This class is a two-year cycle. Alternating between Year A, which uses books that focus on the Renaissance and Reformation, and Year B, which uses books that focus on American history, this comprehensive English course will explore the myriad ways good English skills can help each of us become a superhero. Students who take this class for two consecutive years will have a strong foundation in the necessary writing, grammar, and literature skills for starting high school. It does NOT matter which year the student takes first, Year A or Year B.
In each year of this course, we will gain and build the super hero skills of time travel and empathy when we study literature. Our discussions of literature choices based on different time periods will help students understand the basics of plot, characterization, and other literary devices. We will achieve the super hero skills of strong, effectual communication through solid writing technique, grammar knowledge, and a growing vocabulary. In our writing, we will use a process that teaches varied sentence structure and infuses grammar knowledge to help students find their voice and write articulately. Checklists of required elements in each paper along with lists of “banned” words that students aren’t allowed to use, will help students stretch their writing skills and create proficient communicators who enjoy communicating.
We will use the IEW writing book that corresponds with the period we’re studying. Students will be graded according to their ability.
World History-Based Writing Lessons by IEW ISBN: 978-1-62341-271-5
Fix It! Grammar Student Book 3: Frog Prince, or Just Deserts (Grades 6-12) The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
The Captive by Scott O’Dell
The Samurai’s Tale by Erik C. Haugaard
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Young Scholar’s Guide to Poetry by Melissa E. Craig and Maggie Hogan
Students taking this course for the first time will use Fix It! Grammar Student Book 3: Frog Prince, or Just Deserts (Grades 6-12)
Students taking this course for the second time will progress to Fix It! Grammar Student Book 4: Little Mermaid (Grades 6-12)
This course can be taken as a stand-alone English class, but it also works nicely alongside our History classes. Year C coincides with History 2, which uses The Mystery of History III, and Year D coincides with History 3, an American history class.
From a parent: I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to both you and Mrs. Craig in teaching English. I did well in English in school, and even had a paper published in college (sample essay book). But for whatever reason, my ability to teach it just wasn’t there. By having you teach it, I am now able to coach and cheer, a role I am enjoying just as much. Thank you so much!
Thank you so so so so much for having us do this library visit! It has given me some wonderful tools to use in the future when I go to college!
I appreciate that so much! Thank you for helping me to achieve such success in English and writing. I have never had an English teacher who took me this far in my journey as a writer, and I cannot thank you enough for how much you have helped me grow. Sadly, I believe this is the first and last class I will have with you. I will still be taking online classes, but they will be in different subjects. However, what you have taught me will always be at the forefront of my mind whatever future English-related assignments come up. Again, thank you for an amazing year; it means so much to me!
Thank you more than words can say for encouraging Rachel (and me) to keep going with writing and for providing such great tools and resources to help along the way (I am hooked on Google Docs and even started working with Sheets, too). 🙂 It was awesome to see Rachel gain skills and confidence in her writing. Thank you!! Those two little words don’t seem nearly enough, but please know they are filled with a heart full of gratitude.
My English professor got me an internship with University Relations, so I’m staying in Oklahoma over the summer. I’m loving my job: I get to write content for the OKWU website (promoting majors with new content and career research, writing features articles), update their graphic design, and edit the president’s grammar. It’s totally right up my alley, and I’m using the inverted pyramid almost every day. (Who woulda thunk?) Just wanted to once again express my gratitude for your help in igniting this fire for language and writing and editing. 🙂
On a side note, as he has been doing the grammar exercises you’ve assigned in the SRN, I’ve noticed less punctuation errors in his papers. Very thankful for that and for your class in general. Luke enjoys it, and I’m seeing a lot of growth in his writing.
They have both benefited from your teaching more than you’ll ever know. I have seen an incredible amount of growth in both of them! – Mom of two teens in different BIP English classes
Listening to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” during Advent has been such a blessing. I had never read it! On my! What a beautiful book! Austin has enjoyed it too.
Thank you so much for class this semester Mrs. Anderson. I have learned so much about academic writing. I am so grateful for you.