to others.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor: Robin Fraser

Class Length: One Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 8–12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $185 per semester

Homework: 1-2 hours per week. Homework will include researching supporting points, writing speeches and practicing.

Textbook Requirements:  No text required


Essay Writing

Class Description:

Every day, the ability to communicate through the written word is vital.  In this year- long class, we will be looking at and developing different genres of essays so that the students will become better communicators through writing. We will be looking at cause & effect, personal, persuasive, as well as more creative works like memoir and poetry (and more, if time allows). 

As students compose these essays, they will have the opportunity to critique one another’s works in small groups as well as get feedback from the teacher.  This course will also include practice for the writing portion of the ACT.

In addition, there will be a year-end portfolio and class presentation on a piece of the student’s work as part of the final project.

This course is the follow-up to Patsy Brekke’s Writing Foundations.   Students need to practice their foundational writing skills in as they prepare for high school and college work.  This course is it!

Note:  We will focus on excellence, creative expression, and collaboration as students practice the elements of writing from a variety of perspectives such as:  

  • ACT / SAT Essay Prompts
  • Persuasive
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Scholarship Essays 
  • Thesis Statements 
  • Cause & Effect
  • Fiction & Non-fiction
  • Business Letter Writing (resumes, thank you’s, cover letters, customer service letters and complaints)
  • Research / Report Factual Writing
  • Creative Thought Writing
  • Improvisational Skit & Script Writing
  • Brief Excerpt Summary Writing
  • General Overview Writing

Prerequisite: N/A

Tutor: Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM

Class Length: Full year (new students are accepted second semester if space available)

Grade Level: Grades 8-12

Class Size: 1 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180 per semester

Homework: 3 hours of homework weekly depending on the assignments

Materials: TBD (students will need a lined paper notebook, 2-pocket folder, pencils, pens, highlighters, and an assortment of markers – some additional handouts may be provided)


Writing Foundations Levels: ½, 1, and 2

*A tuition payment will also be required for the second semester of this class.

Class Description:

Writing Foundations started in 2001 after Patsy Brekke completed the teacher training program from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. As an IEW Accredited Accomplished Instructor, Ms. B. has designed her own curriculum to teach writing to students in grades 5 through 10. From fables to timed essays and research reports, students will build foundational writing skills that will prepare them for high school, PSEO, and college-level writing assignments.
 

THREE LEVELS of Writing Foundations Classes: Starting at the elementary level, students need as many years of writing practice as possible before proceeding to advanced high school and PSEO courses where quality writing skills are an expected medium for learning. It takes time and repeated practice to digest effective writing skills, and students must start with small bites and gradually work to greater challenges. Thus, Writing Foundations offers three levels: Level Half for grades *5-7, Level 1 for grades 7-9, and Level 2 for grades 8-10. Based on a principle of mastery, these courses provide time and space for meaningful practice, growing competence, and significant refinement of individual style.

Parental Involvement: Parents must proofread all assignments. Parents are responsible for all record keeping and cumulative course grading of their student’s work. To better nurture, reinforce and benefit from these skills, parents are enthusiastically encouraged to attend classes with their students.

*NOTE:

Writing Foundations is not the same as IEW’s student video curriculum. Regardless of past writing experience, ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST START AT LEVEL Half or 1.

Level Half is not required, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED before Level 1. Students should repeat Level Half and Level 1 until they are ready to move on. Although the same units are reviewed, Writing Foundations offers new assignments in each class every year. A student may take only fall semester of Level 1, but may not proceed to Level 2 without a successful, full year of Level 1. Taking a break between Levels 1 and 2 is NOT recommended! It is best to take Writing Foundations consistently until the student has successfully completed Levels 1 and 2 consecutively.

Regardless of past Writing Foundations experience, no mid-year entry is allowed. Students must take Fall and Spring semesters of each level within the same school year to complete that level.

Writing Foundations ½ : 5th – 7th Grade

Class Description/Level ½ Skills:  outlining, drafting, and revising, stylistic techniques, journals, fables, summaries (1 paragraph reports from 1 source plus bibliography), short essays, grammar, usage, and mechanics lessons, SAT level vocabulary, games, and a portfolio project and presentation at the end of the year.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Ms. Patsy Brekke & Miss Zoe Brekke

Class Length: Full year / 90 minutes per class

Grade Level: 5th-7th grades.  

  • Fourth-grade students may enroll in Level 1/2 with full parent attendance.  Contact Ms. B for details.  
  • Level 1/2 may also be considered for older students who are not ready for the academic challenge of a high school class.  Contact Ms. B for details?
  • Class Tuition: $240 per semester.
  • Tuition includes a plethora of handouts that will create a personal writing handbook.

Class Size: Minimum of 8 students with a maximum of 18 students

Materials Required:   Required for all Levels:

  • 3-inch  3-ring binder
  • 12 tabbed dividers
  • loose leaf filler paper
  • ball point pens
  • different colored fine tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments: yellow, orange, red, pink, green, blue, purple, brown, black.
  • Students may use a color printer for printing colors from the computer or an assignments, but they will need a basic assortment of highlighters for class.
  • A quality college-level dictionary. Electronic dictionaries are acceptable; however, students will not have internet access. Siblings may share a dictionary, but only the student who carries the dictionary to class will receive the monkey sticker.
  • A mini stapler

Homework: 2-6 hours per week depending on assignment


Writing Foundations 1 : 7th – 9th Grade

Class Description/Level 1 Skills:  note taking, outlining, narrating, journaling, drafting, editing, revising, stylistic techniques, fables, summaries, citations and bibliographies, 5-paragraph essays, grammar lessons, vocabulary and quizzes, year-end portfolio project and presentation.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Ms. Patsy Brekke & Miss Zoe Brekke

Class Length: Full year / 90 minutes per class

Grade Level: Grades 7– 9

Class Size: 8 student minimum, 18 student maximum

Tuition: $240 per semester.

  • Tuition includes a plethora of handouts that will create a personal writing handbook.

Homework: 2-6 hours per week depending on assignment

Materials Required:   Required for all Levels:

  • 3-inch  3-ring binder
  • 12 tabbed dividers
  • loose leaf filler paper
  • ball point pens
  • different colored fine tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments: yellow, orange, red, pink, green, blue, purple, brown, black.
  • Students may use a color printer for printing colors from the computer or an assignment, but they will need a basic assortment of highlighters for class.
  • A quality college-level dictionary. Electronic dictionaries are acceptable; however, students will not have internet access. Siblings may share a dictionary, but only the student who carries the dictionary to class will receive the monkey sticker.
  • A mini stapler?

 


Writing Foundations 2 : 8th – 10th Grade

Class Description/Level 2 Skills:  note taking, outlining, narrating, journaling, drafting, editing, revising, stylistic techniques, flashbacks, summaries, citations and bibliographies, multi-source reports, research report, persuasive essay, grammar lessons, vocabulary and quizzes, year-end portfolio project and presentation.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 in the previous school year

Tutor:  Ms. Patsy Brekke & Miss Zoe Brekke

Class Length: Full year /  90 minutes per class

Grade Level: Grades 8–10

Class Size: 8 student minimum, 18 student maximum

Tuition: $240 per semester.

  • Tuition includes a plethora of handouts that will create a personal writing handbook.

Homework: 2-6 hours per week depending on assignment

Materials Required: Required for all Levels:

  • 3-inch  3-ring binder
  • 12 tabbed dividers
  • loose leaf filler paper
  • ball point pens
  • different colored fine tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments: yellow, orange, red, pink, green, blue, purple, brown, black.
  • Students may use a color printer for printing colors from the computer or an assignment, but they will need a basic assortment of highlighters for class.
  • A quality college-level dictionary. Electronic dictionaries are acceptable; however, students will not have internet access. Siblings may share a dictionary, but only the student who carries the dictionary to class will receive the monkey sticker.
  • A mini stapler