This class will be a standard genre based Language Arts class. Students will read, comprehend, and analyze various forms of writing. The class will be broken into 4 units: Short Stories, Poetry, Drama, and the Novel. Each unit will connect the literature to current events, news articles, and Christian doctrine where appropriate. Students will learn the definitions of literary terms, and use those terms to analyze themes, characterization, and figurative and connotative language. Students will learn to write a literary analysis, and an argumentative essay. This class will meet during the week a few times during the school year, for guided reading instruction and reader’s theater. This class will also meet Common Core State Standards.
Featured Literature– Oscar Wilde’s hilarious play, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ray Bradbury’s futuristic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, Edgar Allan Poe’s creepy story, “Cask of Amontillado,” and Richard Connell’s suspenseful thriller, “The Most Dangerous Game.” We will also study poetry from the greatest poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, Simon J. Ortiz, and William Shakespeare.
- 3-ring binder with notebook paper
- Spiral bound notebook to use as a journal
- Pens and pencils
- Books—Do not purchase any books for this class. When it comes time to purchase books I will order the book for you at a discounted price.
Home Work—At least 4 hours at home
- Journal-(15 minutes a day) Students will complete 2 journal writings each week.
- Grammar-(15 minutes a day)
- Reading-(about 2 hours a week)
- Assignments-(this will vary)
- Essays and Projects
Some weeks will have more reading, some weeks will have more assignments. This will balance out for you as we go. You will have more than enough hours to fulfill the requirements for credit for this class.
***I expect students to come to class with their material read, and ready for discussion. I can’t teach the class if the students are not doing their homework. Please make sure that they are doing the reading.
In Class Activities—
- Tests and quizzes
- Notes, and lectures
- Class discussion and hands on activities relating to subject matter
After School Activities—
Please be aware that there will be some activities that take place OUTSIDE of class.
- Reader’s Theater–During the two weeks we are studying The Importance of Being Earnest, we will meet for 3 hours, two days a week so that we can read the play together.
- Writer’s Workshops—I would like to meet twice during the year for in depth writing instruction.
- Field Trips—We will go see the play The Importance of Being Earnest at Vanguard University (where Elisabeth is going this year).
When your student is absent, they are essentially missing a week’s worth of instruction. Please do your best to limit absences to emergencies and illness. All assignments and journals will be due when the student returns to class (assignments will be listed online). And your student is responsible to copy notes from a friend.
This is a High School Credit class, and your students will receive a grade for the work they turn in. I will register your students in our online gradebook and you will be sent a notification from the website, where you can register and then be able to know your student’s grade and missing assignments from home or from your smart phone.
Homeschooling is wonderful because it allows us to be flexible. However, I have noticed that this flexibility can also contribute to irresponsibility on the part of the student. My goal this year is to not only teach them the material that they need to learn, but also hold them accountable for time management. We all need to learn these skills to function in the workplace or in college.
So I am going to establish a LATE WORK POLICY.
If you as the parent have reasons that you need me to at times be flexible due to vacations or illness please contact me personally. Otherwise, I am going to expect more from the students when it comes to turning in the assignments promptly. At the beginning of the year, they may need more help from you to check and make sure they are completing their assignments on time, but it will be good for them.
- Homework—Turned in late will get half credit (which is essentially an F). It sounds harsh, but half credit is much much better than no credit.
- Essays—Turned in late will drop one letter grade for each week it is late. So if a B essay is turned in the following Friday, it will become a C essay.
- I will not take any late work after the semester is complete.
Feel free to contact me through phone, text or email. You can also contact me through the comment section on the blog. I look forward to working with your family to help your student grow this year in wisdom, knowledge and ability.