Full Year Course
Average 8th graders, but based on ability more than age or grade.
Must take placement test if you are new to Webworks. It is sent once regitration is completed. If we ca not place your student then you will be refiunded all but $10.00. This covers the cost of office and evaluation of placement test.
What Others Say:
Ruth Ann, we think you are a WONDERFUL teacher, but more importantly, you bless our children with your love for our Lord and Savior. Thank you for guiding them in so many ways! When I asked Stephen about you, he said “Mom, Mrs. Fred pays so much attention to little details, but those are the things that always seem to end up being the most important in the end.” (Nebraska)
Our daughter, went from the bottom of her class, to one of Mrs. Fred’s top students, due to the investment that Mrs. Fred makes in each student. Long story short, after 1 week, I wanted to drop the course because my daughter didn’t understand most of what they were talking about. Mrs. Fred talked me into letting her work with her one on one. Now, 3 years later, she is one of her top students out of the many classes she teaches. She writes for an on-line mag(Back to Homeschool), she loves writing for the NWACHEA News that Alisa A.’s class prints(NW AR Christian Home Educators Assoc.) and recently secured a writing position with the Cassville-Democrat Gazette (a local newspaper) writing two articles weekly on topics of their choosing, from a teen’s perspective. She’s also being considered for their Internship position, usually reserved for Jr & Sr’s in college.(Mati is in the 10th grade) The Lord has blessed Mati’s hard-work and Mrs. Fred’s investment that she makes in each and every student’s life. (Missouri)
Ruth Ann Frederick I prefer to be called “Ruth Ann.”
Email is my preferred medium for communication.
Understand that I am often in class and may need you to leave a message. If you do have my home number, I ask that you please not use it, as it tends to be loud and interrupt my classes. I can turn off my cell phone more easily than I can my home phone.
Diagnostic Test for Placement
English III will be an intermediate to advanced level class for middle school English grammar and composition. Its goal is proficiency and mastery in sentence structure and analysis, as well as complete understanding of parts of speech and sentence types, and usage of all eight parts of speech. Students will learn how to analyze sentences from three different perspectives: 1) what the words in the sentence ARE (part of speech), 2) what the words in the sentence DO (their function: subject, action or linking verb, direct object, etc., and 3) how the words in the sentence FIT together (diagramming). Students will be challenged to see grammar and diagramming as essential to good writing. This course is also concerned with proficiency and in many cases, mastery, in composition through teaching and coaching in organizational structures and style techniques. Students will write regularly, using material developed by this instructor and by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Research is introduced through a research paper taught incrementally throughout the second semester, after students have learned the elements of writing highly structured multi-paragraph essays. They will also read two novels, answering reading comprehension study guide questions on each as well as a significant amount of poetry with an emphasis on the technical aspects of rhyme, rhythm, and poetic devices; the goal is acquisition of literary analysis skills helpful for critical thinking and for college board examinations. Students may study vocabulary from classical roots throughout the year and incorporate vocabulary into their compositions; however, this part of the curriculum is optional.
This is a challenging course, but it is not insurmountable, and I am extremely flexible in customizing the program to meet your family’s needs. You may feel overwhelmed if you try to do the complete program. Some children will thrive doing every assignment; others will need adjustments. Grades will be recorded for quizzes, worksheets, tests, compositions, and notebooks, and it is your responsibility as the parent to see that these records are maintained. Note: While I am willing to adjust when necessary, I am less willing to compromise in this age group due to their need for full preparation for the high school academic environment. Where special needs exist, I am more than willing to work individually with parents on behalf of their students.
Before you read any further, please fully understand that you, the parent, will be expected to grade materials for which you will be provided answer keys. Your student needs immediate feedback on his/her work that cannot be provided with a two-week turnaround on returned papers. In addition, I need to be freed up to grade subjective work and aid you in maturing your child’s composition skills. If you are unwilling to do this, please DO NOT sign up for this class. Please also understand that I will be contacting you throughout the summer to help prepare you for a successful year and to collect fees due by August 1st.
There are no fees for this course.
The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare – ISBN 0395137195 (Houghton-Mifflin.) ISBN-13: 9780395137192
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien – ISBN 0618002219 (Houghton-Mifflin)
Any biography of Benjamin Franklin – a library copy will suffice. If your child is an especially good reader, you may consider his autobiography. Begin looking for this early, as they are not easy to find.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. ISBN 9781603290258 (Modern Language Association of America) Note: You may already have the sixth edition. I don’t mind your using it; however, you must be aware that there are some minor changes in documentation requirements in the new edition. You will likely need the newer one for your child in college anyway.
English Guide to Grammar, Composition, and Logic, by Ruth Ann Frederick (order directly from Mrs.Frederick) $30 - Go to www.overthebarinstruction.com
Virtual Binder – If you wish your child to do his work electronically, I have an electronic binder with all the worksheets already sorted into dividers for your student. The cost is $30, and you can send the check made out to Ruth Ann Frederick to the address above. You will receive a disk with instructions for uploading it. Do not order the virtual binder unless you are sure you have Microsoft OneNote. This binder is not a requirement, but if you do not use a virtual binder, the 3-ring binder in the supply list is mandatory. The virtual binder will save all the printing hassle and expense for worksheets throughout the year.
3-ring binder with 5 Big Tabs and 36 smaller tabs for each week of the school year.
notebook filler paper
pack of color pencils
I hold a B.S. in English Education with a minor in psychology and a drama concentration from Liberty University. I have been certified previously by the State of Virginia and the American Association of Church Schools, and have 18 CEU’s in computer application software. I also attended New Tribes Bible Institute and New Tribes Missions Institute in the late 1990s before we became missionaries in the training program with New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, MI. I have been blessed to serve our Savior through teaching English for over twenty-five years and count it a privilege to participate in this online program through HomeSchoolWorks. I’ve worked with Wanda for sixteen years through her Michigan based tutoring service initially and now online. Three of my four children are grown now, and two of them graduated through homeschool while the other earned her GED. We now have only one left at home, a ninth grader still in homeschool, and we love the life God has blessed us with. As our nest has nearly emptied, we look forward to the adventure God has in mind for us next.