Course Description: Recommended for 6th graders and above, and for students who have minimal writing experience. Students will read quality literature for enjoyment and as a catalyst for discussion and writing. We will focus on the writing process in a variety of formats including analytical, critique, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, research, and cause and effect. Grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, editing skills, and essay format will be practiced. These skills will be taught in a fun and relevant way so as not to make writing a labor but a pleasure. Students will read as a class as well as read novels of their own choosing. Students will participate in book discussions to improve communication skills and reading comprehension. Literary concepts and key elements will be taught. For each book, vocabulary words will be introduced, and students will write entries in a response journal throughout the year. All instruction and class discussion will be guided by our Christian worldview. It is necessary to strengthen that viewpoint, and therefore our abiding faith in God, by discussing themes and characters’ choices that may come in conflict with our position. Rest assured, our Heavenly Father is invited to every class and is the center of our discussions.
Novels may include: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (must be this edition: Prestwick House Literacy, Touchstone Classics, unabridged with glossary and notes); Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (Scholastic Press – Hardback); The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis; The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde (includes The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, The Remarkable Rocket & more); and plays provided by instructor. A list of novels and materials to be purchased will be provided prior to the beginning of the school year. Please do not purchase items until you receive the list as novels are subject to change. This class fills quickly! Please register immediately.
Instructor: Pamela Sperbeck, 804-852-7785, firstname.lastname@example.org (emailing preferred)
Tuition: $495 per year, payable $55 per month
Copy Fee: $75
Text: Spectrum Language Arts, Grade 7, paperback by Spectrum – August 15, 2014 ($9.45 on Amazon.com)
Class Minimum: 4 students
Class Maximum: 14 students