Full Year Course
Average 9th-10th graders, but based on ability more than age or grade.
One High School English Credit
Must take placement test if you are new to Webworks. It is sent once registration is completed. If we cannot place your student then you will be refunded all but $10.00. This covers the cost of office and evaluation of placement test.
Click here to watch a sample of this class. (New teacher this year)
Diagnostic Test for Placement. Some knowledge of the Institute for Excellence in Writing Style Techniques would be helpful. A solid background in grammar is essential.
This is an advanced course in grammar and diagramming designed for students with a strong background in grammar. We will work on functional shifts, subordination and coordination and heavy sentence analysis.
Sentence analysis will begin with phrases and clauses, assuming a working knowledge of all eight parts of speech and their function within a sentence. Students will analyze through parsing, diagramming, and identifying parts of speech; multiple concepts will be covered on quizzes and tests, so where in earlier levels, a quiz might only include gerund phrases as those are studied, these quizzes would cover different phrases and clauses in a single sentence for analysis.
A strong work ethic will be necessary. Parents and students must commit to completing assignments on time and according to the parameters set by the tutor. We will also cover two literary pieces in great detail: The Odyssey and Great Expectations. Students will be exposed to an oral survey of selected World Literature authors and works as follows: First Quarter: Greek Literature, Second Quarter: Roman Literature, Third Quarter: Medieval Literature, Fourth Quarter: Modern Literature. These works will not be covered in any detail. The purpose of the tour is to develop an interest in further classical reading. Vocabulary will be directly related to the literature; students are required to create a glossary of fifty words and definitions per quarter from unfamiliar terms within their literary pieces. This will be checked quarterly when notebooks are graded.
Composition is also an integral part of the curriculum. Students will be taught and required to use a highly structured organizational method along with style techniques. They will practice these essays in multiple formats throughout the course. During the second semester, all students will write a research paper taught incrementally throughout the semester.
This is a challenging course, but it is not insurmountable. You may feel overwhelmed, but if you persevere with your child, the reward will be great. I also work with those that need extra help or adjustments. 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.
There are no extra fees for this course.
- The Odyssey, by Homer – ISBN 1411432835 (Barnes & Noble) ISBN-13: 9781411432833
- Homer’s The Odyssey Study Guide by Wanda Burdick
- Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens – ISBN 1593081162 (Barnes & Noble) ISBN-13: 9781593081164
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. ISBN 9781603290258 (Modern Language
Association of America)
- A good Grammar Handbook. We recommend but do not require the following.
English Guide to Grammar, Composition, and Logic, by Ruth Ann Frederick. To order go to www.overthebarinstruction.com
- 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 grew up in a wonderful Christian home in West Michigan, and had the honor of being homeschooled alongside my big, dynamic family. I truly came to know Christ around thirteen years of age, after one boring afternoon lead me to listen to a sermon on one of those old school cassette tapes. (A good reason to not clean out our closets too much, and what a wonderful result of boredom!) However, it was also within this same year that my previously healthy father was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that slowly paralyzes the muscles until death. I was on a mission’s trip in Mexico at the age of fifteen when he passed away, and my life was turned upside down. Looking back, I see how my struggles to live out my faith began around this time. However, it was during my college years that I truly struggled to live the life God calls His children to live, as the secular lifestyle become enticing and “easier”, yet incredibly destructive. But God truly revealed his amazing grace and mercy in my early twenties, and has been my solid foundation ever since! It is from these experiences that I truly value a firm foundation in the word of God during these high school years, equipping the next generation to go forth.
About two years ago I married my husband Kiel, who I met volunteering at a homeless shelter of all places. (He still currently works for Degage Ministries) We had our first child this May, and excited to journey this new chapter of our lives together.
I graduated from Grand Valley State University the spring of 2012, where I studied education and earned a bachelors degree in English, Language Arts. I have a passion for reading and writing about literature, and to do this through the lens of a Biblical Worldview. I strive to see students develop critical thinking skills that foster engaged learning, persuasive writing, and to prepare them for what they will experience in college.