WRITING AND LITERATURE CLASSES

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Literature and Writing - 4th-6th Grade - Lori Kelley

4th-6th Grade Literature and Writing

Class Description

Required time outside of class each week: approximately 3 hours (45 minutes each day)

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 various literary elements. Students will develop writing and speech communication skills through a variety of reader’s response questions and reports that they will complete and share in class. Students will also be guided through the basic steps for writing a successful three paragraph essay.

Homework will include assigned reading, vocabulary, and comprehension questions each week. There may be times when students are asked to finish up a writing assignment at home. For example, they may be asked to edit, revise, and type an in class writing assignment. Each book that we read will also have a small project to enhance learning.

Materials needed: Students will be required to purchase three novels at approximately $5-$7 each. They will need access to a dictionary, thesaurus and Bible. They  may also need supervised access to the internet at times. Students will be provided with a binder at the beginning of the year. The binder will include all of the curriculum needed for this class. In order to receive this binder with all of the printed curriculum, there will be a curriculum fee of $25 each semester. The fee will be due on August 1st and December 1st.

Class tuition is $400 split into 10 payments of $40 each. These payments begin in the month of July and continue through the month of April. The curriculum fee of $25 is also due in August and December. You may choose to pay by semester or with 10 post dated checks. If paying by semester, the fall fee is $265 and spring fee is $185. This includes the supply fee. If using checks, please send 10 checks starting on July 1, 2020 and going through April 1, 2021. Each check should be $40 except for August and December. These checks should be $65 each. The checks will be cashed at the beginning of each month.

Mail Class Registration Forms and tuition payments to: Lori Kelley 216 Skipper Jack DR. Montgomery, Texas 77316. Lori’s contact information is thekelleys4@hotmail.com or 281-813-4763. She responds well through texts and emails.

Literature will be set up on a three year cycle so that returning students can continue to take this class without repeating books or assignments.

Tentative Books for 2020-2021 will be: (not finalized until June and I will only use three)

Little House on the Prairie By: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Because of Winn Dixie By: Kate Dicamillo

Bud, Not Buddy By: Christopher Paul Curtis

The Sign of the Beaver By: Elizabeth George Speare

Charlotte’s Web By: E.B. White

 

 

Sentence to Paragraph - Grades 7th-8th- Heidi Webb

Class Description:
The Sentence to Paragraph Writing class is designed for the student who can write basic sentences 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. There is also creative poetry incorporated into each lesson. It is recommended that all homework be typed; however, it is not required until the second semester.
Curriculum:
Available online from The Write Foundation. Go to https://thewritefoundation.org/sentence-to-paragraph-level-1/ to purchase the student worksheets.
Supply List:
The student will need one 3″ 3 ring binder, 7 binder dividers with tabs, college ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, pencils and pens, 5+ highlighters (pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple), thesaurus, and dictionary.
While this is not a literature course, a reading list will be provided either to be read independently or as a family at home. Reading books will count as an assignment grade worth 48 points for each semester. There will be no tests given in this class.
Class time:
1 hour and 25 minutes per week. Expected time outside of class each week needed for preparation and homework is about 3 hours.
Cost of class:
Tuition is $450 for the year, split into 10 payments of $45 (due July 1, 2020 – April 1, 2021) and a one time $25 supply/copy fee due along with the July payment. So a $70 first time payment. To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your first tuition payment.
Payment options:
Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2020 – April 2021)
Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month
Electronic Payment through Zelle or PayPal
Pay for an entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, 2020, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2020). No refunds for canceling after July 1st.
– Checks can be mailed to my home address.
– I usually cash checks on the third of each month. If you need me to hold on to a check and wait to deposit it on a certain day, I can certainly do that. Please just let me know.

*A late fee of $10.00 per class will be added for fees received after the 10th of each month.*

Contact Information:
Heidi Webb
Cell: 936-446-6627
Email: heimwebb@gmail.com
Mailing Address: 9613 Crystal Springs Drive, Conroe, TX 77303

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

Basic Paragraph Writing – 8-10th grade- 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, 2020 (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 2020-April 2021); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month; 3) Pay for the entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2020). No refunds given after July 1.

 

Intro to Literature - Billie Jo Craig

Introduction to Literature -9-12th grade

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 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. We will also work on grammar using Easy Grammar Plus.

Supplies and Fees: 3 Ring Binder, notebook paper, pens, pencils, red pen, highlighters (a couple of 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 edition, 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 booklist will be final by July 1.

White Fang – all editions,  Epic of Gilgamesh, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar – any edition (I highly recommend a side by side No Fear edition),  The Importance of Being Earnest, The Prince and the Pauper, Great Expectations, Robinson Crusoe.

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, 2020. 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 2020-April 2021); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month;   3) Pay for the entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2020).  No refunds given after July 1.

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

Essay Writing – completion of basic paragraph writing or evaluation– 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 one basic research paper. The last six weeks are spent mastering timed essays to prepare them for college tests and entrance exams. If you would like to determine readiness for this class, please email Billie jo Craig directly for instructions.

A reading program will in added. The following books will be required: The Book of Job, Call of the Wild, Silas Marner, Scarlett Pimpernel, The Merchant of Venice.

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, 2020 (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 2020-April 2021); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month; 3) Pay for the entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2020). No refunds for canceling after July 1.

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

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

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework varies depending on reading speed. The average will be 4 – 5 hours per week.

Students will use Smarr Publisher study guides to read classics. We will read works in their entirety from various time periods of British History, and learn to write about the works. 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 of colors) Study guides will then be printed out at home, as needed. All books are easy to find or borrow.

I MAY TAKE SOME OF THESE BOOKS OUT. FINAL LIST WILL BE MADE BY JULY 1.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf, Utopia, Othello, She Stoops to Conquer, A Christmas Carol, Alexander Pope, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Arms and the Man.

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $45.00 payment dated July 1, 2020 (first tuition payment). 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). Must turn in 10 monthly post-dated $45 tuition checks. 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 2020-April 2021); 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, 2020). No refunds for canceling after July 1.