Eastside Academic Studies

 

Middle School English

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Teacher: Dana Spears
Date/Time: Thursday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Room: 260/262
Departments: Language Arts - High School, Middle/Elementary
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

This course in middle school English focuses on the study of themes and genres in literature through a Christian world-view lens. This class will examine classic novels, short stories, speeches, and poetry that make up our North American heritage. Additionally, students will explore the masterful language William Shakespeare and other authors who formed the foundation of modern literature in English. Students will learn and study literary elements and stylistic techniques and understand how they are used to produce great works of fiction and nonfiction. Their reading will form the basis for literary exploration, analysis, and writing. Students will learn and study literary elements and stylistic techniques and understand how they are used to produce great works of fiction and nonfiction. They will also learn strategies for comprehending literature, utilizing this knowledge to analyze a variety of texts, and most importantly, how to apply this knowledge to their own writing. All writing assignments can be rewritten for additional credit. Expectations will vary by grade level.

A large focus of this class is mastery of the essay, which is achieved through thorough examination of masterful writers and the study of the basic elements of grammar.  Students will be given detailed edits and can raise their writing grades by correcting their essays. Students will explore a large array of essay styles, including journalistic writing, historical fiction, compare and contrast essays, drama review, and humorous short-stories. Students will finish the year by writing a simple research paper, and learning outlining, research, and formatting skills. 

READING:

Selections from "Twelfth Night"  by William Shakespeare (Can be read online.)

— Course includes a field trip to Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern to see a play**

Novels: (Parents purchase these texts:)

"Anne of Green Gables" by L. M. Montgomery OR "Brighty of the Grand Canyon" by Marguerite Henry (summer reading - student choice)

"Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

"Cheaper by the Dozen" by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (not associated with the modern movie)

Grammar and Writing:

Workbook provided. Cost included in materials fee.


Tuition: $280 for fall semester. $350 for spring semester. OR (5% discount) $600 for the year. Late fee additional $5 per week.

One-time materials fee: $50

** Dates for Shakespeare Tavern Homeschool/Education Days not released as of this printing.

 
 
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