Middle School English

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English A

Full year

Teacher:  Jenn Totaro

Recommended Grade Level:  5-7

Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 11 am ET

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials: TBA

Description:  The first in our four-year English series for middle school students, English A is a comprehensive course that will cover basic grammar, the foundations of writing, and literature from the time period of the Ancients, including Greek mythology and Aesop’s fables. This well-rounded course will introduce

foundations of good writing and beginning stylistic techniques. Using exciting literature of the time period, we will delve into literary analysis, as well as get our feet wet in the ancient writings that still influence our culture today. Through online assessments, writing, discussion and projects, your student will experience a full year of English that can stand alone but also pairs well with The Mystery of History I. Due to the interactive nature of this course, a microphone is required and a camera is strongly recommended for all students.

 

English B

Full year

Teacher:  Jenn Totaro

Recommended Grade Level:  5-7

Day and Time:  Wednesdays at 9 am ET

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials: TBA

Description:  English B is a comprehensive course that will cover grammar, foundations of writing, and literature from the time period of the Early Church and the Middle Ages. This well-rounded course will continue to develop foundations of good writing and beginning stylistic techniques, as introduced in English A. Using exciting literature of the time period, we will develop literary analysis skills, as well as considering some of the classic works of the Middle Ages. Through online assessments, writing, discussion and projects, your student will experience a full year of English that can stand alone but also pairs well with The Mystery of History II. English B is the second class in the middle school English series and will further develop the teachings of English A. English A is not a prerequisite to English B, though grade appropriate levels should be considered. Due to the interactive nature of this course, a microphone is required and a camera is strongly recommended for all students.

 

English C

Full year

Teacher:  Melissa Craig

Recommended Grade Level:  6-8

Day and Time: Tuesdays at 11 am ET

Prerequisites:English C or the equivalent. Students should have experience in writing 5 paragraph essays.

Course Materials:  

Tentative Texts Include:

World History Based Writing Lessons by IEW

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark

The Samurai’s Tale by Erik C. Haugaard

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant

Much Ado About Nothing for Kids by Lois Burdett

Description:  Have you always wanted to be a superhero? In this comprehensive English course, we will explore the myriad ways good English skills can help each of us become a superhero.  We will gain the super hero skills of time travel and empathy when we study literature. Literature choices will give students a feel for the Renaissance time period while helping them understand the basics of plot, characterization, and other literary devices. An introduction to Shakespeare will get students excited about learning more. We will achieve the super hero skills of strong, effectual communication through solid writing technique, grammar knowledge, and a growing vocabulary. This course can be taken as a stand-alone English class, but it also works nicely alongside The Mystery of History III.

 

English D

Full year

Teacher:  Melissa Craig

Recommended Grade Level:  6-8

Day and Time: Tuesdays at 1 pm ET

Prerequisites: English C or the equivalent. Students should have experience in writing 5 paragraph essays.

Course Materials:  Tentative Texts Include:

U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons by IEW

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jamison by Lois Lenski

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

Description:  Building on what is taught in English C, we will advance our English super hero skills. Literature choices will give students a feel for United States history while helping them understand the basics of plot and characterization. We will further boost and solidify the superhero skills of strong, effectual communication through solid writing technique, grammar knowledge, and a growing vocabulary.. This course can be taken as a stand-alone English course, but it also works nicely alongside an American history class.

 

Solidifying Foundations of Reading and Comprehension

One semester- fall only

Teacher:  Jenn Totaro

Recommended Grade Level:  6-8

Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 1 pm ET

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials:  No text required, list of materials to be provided (3 ring binder,

dividers, post-it notes, etc.)

Description:  In a world of instant, short-term entertainment and facts, the skills of focus and comprehension can be lost. Regardless of how little or much time your student spends on a screen or how much reading is enjoyed, comprehension is a skill that must be both taught and practiced. Though the primary focus of this class will be on reading comprehension, we will use a variety of tools to learn how to recognize and process the information that is provided to us through both visual (print and video) and auditory (audio books and lectures) sources. This class will utilize a wide range of reading assignments, practice activities, on-line assessments, and in-class discussions. This class is an ideal complement to full year English or Literature classes as the workload is supplemental, rather than intensive. Students will be expected to maintain a binder that will be added to throughout the semester and result in a thorough reference for their future studies.

 

Solidifying Foundations of Writing

One semester- spring only

Teacher:  Jenn Totaro

Recommended Grade Level:  6-8

Day and Time:  Tuesdays at 1 pm ET

Prerequisites:  None

Course Materials:  No text required, list of materials to be provided (3 ring binder,

dividers, post-it notes, etc.)

Description: Writing does not need to be the daunting, tortuous task so many students view it as. Whether due to gaps in their learning or the need of a review, this class will give students a simple, straight-forward approach to writing a solid essay. Beginning with a review of grammar and sentence structure, we will move on to well-written paragraphs and thesis statements. Utilizing the skills of outlines and rough drafts, the writing process will be taught in a thorough manner that makes sense and presents a “formula for writing.” Through online assessments, weekly writing assignments and in-class lectures and activities, by the end of class, students will gain a solid grasp of how to craft an organized, thorough essay that reflects their thoughts in a clear, concise manner. Students will be compiling and maintaining a binder throughout class that will serve as a reference both for this class and future writing endeavors.

 

Additional English-type courses are listed under MS Electives.

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The Academy at Bright Ideas Press offers middle school and high school courses for Christian homeschooling families to either supplement or replace their current curriculum. Families will be able to choose from a wide variety of course offerings offered either as live, online classes or as self-paced, asynchronous classes.


These options will meet the needs of all types of students, from those who enjoy learning under a teacher while interacting with other students, to those who prefer to learn more independently at their own pace. Taught from a Christian worldview, our classes will encourage students to develop excellent independent study skills which will benefit them both in college and in life.

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