Writing, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking


Beginner Phonics/Reading/Writing - Instructor: Mrs. Olson - Grades K-1

This is a yearlong class for beginner readers and students who are just starting out or having trouble with early reading, spelling, and writing their letters.   We use a logical principal of phonics.  We will learn all the phonogram sounds. As the class learns the 70 phonogram sounds, weekly spelling tests will be given.  Some sentence writing and oral reading will take place.  This is for the beginning reading Kindergartener to "needing help" first grader.

Supplies needed for this class:

*Pencils/eraser

*One red colored pencil

*Two pocket folder that will hold worksheets for the year. Purchase from HERO for $3.00

*Dictation Learning Log: purchase from HERO for $7.00


Intermediate Phonics/ Reading/Writing - Instructor: Mrs. Olson - Grades 1-2

This yearlong class is a continuation of the Beginning Phonics course using some of the tools we learned and applying them in this class.  We will continue to focus on the 70 phonogram sounds. Depending on the class, we may start further on in the book for the weekly spelling tests. More sentence writing and oral reading will occur compared to the beginner class. This class is for the student who is reading, but needs more practice and help with phonics, and writing skills.

Supplies needed for this class:

*Pencils/eraser

*One red colored pencil

*Two pocket folder that will hold worksheets for the year. Purchase from HERO for $3.00

*Dictation Learning Log: purchase from HERO for $7.00


First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind - Instructor: Mrs. B. Westrup Grades 1

NOTE: This class will be part of the First Grade Tuesday morning class (8:30 - 11:30).

Using the classical approach to learning, the student will discover the rules and usage of the English language through four different tools: memory work, copying and dictation, narration and grammar.  The goals are to train the child's ear by allowing him to listen to correctly spoken language; to train the child's speech by practicing correctly spoken grammar; to train the child's attention by reading aloud and having him narrate back the content or story line using proper grammar; and to teach beginning skills in grammar, capitalization, punctuation and spelling.  At this level, exposure, not mastery, is the goal of the First Language Lessons. There will be a $5 copy fee. This fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Materials needed: pencil and a 1" 3-ring binder


The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar,  Level I (Grades 3-4) and Level I (Grades 5-and above)  
Instructors: Mrs. B. Westrup (grades 3-4) and TBD  (grades 5- and above)

The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar, Level I (Grades 5-and above) Mrs. Badger

The Logic of English program systematically teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, reading, spelling, writing, and sentence structure so that all students, including students with dyslexia, are not left to guess how to read or spell a word. Each element of written language is taught logically with phonograms or spelling rules and developing phonemic awareness through sound activities. In each lesson students learn how to analyze the logical reasons of how to spell words, and from the list of spelling words, students will then learn how to assemble words into phrases, simple sentences, and increasingly complex sentences.

Systematic grammar instruction ensures students understand how to assemble words into English sentences when writing. By systematically teaching usage, punctuation, parts of speech, common errors, etc. the students become not only better readers, but stronger writers as well. Each step of the way students are supported so that they master the material and are not left to guess.

Materials Needed:

The Logic of English Cursive Workbook, journal, phonogram cards, spiral bound 3 x 5 index cards, and folder. All may be purchased on the first day of class or at the open house.

Colored Pencils: red, yellow, green, pink, black, dark blue and light blue.


The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar, Level IIInstructors: Mrs. B. Westrup (grades 3-4) and TBD   (grades 5- and above)

The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar, Level II (Grades 6 and above) Instructor: Mrs. Badger

In the second year of The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar we will continue with part II of the book beginning with lesson 20 and working our way toward the end of the text. We will continue this systematic approach to teaching spelling and grammar as we study the remaining phonograms, difficult spelling words and more advanced grammar rules.

Materials Needed:

The Logic of English Cursive Workbook, phonogram cards, 3 x 5 index cards,

folder, and colored pencils (red, yellow, green, pink, black, dark blue and

light blue).

Prerequisite: 1 year of The Logic of English course to lesson 20.


Writer’s Workshop Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades (2-4)

This is a beginning writing class for writers that have had minimum interactions with the written word.  Students must be able to read and write words to enroll in this class. 

Writing is a God-given means of communication that takes practice to master.  Students must engage in writing to learn how to write.  In this beginning writer’s workshop, new writers will embark upon their journey into the world of the written language.  As writers, we will brainstorm, write, and edit lists, postcards, super sentences, poems, journals, and more. 

Our weekly class structure will include a mini lesson, writing time, editing time, and individual or small group teacher conferencing time.  Guided lessons are provided to help the student learn a process that will help them write strong, cohesive sentences and eventually combine those sentences to create paragraphs, stories, reports, and so on.  These lessons will include topics such as grammar, sentence structure, and the writing process itself.

The majority of the class period will be reserved for individual student writing time.  During this time, students will have the opportunity for individual or small group teacher conferencing.  We will also set aside a portion of time to focus on editing & sharing.

The major goal of this class will be to lay a foundation for writing by providing instruction in the writing process, giving students time to practice, and guiding them as they apply what they are learning.  It is my hope that students will leave this class with a newly developed confidence in their own writing abilities and a desire to continue to creatively explore the world of writing.

Textbook:  Writing Skills, Book A plus there is a teacher supplement/folder that is required and will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore. 


Jump Into Writing - Instructor: Mrs. Flatten - Grades 7-10

Course Text: Jump In:  A Workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers

Course Instructor: Beth Flatten     Email:   beth@northhavenchurch.org    Phone:  (651)226-8172

Course Description: This class is designed to help both types of Jr. High Students; students who like to write or those who are insecure in their writing abilities.  The curriculum will enable all students to learn a concrete system to write all types of writing assignments. The textbook Jump Into Writing: A workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers contains short, workable exercises, incremental daily lessons, and non-threatening word counts that will help students to write opinions, persuasive papers, and many types of expository papers, descriptions, narration, and poetry

Supplies needed for this course:   Bring these materials to class each Monday

  • Textbook Jump In:  A workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers by Sharon Watson
  • Three ring binder with loose paper or a notebook with folder
  • Pencils and erasers

Grading Information and Guidelines for Success:

You will receive a percentage for the class.  Each semester will be 60 hours of work (in class and homework assignments).

20%   Class participation and completed book assignments Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, being prepared for class with their materials ready, participating in classroom discussions, completing class work and having good attendance.

80%   Papers Students must complete assignments on-time – if you’re absent, your homework assignment is due the following week or it’s considered late and may not receive full credit.  Assignments are given out in small increments.  So if you miss a few, you’ll get behind!  Papers written will be graded for content, not just mechanics.


Spelling/Reading/Dictation: - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 2-3

In this class we will be using Susan C. Anthony's curriculum.  This class will focus on a weekly spelling test, weekly dictation and weekly homophones worksheets and /or class activities.  There are inconsistencies in our English language, so the introduction and teaching of homophones will assist each student in their development of spelling words accurately!


Grammar 101: Instructor - Mrs. B. Westrup - Grades 4-6

Grammar 101 will use “Operation: English Grammar - Spying Out Parts of Speech, Sentences, & Punctuation”.  We will complete activities that build students’ listening, reading and comprehension skills.  Each core concept will be introduced and the children will complete a hands-on activity to help retain the information.  Throughout the year, we will create a lap book with our weekly classroom projects.  Related books, songs and daily grams will be used to reinforce concepts. 


Basic Grammar 4/5 - Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 4-5

This class will be anything but basic!  We will be working “outside the text” as we develop our grammar skills.  Throughout our study, we will build and interactive grammar notebook that can serve as a supplementary resource for other classes in years to come.

During each lesson, a new grammar concept will be presented.  The students will develop and demonstrate their understanding by participating in games, identifying grammar parts in writing, composing and dissecting sentences, and, of course, creating their own interactive notebook.

There is no text for this class.  A teacher supplement/folder is required and can be purchased through the HERO bookstore.


Voyages in English Grammar - Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 6-7

This is a grammar class for middle school.  We will study the basics of grammar as we add to the repertoire of knowledge we have accumulated to now.  Students will work from the text, Voyages in English 6, to identify the eight parts of speech and the role they play in sentence structure.  We will study punctuation and capitalization rules and learn to use them properly to compose writing projects that are well-defined.  We will also carve out a small chunk of time each week to work with different groups of homonyms to help students avoid common misuse mistakes.

Mastery of the concepts will be measured through the student’s success on homework assignments, journal entries, and in-class participation.
We will be working out of the textbook:  Voyages in English 6 by Loyola Press.  We will be using the edition copyrighted 2006.  A teacher supplement/folder is required for the class.  Both items will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.  


Got Grammar, Level I - Instructor:  Ms.  Stacie Zens- Grades 6-8

Do your students struggle with grammar? Do they get hung up on participles that dangle or find adverbs are the adversary? Students that need to brush up on the basics and dig into the foundations of language will find this course very useful. The Got Grammar? text provides exercises and practice with each grammar concept. This class will cover half of the text; Got Grammar? Level 2 will use the second half of the text. The composition portion of the class will consist of creative writing exercises and a short research paper. 

Supplies: Textbook - Got Grammar? by Jack Umstatter 978-0-7879-9387-0. Three ring one inch binder and notebook paper. Pencil. 

Grading: Scores will be based on homework, tests, papers, and class participation.


Got Grammar, Level  II - instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 8-12

 Got Grammar II is a basic grammar and composition class. 

Got Grammar is written in plain language, with some activities and exercises to reinforce learning.  This course will cover the entire book and move faster than Got Grammar I.

The composition portion will consist of creative writing exercises, a written and oral book report, a creative project, and a five-page research paper.

TEXTBOOKS: Got Grammar             by Jack Umstatter                   978-0-7879-9387-0

Got Grammar II Homework Guide                Available in the HERO Bookstore


Simply Grammar - Instructor: Mrs. D. Wong - Grades 7-12

This is a one semester course being offered second semester.  It is a basic high school grammar class with the goal of teaching the parts of speech, parts of a sentence and punctuation.  Since there are no writing assignments, it is a recommended that the student take an additional writing course.

Textbook:  Grammar: Grades 9-10  2009  Kelley Wingate Publication   ISBN 9780887245015


Grammar & Writing I - Instructor: Mrs. Berglund - Grades 7-10

This intermediate course focuses heavily on honing grammar skills, which are essential for formal and informal written and oral communication.  Students will receive clear explanation of traditional grammar, with an in-depth study of the eight parts of speech.  Our text is Abeka Grammar and Composition I, fifth edition, a traditional grammar and writing work-text that emphasizes the fundamentals of grammar while it develops the student's ability to think analytically and to write clearly and effectively.  The book also includes a section on composition, with units on manuscript form, the writing process, the library, making an outline, the paragraph, summaries, book reports, writing descriptions and improving writing styles.  The text offers a section on writing a research paper the students may use for future reference, but we will not be doing a research paper in class.

NOTE: The library unit will require students to do online research.


Grammar & Composition II - Instructor Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12

Grammar and Composition II is a traditional grammar and writing class.  There is an emphasis placed on the fundamentals of grammar and clear and effective writing.  The composition portion will consist of a written and oral book report, a creative project, and a five-page research paper.

TEXTBOOKS: Grammar and Composition II. Abeka Publishing.    #138258

Grammar and Composition II Homework Guide       Available in the HERO Bookstore


One-Hour Private Tutoring Sessions For children who struggle with reading, spelling, and writing because of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.  - Barbara McGreal and Julie Powaser

 Your child will receive one-on-one instruction using the Barton Reading and Spelling System specifically designed for students who struggle with reading and spelling. A 2-hour instruction time–one hour on Monday and one hour on Tuesday—is strongly recommended. Julie Powaser is a Certified Barton Instructor and Dyslexia Screener with 5 years experience working with children with dyslexia. Barbara McGreal holds a BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading and has been instructing students with dyslexia using the Barton Reading and Spelling System for 3 years. Contact Mrs. Powaser at 763-464-1990 or email at powaserj@yahoo.com. Contact Mrs. McGreal at 651-645-6839 or email at tambam@usfamily.net for scheduling and/or more information on the tutoring sessions. Cost is $25 per hour or $400 per semester. 


The Essentials of Early Writing With Heroes From the  Bible -  Instructor: Mrs. R. Wahlberg - Grades 2-4

In the Essentials of Early Writing with Heroes from the Bible,  your child will write exciting stories, reports, and creative essays using true stories of great men and women of the Bible. They will also enjoy a variety of activities and games that will help them write with style. You will be amazed at how much fun your elementary student can have learning to write! This is a full year course. Most of the activities will be done in class with the teacher, but because the class meets weekly, additional work may need to be finished at home with a parents help.

Important: Primary age students vary widely in their ability to print. If your child finds printing tedious, begin by allowing them to dictate everything to a parent or older sibling, who can write and type it. Over time they can be encouraged to write a little more on their own.

Materials needed: Workbook: Bible Heroes Writing Lessons  (for sale at HERO), and pencil.


Beginning Essentials in Writing - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 3-5

Beginning Essentials in Writing is a writing course I have been teaching for several years.  It is a writing curriculum that is very demanding and repetitive but it will improve your child's writing skills.  Students will become confident and competent in several forms of writing which include outlines, summarizing narrative stories, writing from pictures, creative writing and formal critiques.  


Intermediate Essentials in Writing  - Instructor Mrs. Harris (elementary) Grades 4-6

Intermediate Essentials in Writing is a continuation of Beginning Essentials in Writing.  Students who wish to perfect their written communication skills and demonstrate knowledge of advanced writing skills.   Students will use writing techniques of the "l" quality adjective, strong verb, who/which and when, where, while.  We will review words used to open up a sentence more effectively.  We will also focus on literary/figurative writing. 


The Essentials of Writing Level I  - Instructor: Mrs. B. McGreal - Grades 6-8

The Essentials of Writing course will expose students to a variety of writing and provide opportunities to improve their writing skills.  The course will cover both fiction and non-fiction writing from narrative stores to a formal essay.  While no one can make anyone a better writing, The Essentials of Writing course will provide students valuable and useful information to help them write better. 

Students should come into this class with knowledge of the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure.  Homework is given at the end of each class session.  It is expected that student work on their assignment 20-30 minutes daily between classes. 

Parents are expected to participate in the homework process by proofreading their students writing assignments.

Materials needed: A 3-ring binder with prepared tabs and worksheets must be purchased for $20.00 from the HERO bookstore.  Each week students need to bring college ruled paper, pencil/pen, thesaurus, and a dictionary. 


The Essentials of Writing Level I  - Instructor: Mrs. B. McGreal - Grades 9-12

The Essentials of Writing course will expose students to a variety of writing and provide opportunities to improve their writing skills.  The course will cover both fiction and non-fiction writing from narrative stores to a formal essay.  While no one can make anyone a better writing, The Essentials of Writing course will provide students valuable and useful information to help them write better.

Students should come into this class with knowledge of the eight parts of speech and basic sentence structure.  Homework is given at the end of each class session.  It is expected that students work on their assignment 20-30 minutes daily between classes.

Parents are expected to participate in the homework process by proofreading their students writing assignment.

Materials needed: A 3-ring binder with prepared tabs and worksheets must be purchased for $20.00 from the HERO bookstore.  Each week students need to bring college ruled paper, pencil/pen, thesaurus, and a dictionary. 


Writing for Publication - Instructor: Mrs. Rische

This class is geared toward students who have considerable experience in creative writing or who demonstrate unusual talent.  Assignments are paced so that manuscripts may be extensively developed.  Each student may write free verse poetry, short prose, drama, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


College Composition  101 - Instructor: Mrs. Berglund - Grades 9-12

This year long course will focus on mastering MLA and APA writing styles. We will work together through every step of creating well-written research papers, equipping the students for college writing. Researching, outlining, documentation, and organization of information are what will be covered. The student’s papers will be peer reviewed by one another as well as corrected by parents and by the teacher.  Students will be expected to communicate with one another and with the teacher via email throughout the week. Homework for this course will include trips to the public library.

Students will need to purchase a workbook from HERO, the most recent edition of the MLA handbook and Writing: The Bridge Between Us by Marcy McDonald, Popular Weasel Press, 2001.


College Composition - CLEP - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 10-12

College Composition includes writing skills taught in most first-year college classes.  It also includes the components required for the CLEP exam: essay writing and multiple choice.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school grammar/ composition class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for College Composition.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the year, the student will receive 6 college credits.  

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 

TEXTBOOK:

Faigley, Lester. Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond.  New York: Pearson Longman Publishing, 2010.  # 9780205648702

CLEP- College Composition Exams.  NJ; REA, 2011.  # 9780738608891

College Composition Study Guide                  Available in the HERO Bookstore

CONTENT:

 

First semester -Critical reading, various forms of writing, and basic grammar.
Second semester -Research papers and advanced grammar.


Beginning Literature: Instructor: Mrs. Beth Westrup

Beginning Literature contains great stories that are designed to encourage children to read.  This course will require independent reading at home of approximately 9 books throughout the year.  During class time, students will be discussing the books, working on expanding their vocabulary as well as focusing on basic literary terms.  We will tie in author study, map work and hands-on projects.  The goal is to encourage an enjoyment of literature and instill a lifelong love of reading.  A great beginner class to be followed by Boys Only and Girls Only Literature.  


Paddle to the Sea - Instructor: Mrs. Beth Westrup -  Grades 4-6

Using Holling Clancy Hollings award winning book Paddle-to-the-Sea, this class will focus on the history and geography of the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada.  Using a literature approach, children will explore concepts while traveling along with Paddle.  Mapping activities, large and small group as well as individual projects will expose students to Native American culture, natural resources, historic figures and economic development of this area.  Grab your paddle and come see what fun this class will be!


World War I/World War II (Wars) Unit Study (Formerly called Beginning Literature/Unit Study)  - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 4-6

What was going on in our world during 1914-1918 when WWI occurred?  What about the era of the later 30's and mid 40's when WWII happened?  What was life like during these times?  What ammunition, artillery and explosives were used?  With videos, teacher created worksheets, art projects, geographical maps, and library materials we will navigate our understanding of these world wars.  We explore and investigate distinct people and events that created history.


Literature and Art - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades K-1

This year long course will give children the opportunity to hear favorite picture books that will be read in a classroom environment.  Following each story, children will respond to the literature by cutting colorful construction paper and pasting interesting pattern pieces together to create a character (their new found friend!) from the story.   Painting is another medium we will work with periodically so children can design their favorite scene (setting) from the story.  Throughout the year, young listeners will experience the true joy of learning together with literature and art!


Foundations of Literature Class : Instructor: Mrs. Beth Westrup  - Grades 2-3

Foundations of Literature is intended to help students fall in love with reading and introduce basic literary terms and ideas.  Through comprehension and critical thinking questions, vocabulary development, skill-oriented activities and creative projects, the children will be introduced to a variety of authors and genres.  This course focuses on language arts activities and early writing skills.  Students will enjoy a variety of literature, meet authors and illustrators and participate in both large group and individual activities.  We will cover well-known favorites, cultural themes, a variety of holiday and seasonal works.  


Reading Comprehension/Vocabulary Expansion (formerly called Literature and Vocabulary) - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 5-7

This year long course will focus on some of the classics of literature.  This is a two-fold (actually three!) class.  Students will develop their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary expansion skills.  Students may choose to read the abridged (shortened) version or unabridged (not shortened) version of each classic. Through comprehension questions, the students will weekly be responsible to provide short answers based upon the chapters assigned. The comprehension questions will focus on chapter themes, characters and their roles, setting, descriptive details, and a moral/lesson (if applicable).  Although the comprehension questions are based from the series titled: The Great Illustrated Classics, as mentioned before, a different version of the story may be used.  In which case, a weekly summary of the assigned chapters will be required. Emphasis on vocabulary roots will be examined the entire year.  Students will be responsible for vocabulary assignments and weekly quizzes/tests. Vocabulary enrichment  ideas may include collages, multiple meaning cards ad linear arrays, etc. The booklist for 2015-2016 is listed below. 
First Semester:  Great Illustrated Classis Series: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Robin Hood and Moby Dick

Second Semester: Great Illustrated Classic Series: Around the World in Eighty Days, The Swiss Family Robinson, and The Red Badge of Courage.

**A Reading schedule and Vocabulary Test schedule will be available at the H.E.R.O. Open House. Join us as we read the Classics!


Boys Only Literature  - Instructor: Mrs. L. Adams - Grades 4-6

This literature class was created to tap into the imaginations of boys and foster a lifelong love for literature.  It is built around a variety of quality novels geared toward tween boys and their interests.  Students will be expected to read at home and come prepared to interact with the story.  We will expand our comprehension while studying different elements of literature and link our understanding with fun projects designed especially for the boys.  The primary focus of the class is to create interest in reading and encourage imagination.

 The first novel we will cover is Hatchet by Gary Paulson.  A complete list of novels will be available at open house.

A teacher supplement/folder is required and can be purchased through the HERO bookstore.   


Intermediate Boys Only Literature- Instructor: Mrs. Maring - Grades 7-9  2016-2017

In this literature class students will be reading novels and short stories that are geared for boys and their interests.  Literary concepts such as plot, point of view, character, etc. will be covered.  There will be a mixture of hands-on projects and written coursework that will make the literature come alive for the students.  Books that we will read are listed below.   They are responsible for getting these books throughout the year.

- Nick of Time

- White Fang

- The Hobbit

- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

- Rifles for Watie

- Heart of Samurai

- Chains (seeds of America #1)

- Banner in the Sky


Girls  Only Literature - Instructor: Mrs. B Westrup - Grades 4-6

Course Description Girls Only Literature 2016-17

Girls Only Literature contains great stories that are designed to encourage girls to read.  This course will require independent reading at home of approximately nine books throughout the year.  During class time, the ladies will be discussing the books, working on expanding their vocabulary as well as focusing on basic literary terms.  We will tie in author study, map work and hands-on projects.  The goal is to encourage an enjoyment of literature and instill a lifelong love of reading.  
Books range from older classics, such as Little House on the Prairie and Pollyanna, .to current favorites such as Esperanza Rising & The Birchbark House.

2016-2017 Reading List:

Caddie Woodlawn    Carol Ryrie Brinker

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM    Robert C. O’Brien 

Little House on the Prairie     Laura Ingalls Wilder 

The Secret of the Old Clock (#1 Nancy Drew Mystery Stories)     Carolyn Keene 

The Birchbark House     Louise Erdrich 

Miracles on Maple Hill     Virginia Sorensen 

Pollyanna     Eleanor H. Porter           

Esperanza Rising     Pam Munoz Ryan 

Lyddie     Katherine Patterson


Girls Only Literature - Instructor Mrs. Wong - Grades 7-9

Girls Only Literature contains great stories which appeal to girls and introduces them to world-renown authors and books.  Students will be required to read approximately 9 books a year.

Works range from older classics such as Little Women and Heidi to current favorites such as Island of the Blue Dolphin and Red Scarf Girl.


Historical Fiction Literature - Instructor: Mrs. Adams - Grades 4-6

In this literature class we will explore the genre of historical fiction.  Historical fiction presents a story set in the past.  Often these stories are set during a significant time period.  This period is an important part of the setting and, in many cases, of the story itself.  We have chosen a variety of novels spanning 1492 to the near present.  Students will be expected to read at home and come prepared to participate in activities that will enhance their experience with the story.  We will build comprehension while studying different elements of literature, and we will make connections with the story and historical periods using activities that will bring the stories to life.

The first novel we will cover is: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli.  The second novel will be:  Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad.  A complete list of novels will be available at open house.


Intermediate Girls Only Literature - Instructor Mrs. Wong - Grades 7-9

Intermediate Classic Girls Only Literature is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of quality literature.  It includes old classic works, such as Heidi and Black Beauty, to newer favorites, such as Red Scarf Girl and Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Student will be expected to read approximately one book a month.

TEXTBOOK: Intermediate Classic Girls Only Literature Homework Guide           Available in the HERO bookstore

Numerous books will be required during class at some point in the year.  Parents are encouraged to find used or borrowed copies of the titles.  Please acquire the book before the student needs it in class, so they do not miss any assignments.  It will be difficult to catch up with the rest of the class if a student gets too far behind.  Enclosed is a list of the titles and schedule of when the books are needed.


Classic Literature - Instructor: Mrs. Berglund - Grades 7-9

Classic Literature contains great stories that are designed to introduce students to authors that are world-renown and stories that broaden their vocabulary and world view.  Students will be required to read approximately 10 books a year. Students will need to obtain the books before the semester begins by purchasing them new or used or borrowing them. Students should also bring to class a paperback dictionary of their choice which includes thoroughly explained definitions and a little bit of word history information. 

Two years are offered, each with different books.  It is not necessary to take both years. The two years can be taken in any order.  

Year A:       Older classics - Around the World in 180 Days; Robinson Crusoe     2016-2017  

Current favorites: Phantom Tollbooth; Fever 1793 

Year B:        Older classics - The Door in the Wall; Swiss Family Robinson  2015-1016

Current favorites - Tuck Everlasting; The Giver


British Literature - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 10-12 - Year 1
(2016-2017)

British Literature is a broad study of British literature from its beginning to the modern era.  Students are required to read approximately 10 books a year.

Works range from older classics, such as Beowulf and Taming of the Shrew to current favorites such as Murder on the Orient Express and Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams #9780307950192      (Sequel to Watership Down)


American Literature - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 10-12 - Year 2 (2015-2016)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

American Literature discusses the rich history of literature in America.  Selected works will be read in class and students will read other works outside of class.  Homework reading will includes earlier works, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Best of Poe to Twentieth Century favorites, such as Old Man and the Sea and The Outsiders. 

Student will be expected to read approximately one book a month. 

TEXTBOOK: American Literature Homework Guide                                 Available in the HERO bookstore 

Numerous books will be required during class at some point in the year.  Parents are encouraged to find used or borrowed copies of the titles.  Please acquire the book before the student needs it in class, so they do not miss any assignments.  It will be difficult to catch up with the rest of the class if a student gets too far behind.  Enclosed is a list of the titles and schedule of when the books are needed.


United Sates Literature and Composition: Instructor: Mrs. Rische

United Sates Literature and Composition fulfills the junior year English requirement.  Students will read, and analyze fiction, drama, poetry, non-fictionn, and film representative of the United Sates.  We will look closely at literature and what it reveals about the diverse values and experience of this country.


Omnibus IV Ancient World History - Instructor: Mr. Beale

Class description will be coming. 


Essential High School Literature: Mrs. Wong

Essential High School Literature uses critically acclaimed, quality literature that every high school student should read.  This course will analyze the books and learn literary terms and techniques.  It will includes older works, such as The Odyssey and A Tale of Two Cities, to newer works, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm.

Students will be expected to read approximately one book a month.

TEXTBOOK: Essential High School Literature Homework Guide        Available in the HERO bookstore.

Numerous books will be required during class at some point in the year.  Parents are encouraged to find used or borrowed copies of the titles.  Please acquire the book before the student needs it in class, so they do not miss any assignments.  It will be difficult to catch up with the rest of the class if a student gets too far behind.


Christian High School Literature - Instructor:  Mrs. Rische - Grade 10-12

This course focuses on multiple books written by Christians and based upon their life experiences, often touching on key historical events.  We will be focusing on several books throughout the year but students should have the following purchased by the start of the school year:  

Pilgrim’s Progress In Today’s English (John Bunyan), James H. Thomas *(Please purchase the Thomas Edition so all students are using the same book)  

Bruchko by Bruce Olson 

Students will be expected to read about one book per month and actively participate in class discussions.  This course is focused on developing critical thinking and analysis skills.     


CLEP: Analyzing and InterpretingLiterature:  (College Test Prep) - Instructor: Ms. Stacie Zens  - Grades 9-12

Analyzing and interpreting Literature (CLEP - College Level Examination Program)  is a course for students who wish to study only the "classic" literature, learn about the interpretive nature of literature and engage in class discussions.  Students can use the class to help prepare for pursuing college credit through CLEP testing, though it isn't required.   We will read some of the  finestliterature from Ancient times forward, including Greek Myths, Sophocles, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. We will also learn about the authors and what makes each piece of literature significant.  We will cover as many literary pieces as possible including poetry and prose (short stories, novels, and drama).

Textbook: The book for this class is the REA: CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature book.  Other material will be downloaded from Edmodo.  Homework can be found on:  www.edmodo.com  or instructor can download assignments onto a flash drive that the student provides Most of the materials will need to be downloaded from the internet so they will need good internet service to do that or they will need to find books at the library.

Students who wish to study for and take the CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam should purchase and study the following book outside of class, REA (Research and Education Association): The TestPreparation for the CLEP Analyzing and interpreting Literature) with software.  In addition the following book will help parents and students navigate the CLEP program, CollegeBoard CLEP Official Study Guile, "The only CLEP guide created by the test maker."

This is a year long course.


Introduction to Philosophy - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 9-12 (Introduction to Classic Literature)

Textbook:  Omnibus series: Biblical and Classical Civilizations.  Biblical and Classical Civilizations. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house or can be purchased at Veritas Press.

Philosophy means literally" Lover of Wisdom."  In this class we will be seeking Wisdom or Truth by reading and discussing the great philosophers from ancient Greece, Rome, Dark Ages to modern times.

The theme will be that all the most successful philosophers from Socrates and Plato, to Locke, Smith, C. S. Lewis all believed in a Creator God who gave us Natural Law, unlike all the other philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Hegel, etc. that want you to believe that there is no creator God and that Man is the source of all Wisdom and that there is no absolute Truth.  

"Philosophy is concerned with perfect Knowledge of TRUTH in all matters whatsoever. Now, look how many sorts of things there are which properly fall within the cognizance of human reason into so many branches does the tree of philosophy divide.....For treating of figures, it is called geometry; of motion, physics; of natural right, morals; put all together, and they make up philosophy." Thomas Hobbes.

"Virtue and Wisdom encapsulates the idea that the moral and intellectual virtues go together.   They are wed, like liberty and learning.  Education, therefore, is not about creating values.  Fleeting and flimsy, values” are ultimately empty vessels into which educational  fads may be dumped. The American Founding Fathers did not declare values” upon which America was founded.  Rather, the foundation was built on certain principles--truths that were timeless.  Indeed, our Declaration of Independence insists upon the existence of “self-evident truths.These truths are self-evident, however, only with the proper understanding of the terms in question." Quote from Hillsdale Academy 9-12 Reference Guide


Speech 101  - Instructor: Mrs. Henkel - Grade 7-9 and Grade 9-12

This is a year long course.

Speech 101 is an introductory class where students are challenged to become more comfortable in their own skin and gain an inner confidence in speaking to others one-on-one as well as large group settings and everything in between

This is a wonderful introduction class for the "faint of heart" who hear the word SPEECH and want to hide away under the bed as well as for those who truly enjoy sharing in a public setting!   We will work on several types of public speaking beginning with the basic introduction, storytelling, extemporaneous reading, and humorous interpretation!

Students will study areas such as…

How to conquer the fear of Public Speaking.

Introductions

Tributes

Story Telling

Memorization

Project Sharing

Plus much much more!!

 

 I am looking forward to teaching your children.  Contact me at: Pamela Henkel   612.749.3708

 


Speech 102/Debate - Instructor: Mrs. Henkel - Grade 9-12

The primary goal of this class will be two-fold. To make sure students have a strong understanding of Public Speaking, mastering four major speech types including:  Introductive, Informative, Commemorative and Persuasive. The second semester will focus on engaging students in numerous debates, both team debates and one on one. Speech and Debate not only helps you to express yourself, but it requires students to take ideas and develop them in a competitive environment. The class will also cover creative commercial development and interview techniques. This is a year-long class.

Students will also gain experience in research as well as creating outlines.

Students should expect 1-2  hours of homework weekly in this class

This is a year-long class


Speech 103/Debate - Instructors: Mrs. Henkel - Grades 9-12

This class is cancelled due to low enrollment.  2016-2017

Prerequisite:  Students must have taken Speech 102/Debate or equivalent.

Public Speaking 103 builds on 101 and 102.  Making 101 and 102 a prerequisite for taking the 103 class.

In this full year class. Students will experiencebeing in a Policy Debate as well as a Value Debate.  Each debate will include heavy research, outline creation, public speaking skills, leadership skills and team building. 

Students will also work together in a “team building” unit.

One paper will be assigned on leadership

Students will give 1-2 independent speeches. Depending on time allowed.

Students will have a class lesson in the godly principles of leadership, based on the book“The 1 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership”

NO textbook required.

Supplies for class needed

3 ring binder,Notebook,Highlighters,Pens, Pencils,Calendar. 

I look forward for teaching your student J

Blessings,

Pamela Henkel

612-749-3708    ppamela1969@gmail.com

 


Logic/Critical Thinking/Study Skills - Instructor: Mrs. Henkel - Grades 9-12

In this course, we will progress through both Critical Thinking workbooks.  Our activities will center around learning categories and terms pertaining to logic and reasoning, then examining stories and discussion problems illustrating each new concept. 


This course will also provide the student with the knowledge to: organize their work space, do time management, learn how to listen, note taking, study habits, decision making test preparation, etc. Students should expect 60 minutes of homework each week.

Textbooks:  (Two books) The Thinking Toolbox and the workbookBy Nathaniel  Bluedorn

Students will also need a three ring binder. 


I am looking forward to teaching your children,

Pamela Henkel

612-749-3708    ppamela1969@gmail.com