WRITING AND LITERATURE CLASSES

Please visit our schedules page for the days and times these classes are offered.
Literature and Writing - 4th-6th Grade - Lori Kelley
 

Required time outside of class each week: approximately 3-4 hours

Class time will be spent guiding your children through a variety of literature in order to maximize your students’ reading experiences. This will be done by providing activities that foster comprehension, vocabulary, and an understanding of literary elements. Students will also develop writing and speech communication skills through a variety of reader’s response questions and reports that they will complete and share in class.

Homework will include assigned reading, vocabulary, comprehension questions and reader’s response writing assignments each week. Each book that we read will also have a small project to enhance learning.

Materials needed: Students will be required to purchase 3/4 novels at approximately $5-$7 each. They will need access to a good dictionary, thesaurus and Bible. They may also need supervised access to the internet at times. There will also be a binder given for each semester that has all curriculum included. In order to receive this binder and printed materials, there will be a curriculum fee of $30 per semester. The fee will be due August 1st  and December 1st.

Class tuition is $400 split into 10 payments of $40 (due from July 2018-April 2019).

Payment options:

1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed each month (Jul 2017-Apr 2018)

2) Set up auto payments with your bank to arrive at the 1st of the month

3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2018).

Mail Class Registration Form and tuition payments to: Lori Kelley 216 Skipper Jack Montgomery, Texas 77316. Her contact information is thekelleys4@hotmail.com or 281-813-4763. Lori responds very well through text messages and emails.

 

Sentence to Paragraph - Grades 7th-8th

Sentence to Paragraph Writing is designed for the student who can write a basic sentence and follow directions. The student learns how to incorporate grammar into writing more descriptive sentences, while also becoming skilled at the organizational process.

Creative writing is taught by the inclusion of figures of speech and grammar. It is recommended that homework be typed; however, it is not required until the second semester.

Each student will need the Sentence to Paragraph worksheets which are available online from The Write Foundation. Please make sure you order the worksheets for the Sentence to Paragraph class.

While this is not a literature course, a reading list will be provided either to be read independently or as a family. There will be no tests on the books.

Class time will be 1 hour and 15 minutes per week.

The monthly fee for this class is $45.  Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed the first of the month (July 2018 – April 2019); 2, Set up auto bank payments to arrive by the 1st of the month; 3) Pay by semester (1st semester payment dated July 1, and 2nd semester payment dated Dec 1, 2018).

Please mail your class registration form and payment to 

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework is 3 hours.

Basic Paragraph Writing - Jr. High-High School - Billie Jo Craig

Basic Paragraph Writing – Jr. High – High School – Billie Jo Craig

Expect to spend 3-4 hours a week on homework.

This writing class uses The Write Foundation–Paragraph Writing curriculum by Becky Celsor. It is a fundamental approach, which covers writing a basic single paragraph paper to an introduction of a 5-paragraph essay, as well as a weekly poetry assignment. The class will work on organizational skills such as note taking, brainstorming, outlines, rough drafts, and editing. The goal of the class is to teach students to become carefully planned, organized writers, enabling them to effectively communicate and preparing them for high school level essay writing and life. If you would like to determine readiness for this class, please email Billie Jo Craig directly for instructions.

Supplies: 3-ring binder (2 – 3 inch), 5+ hi-liters (orange, pink, blue, green, yellow, purple), 8 notebook divider tabs, a Bible, a thesaurus, and a dictionary. All homework must be typed. The student will need to purchase the Paragraph Writing Student Worksheets from http://www.thewritefoundation.org/pages/order-worksheets.aspx. While this is not a literature course, a reading list will be provided either to be read independently or as a family.

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $50.00 payment dated July 1, 2019 (first tuition payment). There are a total of 10 tuition payments of $50 (due on the 1st of July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April). . Contact info: Billie Jo Craig 936-203-2866, Address : 3214 Felton Springs Dr., Spring, TX 77386. billiejocr@yahoo.com

Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2019-April 2020); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month; 3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2019). No refunds given after July 1.

 

Intro to Literature - Billie Jo Craig

Introduction to Literature

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework – _varies depending on reading speed, expect 4-5_ hours

This class will introduce students to the classics.  Literary elements will be explored with at home with novels and in class with short stories and poetry.  This class would be a great link between the paragraph writing and Essay Writing class or as a first English. The checklist and elements will be used from The Write Foundation Paragraph class,  allowing it to remain fresh and consistent for moving into Essay.  We will learn to express thoughts about passages and ideas of the elements of literature by writing one, three, and five paragraph papers throughout the year. 

Supplies and Fees: 3 Ring Binder, notebook paper, pens, pencils, red pen, highlighters (a couple colors) Study guides will then be printed out at home, as needed. All books are easy to find or borrow. The editions are suggested because they go with the study guides, if you use a different editions, students may have trouble knowing where to end reading each day.

There will be a one-time per year printing fee of $20.00

Book list will be final by July 1.

White Fang – all editions,  Greek and Roman Mythology – Bulfinch’s Age of Fables, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar – any edition (I highly recommend a side by side No Fear edition),  A Tale of Two Cities – all editions,  The Misanthrope – all editions,  The Hobbit – all editions

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $45.00 and $20.00  printing fee ($65.00) payment dated July 1, 2019. There are a total of 10 tuition payments  of $45.00 (due on the 1st of July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April).  Contact info: Billie jo Craig 936-203-2866, Address: 3214 Felton Springs Dr., Spring, TX 77386. billiejocr@yahoo.com

Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2019-April 2020); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month;   3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2019).  No refunds given after July 1.

Essay Writing - Pre-requisite: Completion of Basic Paragraph Writing – Billie Jo Craig

Basic Essay Writing – completion of basic paragraph writing – Billie jo Craig

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework – varies depending on reading speed, expect 4-5_ hours
Highly recommended 10th-11th grade as it prepares for college essays.

This writing class uses The Write Foundation–Essay Writing curriculum by Becky Celsor. Essay Writing is a fundamental approach covering 5-paragraph essays and creative poetry with advanced figures of speech. The class will review and strengthen organizational skills, such as note taking, brainstorming, outlines, rough drafts, editing, and logical reasoning. The student will examine, develop and reinforce their skills in writing 5-paragraph essays, longer essays and 1 basic research paper. The last six weeks are spent mastering timed essays to prepare them for college tests and entrance exam. If you would like to determine readiness for this class, please email Billie jo Craig directly for instructions.

Supplies: The student will need to purchase the Essay Writing Student Worksheet set from http://www.thewritefoundation.org/pages/order-worksheets.aspx. The students will need a 3-ring binder (2 – 3 inch), 6 hi-liters (orange, pink, blue, yellow, green, purple, any other color) and notebook divider tabs.

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $50.00 payment dated July 1, 2019 (first tuition payment). There are a total of 10 tuition payments of $50.00 (due on the 1st of July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April). A late fee of $10.00 per class will be added for fees received after the 10th of each month. Contact info: Billie jo Craig 936-203-2866, Address: 3214 Felton Springs Dr., Spring, Tx 77386. billiejocr@yahoo.com

Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2019-April 2020); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month; 3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2019). No refunds for canceling after July 1.

 

American Literature – Grades 9th-12th – Billie Jo Craig

American Literature – 9th-12th – Billie jo Craig

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework – _varies depending on reading speed, expect 4-5_ hours

We will read works in their entirety from various time periods of American History, and learn to write about the works. Study guides with questions that go with the book are assigned four days each week. We will learn to express thoughts about passages and ideas of the time period by writing one, three, and five paragraph papers throughout the year. There will also be a research paper.
Supplies and Fees: 3 Ring Binder, notebook paper, pens, pencils, red pen, highlighters (a couple colors) Study guides will then be printed out at home, as needed. All books are easy to find or borrow. The editions are suggested because they go with the study guides, if you use a different editions, students may have trouble knowing where to end reading each day.

There will be a one-time per year printing fee of $20.00

The Scarlet Letter – All editions are compatible, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Dover Pub ISBN 0-486-29073-5, The Gold Bug and Other Tales – Dover Pub ISBN 0-486-26875, The Raven and Other Favorite Poems- Dover Pub ISBN 0-486-26685-0, Evangeline and Other Poems- Dover Pub ISBN 0-486-28255-4, The Red Badge of Courage- All editions are compatible, Up from Slavery- All editions are compatible , Autobiography of an Ex-Colored man- All editions are compatible, The Road Not Taken and Other Poems – Dover Thrift Pub 0-486-27550-7, The Mouse That Roared – All editions are compatible, Billy Budd- All editions are compatible, The Prince and the Pauper- All editions are compatible

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $65.00 payment dated July 1, 2019 (first tuition payment and printing fee). There are a total of 10 tuition payments of $45.00 (due on the 1st of July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April). . Contact info: Billie jo Craig 936-203-2866, Address: 3214 Felton Springs Dr., Spring, TX 77386. billiejocr@yahoo.com

Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2019-April 2020); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month; 3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2019). No refunds given after July 1.