7th - 11th Grades

Description:

British Literature and Composition:

This is a yearlong 2 hour course designed to further develop your student's compositional, grammatical, and analytical skills while meeting ELA standards for both Middle School (7-8th grade) and High School (9-12th grade).

*Grading and assignments will reflect the student's level and ability. 

Content: Each semester will focus on two novels or plays with supplemental support from excerpts from other works or poetry. 

The first semester readings are: Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. We will be reading excerpts from other Dickens' work such as Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities, as well a couple of Shakespeare's Sonnets. 

The second Semester readings are: Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles. We will be reading excerpts from other works such as Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre

Each semester will have one Oral presentation that will be presented to class, unless otherwise worked out with me prior to the due date. I do not want any student to feel as though they cannot take a course due to fear of talking in front of a class. I will always work with you to make this a wonderful learning experience to the best of my ability.

Homework: Each week with consist of 3-5 chapters of reading depending on the length and complexity of the reading, as well as week writing assignments of 3-5 paragraph length.

**Note: Families paying with private funds will receive a $10 discount if paid in full on the first day of classes.**

 

Prerequisite:

None: However, the reading pace is about 3-5 chapters a week (depending on length). Audio books are OK; however, a physical or digital copy is required for homework and in-class discussions.

Course Details

Day: Mon
Period: 3

Frequency: Once per Week
Class Duration: Semester

Course Cost:   $200
Materials Cost:   $0
Materials Required

Textbook:

Please make sure, which ever version you purchase, is unabridged and for Shakespeare has line numbers. Preferred version:

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles

 

Other Materials:

Binder with sections for: handouts and worksheets, notes, and assignments. Highlighter for in-class readings.

Payment Information

Private Funds Accepted? Yes

Cash: Yes
Check: Yes
Paypal: Yes

Charter Funds Accepted? Yes

Forest: Yes
Horizons: Yes
Inspire Charter School: Yes
South Sutter: Yes
Visions: Yes

Instructor Biography

This will be my fifth year teaching homeschool Writing and History classes as well as IEW Themed Writing.  I graduated from UC Davis with two BAs, one in English with a focus on 20th century Literature, and the second in History with a focus on European History specializing in 16th century medicine. My passion is to teach my students to find their voice and use their writing to convey their thoughts clearly and fully.

Wanting to give you more personal information I tried to think of my favorite author or book, but I just cannot settle on one. I find it shifts from week to week depending on who or what I am reading. Some of my favorites are: Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Little WomenThe Sound & the Fury, Pride & Prejudice, House of the Spirits, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, all of Shakespeare, and Canterbury Tales

History is a life long passion as I find I can never quite get enough information about those who came before us and the lives they lived. I hope to help make history come alive for my students; to try and connect in some tangible way with the people they read about in the pages of history books. I like to remind people, history is not just facts or stories, but the lives of real people who felt, thought, and lived in vastly different times. Some of those lives may have changed the world dramatically, but many more changed it in small subtle ways simply by living. History is a living subject because we are still creating it today. 

Research, Reading, and Writing are three of my passions I hope to instill in my students.