WRITING AND LITERATURE CLASSES

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Literature and Writing - 1st-3rd Grade - Lori Kelley

Literature and Writing – 1st through 3rd Grade – Lori Kelley

Assessment to determine student readiness.

Class Description
Required time outside of class each week: approximately 30-45 minutes
daily
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 vocabulary, comprehension and a basic
understanding of literary elements. Students will also participate in a variety
of writing activities. They will be challenged to grow their sentences by
adding more descriptive words and complex ideas. Students will go through
the writing process, meaning they brainstorm what they want to write about,
organize their ideas and learn to freely communicate them in paragraph
form. They will also learn how to look back over their work to fix mistakes,
as well as, add details and pictures. The three kinds of writing we will
explore are opinion, narrative and informative writing. Homework each
week will include assigned reading, vocabulary and comprehension
questions. Students will also be asked to write a few informal journal
entries each week. When writing is a part of every day for a child, they
develop an understanding that reading, writing and speaking are connected
parts of language.
Materials needed: Students will be required to purchase a few children’s
books that will be approximately $5-$7 each. They will need access to a
dictionary, thesaurus and Bible.
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 fees will be collected 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 $25
curriculum fee will need to be added to your August and December
payments. You can choose to pay by semester, or by using 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 post dated checks,
please send 10 checks starting July 1, 2022 and going through April 1,
2023. All checks should be $40, except for July and December. These
checks should be $65 each. 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, TX 77316. Lori’s contact information is
thekelleys4@hotmail.com or 281-813-4763. She responds well through text
and email.
Literature will be set up on a three year rotation. This allows students to
take this class multiple times without repeating books or assignments.
Possible Book Selections: (NOT FINALIZED UNTIL MID SUMMER)
The Josefina Story Quilt
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
Stone Fox

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

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. Students will also participate in a fifteen-minute grammar
lesson each week.
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 $450 split into 10 payments of $45 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 postdated checks. If paying by
semester, the fall fee is $295 and spring fee is $205. This includes the
supply fee. If using checks, please send 10 checks starting on July 1, 2022
and going through April 1, 2023. Each check should be $45
except for August and December. These checks should be $70 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 2022-2023 will be: (not finalized until June and I will
only use three)
Number the Stars By: Lois Lowry
Shiloh By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Island of the Blue Dolphins By: Scott O’Dell

Creating Sentences- Grades 6th-8th - Lori Kelley

Creating Sentences- Grades 6th, 7th and 8th
Approximate Time Required Outside Class Each Week: 30-45 Minutes Daily

Creating Sentences Assessment Test – The Write Foundation
Class Description:
The Creating Sentences writing class is a sentence composition class designed for students who need extra help with sentence writing skills. Students will learn basic sentence composition and grammar skills using a variety of enjoyable topics and activities. We will cover common writing errors and equip your child for formal paragraph writing. Below is a list of topics we will touch on:
* Common writing errors: homonym confusion, proper and common noun confusion, apostrophes in possessives and contractions, run-on sentences and incomplete sentences
* construction of basic sentences and developing them into more interesting informative sentences
* improving sentence structure using basic grammar and figures of speech
* creative poetry writing to reinforce writing skills
* games to reinforce writing skills
Curriculum:
Available online from The Write Foundation. Go to https:// thewritefoundation.org and purchase the Creating Sentences Student Worksheets (Cost $20)
Supplies Needed:
The student will need one 2” 3 ring binder, 7 binder dividers with tabs, wide ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, pencils and pens, 5+ highlighters (pink, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple), a thesaurus, and a 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.
Tuition:
Tuition is $500 for the year, split into 10 payments of $50 (due July 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023) and a one-time $35 supply/copy fee due along with the July payment.
Payment Options:
Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023) The July check should be $85 to include the yearly supply fee.
Pay by semester (1st semester dated July 1, 2022, and 2nd semester dated December 1, 2022). No refunds will be given for canceling after July 1st. July check would be $285 and December check would be $250.
– Checks can be mailed to:
Lori Kelley
216 Skipper Jack Dr
Montgomery, TX 77316
*A late fee of $10.00 per class will be added for fees received after the 10th
of each month.*
If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach Mrs. Kelley at
thekelleys4@hotmail.com or by texting 281-813-4763

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

Class Description:

Assessment to determine student readiness.

Sentence to Paragraph Assessment Test – The Write Foundation


The Sentence to Paragraph Writing class is designed for the student who can write basic sentences and follow directions. This is a checklist-based class. 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. Worksheets cost $20 + tax & shipping.

Supplies Needed:
The student will need one 2” or 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), a thesaurus, and a 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 15 minutes per week. The expected time outside of class each week needed for preparation and homework is about 3 hours.

Tuition:
Tuition is $500 for the year, split into 10 payments of $50 (due July 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023) and a one-time $35 supply/copy fee due along with the July payment. So, an $85 first-time payment just for July. The July payment holds your child’s spot in my class and will also cover the first week of May 2023. 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 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023)
Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month
Electronic Payment through Zelle, Venmo, PayPal, or Cash App
Pay for an entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, 2022, and 2nd semester dated December 1, 2022). No refunds will be given for canceling the class after July 1st.

– Checks can be mailed to my home address

– Payments are due by the 10th of the 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, and you will not be charged the late fee.

*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

Must have passed Sentence Writing or take online assessment to register.

Please do not help students with the assessment and forward results (or add my name) to my email.

Paragraph Assessment Test – The Write Foundation

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. I

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, 2022 (first tuition payment). The class is $500 for the year. 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 2022-April 2023; 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, 2022). No refunds given after July 1.

 

Intro to Literature - Billie Jo Craig

Introduction to Literature -8th-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.   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 supply fee of $20.00

Required Booklist

White Fang – all editions,  , 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, The Hobbit.

To register, please fill out the Training Center Class Registration form and mail it along with your $50.00 and $20.00 printing fee ($70.00) payment dated July 1, 2022.  One year is $500.00 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).  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 2022-April 2023); 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, 2022).  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

If you have not been approved for Essay, please have students take the assessment with no help from anyone else.

Essay Assessment Test – The Write Foundation

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:  Call of the Wild, Silas Marner, and  The Scarlett Pimpernel.

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, 2022 (first tuition payment). One- year tuition is  $500. 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 2022-April 2023); 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, 2022). No refunds for canceling after July 1.

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

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework varies depending on reading speed.  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.

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.

Final Book list to be Announced by July 1.

  To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $50.00 payment dated July 1, 2022 (first tuition payment). Tuition for the year is $500. 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). Must turn in 10 monthly post-dated $50 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 2022-April 2023); 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, 2022). No refunds for canceling after July 1.