English and Literature
Tutors: Bernhardt, Brown, Green, and Herring
Price: $350 plus class fees
Grammar and Composition : Students will build their writing skills in this class by learning the mechanics of grammar, organizational patters, good writing models, and their unique voice and style. This course is designed for the beginning and intermediate writer.
High School African American Literature and Culture: This class explores the traditions of African American literature through poetry, short stories, speeches, drama, novels, songs, slave and emancipation narratives, essays and other primary documents. Students will engage in a variety of learning experiences through various audio/visual resources and multimedia technologies designed to cultivate an understanding of the African American experience and culture. Coursework will include reading, analyzing, and critically responding to texts in class discussions, short answer quizzes, and full length essays. Moreover, students will be invited to join the tutor on excursions to cultural sites throughout the DC metropolitan area. Students who take advantage of these opportunities will earn honors distinction for this course and for their transcripts by contributing to a class blog where they will reflect upon and share their experiences, and by completing a final project of their own design that will encapsulate their interaction with and understanding of the subject matter.
High School World Literature and Composition: This course will cover some sampling of literature from authors around the globe. Analytical discussions and Socratic circles will be routine. An essay will be written to accompany each piece of literature and a research paper will be required in 2nd Semester. We will learn how to write effectively by using a blend of IEW and Lost Tools of Writing techniques. Books will be analyzed so the student can recognize genre, theme, literary devices, and motifs. Mastery of the 5 paragraph persuasive essay is the main goal of this class. Vocabulary worksheets will accompany every piece of literature in order to complement and expand the student's understanding of more advanced words. Lastly, we will cover poetry with a poetry pack that I will create.
HS Literary Analysis & Research Writing: This class is designed to prepare students for college academic writing. With step-by-step instructions, students will read, infer, analyze and write about literature. Instruction is presented in manageable increments with examples and models so students know what is expected and how to complete each assignment. Reading selections include short stories and are not all from a Christian viewpoint. A variety of viewpoints are reflected, giving students the opportunity to develop discernment as they learn to analyze the worldview of each author. Students learn to analyze, but they also practice writing using the elements or devices emphasized in each lesson. In addition, students receive step by step instructions for writing a research paper. The students will write one research essay with step by step instruction and one on their own.
MS Creative Writing: This course will use “Cover Story,” a creative writing curriculum that focuses on “short stories, poems, non-fiction articles, letters and many other creative pieces over the course of one school year.” Habakkuk 2:2 reads, “Then the Lord replied, ‘Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.’” Using Creative Writing, this course will encourage students to make their writing clear so that anyone, including themselves, can “run with it” and use it for greater purposes. In this class, the students at the end of the year, will be able to compile their creative works into a color printed magazine. This will not only give the students a goal to work towards, it will also be a great addition to their college/career resume. Students will use their own writings in class to make artwork, do short skits, even write music to show each other how to make their writing clear and creative so that they can turn their writing into another form of art. Appearances from guest authors, editors, and publishers, will be added to enhance the creative writing experience.
MS English 2: Students will be instructed in analysis, written response and critique of literature texts. They will write essays using thesis statements, transition words, proper introductions and conclusions. Grammar practice and new vocabulary use will be a regular part of the class.