English and Literature
Tutors: Bernhardt, Green, and Herring
Price: $350 plus class fees
High School English Grammar and Composition: High School English Grammar and Composition engages students in a systematic study of grammar along with the discipline of mechanically proficient writing. Beginning with a step-by-step study of the parts of speech and basic elements of composing a sentence, students will develop their knowledge and skill in these disciplines by imitating great writers, correcting and improving sample texts, and editing and revising their own writing as well as the work produced by classmates. The requirements and expectations of the coursework offer students the opportunity to write in various essay types and for a variety of purposes. This includes narratives, arguments, exposition, and research writing. Throughout the course, rubrics help students remember what is expected of them and help them produce their best work. While some literature will be assigned in this course, analysis will be cursory as the works will be primarily used as background and supportive texts for essay development.
High School British Literature: This course will cover some sampling of classic British literature. 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 accompany this course in order to complement and expand the student's understanding of more advanced words. The course will also cover British Poetry.
High School World Literature: High School World Literature introduces students to a world and people with daily experiences very different from their own through both traditional and contemporary works from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. As students read, annotate, discuss, and analyze novels, short stories, poetry, and drama, they will study not only the literature from distant lands but some of the history, geography, and culture as well. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing aspects of the various genres and elements of literature such as character development, plot, figurative language, theme, imagery, symbolism, setting, and more. Critical thinking and analysis will be stressed through in class discussions, quarterly projects, and literary analysis papers.
High School Classic Film and Literature: This course will cover some sampling of literature from authors around the globe and will be followed up by watching a classic movie. 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 accompany this course in order to complement and expand the student's understanding of more advanced words. The course will also cover a poetry created by the tutor.
High School American Literature and Composition: As students read and study a sample of American literary works, they will examine the underlying worldview of the era as well as the historical era in which it was written. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, drama, and film have been selected for literary quality and for their place in the historical development of literature. We will discuss literature pieces in terms of the author’s worldview, theme, conventions, literary devices and motifs. American Lit will include many types of writing, some formal and some informal. They will learn to annotate as they read in order to more adequately discuss the readings and then to write analytical essays. Students are expected to know how to write a well-organized five-paragraph essay. The students will also have fun projects and interactive activities during class as well as Socratic Circle discussions.
Middle School English Grammar and Composition: Grammar and writing are skills that are primarily learned through consistency, structure and practice. In this course, 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students will have the opportunity to enrich these three skills. The focus of this class is to build strong grammar and writing skills necessary for success in high school and beyond. Through weekly in-class and at home grammar skill practice, students will build solid grammar and vocabulary abilities. Students will engage in fun and energetic conversations while learning logical fallacies and reasoning. Lastly, utilizing a blend of the IEW Level C and Elegant Essay programs, students will work through 3 to 5 paragraph essays to include KWOs, mini-research reports, summarizing narratives and more. Students will also learn the structure of writing by focusing on writing genres from models of various forms of writing, beginning with expository and working up through descriptive, persuasive and narrative writing.
Middle School 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 writings clear and creative so that they can turn their writing into another form of art.