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.


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.


First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind - Instructor: Mrs.  J. Nauman  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


Reading Comprehension Strategies -Instructor: Mrs. Olson - Grades K-2

Curriculum:  K-2 Reading Comprehension Strategies Bundle by: Allison Stuckey/ Ms. Lilypad’s Primary Pond. (Reading Specialist and teacher.)

This yearlong class teaches essential reading comprehension strategies that use the gradual release of responsibility to get students to use the comprehension strategies independently.  Gradual release of responsibility includes:  modeling, giving the students guided practice, and allowing them to practice the skills and techniques on their own.  Each week’s lesson will consist of these components: Interactive read aloud (I read out loud Fiction and Non-fiction pictures books to the students), comprehension mini lesson, independent reading time, sharing time and buddy reading time.

There are 9 units:

Unit One: Readers read for a purpose

Unit Two:  Readers use their schema

Unit Three:  Readers make predictions

Unit Four:  Readers retell stories, details, & main ideas

Unit Five:  Readers make text to text connections

Unit Six:  Readers use illustrations and text features

Unit Seven:  Readers create mental images

Unit Eight:  Readers ask questions

Unit Nine:  Readers make inferences

 Your child should able to

1.     Listen quietly as a book is read aloud

2.     Raise their hands and wait for their turn to speak

3.     Read (or pretend read) quietly and independently for a sustained period of time.

4.     Share what they have read with a partner or the class

Materials/Fee needed for this class:

1.      Pencils (mechanical or regular #2 pencils) & erasers

2.      A book bag carrying several pictures books at the level your child can read or pretend to read for independent reading time.  The books can be from your home and/or ones you have checked out from the Library.  They will bring this bag of books to class each week.

3.     $5.00 fee to purchase from HERO

a.     black and white composition wide rule notebook

b.     to cover cost of worksheets

c.     to cover cost of sticky notes

d.    two pocket folder


The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar,  Level I - Instructor: Mrs. B. Westrup - Grades 3-4

The Logic of English program systematically teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, reading, spelling, writing, and sentence structure. Each element of written language is taught logically with phonograms and spelling rules. Students develop phonemic awareness through sound activities. In each lesson students learn how to analyze the logical reasons behind the spelling of words.

From the lists of spelling words, students will practice assembling words into phrases, simple sentences, and increasingly complex sentences. Cursive handwriting will be taught, practiced and encouraged in class.  By learning punctuation, parts of speech, common errors, and sentence structure, the students become not only better readers, but stronger writers as well.

This is a two-year program and requires parental involvement.

Materials Needed:

Essentials Workbook, Volume I (second edition) 

Spelling Journal (HERO Bookstore)

Folder with Phonogram cards (HERO Bookstore)

3 x 5 index cards with lines

Pouch, box or plastic bag for index cards

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

Pencils and eraser

Highlighters: yellow, orange, green, and blue


The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar,  Level I - Mrs. Tammy Miller  - Grades 5  and above

The Logic of English Essentials helps students improve spelling, develop vocabulary, and strengthen reading ability. This program introduces students to the complex phonetic structure of English.  Parents and students will learn the 74 phonograms and 31 spelling rules that describe 98% of English words.  Students will also strengthen their critical thinking skills about language as they analyze words and apply concepts to reading and spelling English words.

From the lists of spelling words, students will practice assembling words into phrases, simple sentences, and increasingly more complex sentences. Systematic instruction in grammar will include learning about punctuation and parts of speech. Cursive handwriting will not be included this year for grades 5 - 7. This is a two-year program and requires parental involvement.

Materials Needed: The first 3 items may be purchased at the HERO Bookstore

1. The Logic of English Workbook 2nd edition, Volume 1

2. Spelling Journal                                               

3. Folder with Phonogram Cards: includes a copy fee                         

4. White lined index cards    

5. Highlighters: yellow, orange, green, and blue     

6.  Pouch for index cards and highlighters        

7. A hole puncher is helperful to have at home. 


The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar, Level II -  Instructor-  Mrs. B. Westrup - Grades 3-4 

Prerequisite: 1 year of The Logic of English course lessons 1-14.  This class is for students who had LOE I with Beth Westrup in 2017-2018.

In the second year of The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar we will finish Essentials Workbook, Volume I, and work in Essentials Workbooks, Volume II. 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. This program requires parental involvement.

Materials Needed:

Essentials Workbooks, Volume II (Second Edition) 

Supplies from last school year:

1. Essentials Workbook, Volume I (Second Edition) from last year

2. Spelling Journal

3. phonogram cards (replacements may be purchased through HERO bookstore)

4. 3 x 5 index cards with pouch, box or plastic bag to store index cards

5. colored pencils (red, yellow, green, pink, black, dark blue and light blue)

6. pencils and eraser


 The Logic of English through Spelling and Grammar,  Level II  - Mrs. Tammy Miller  - Grades 5  and above

Prerequisite: 1 year of Logic of English (Essentials Book, 2nd Edition, Volume I)

The Logic of English Essentials helps students improve spelling, develop vocabulary, and strengthen reading ability. This program introduces students to the complex phonetic structure of English.  Parents and students will learn the 74 phonograms and 31 spelling rules that describe 98% of English words.  Students will also strengthen their critical thinking skills about language as they analyze words and apply concepts to reading and spelling English words.

From the lists of spelling words, students will practice assembling words into phrases, simple sentences, and increasingly more complex sentences. Some grammar instruction will be included.  This class requires parental involvement. 

 

Item to purchase from the HERO Bookstore: 

Essentials Workbook Volume II (Second Edition)

 

Supplies from last school year needed for this year include:

Phonogram Flashcards (Replacement flashcards may be purchased from the HERO bookstore

Spelling Journal

Spelling rules and grammar notes (written on index cards)

Blank index cards and a pouch to put them in

Highlighters - 4 colors

Folder to hold worksheets


Jump Into Writing – Monday – Instructor: Ms. Jean Schmidt - Grades (7-10)

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

Course Instructor: Jean Schmidt     Email: davidsch12@yahoo.com    Phone:  (651) 214-1838

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 Watso

  • Students will also need to purchase an instructor-created workbook which can be purchased through the HERO bookstore.

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 - This class is not being offered for 2018-2019 

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!


Exploring Vocabulary with English Roots - Instructor: Mrs. Adams - Grades 4-6

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams (Dragonfly717@msn.com)

This class is designed around building an Interactive Vocabulary Notebook and is full of dynamic activities for teaching Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

We will increase our vocabularies this year as we study common roots, prefixes, and suffixes and learn how to recognize them in unfamiliar words.  Weekly, with each root/prefix/suffix, students will commit to memory the spelling, pronunciation, and definition of 5-7 new vocabulary words as they interact with them in their homework assignments. 

The Interactive Notebook we build provides a fun way to study words and will serve as a resource for years to come.

There is no textbook for the class, but a teacher supplement/folder is required and will be available for purchase from the HERO Bookstore.


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.  This class was cancelled due to low enrollment this semester.


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

Voyages in English Grammar (Gr. 6-7)

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams  (Dragonfly717@msn.com)

This is a grammar class for middle schoolers.  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 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 7-10

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 9-12

 Got Grammar II is a basic grammar and composition class. - This class was cancelled this semester due to low enrollment. 

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 & 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 8+  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 6+  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.


The Essential of Early Writing with Community Workers - Instructor: Mrs. R. Wahlberg - Grades 2-4

This is a new edition to the Bible Heroes Essentials in Writing program.  Students will get to know and write about the workers who keep our community running safely and smoothly.  They will learn about firefighters, police officers , road constructions crews along with our rescue workers.  Your child will have fun learing how to write!  Students will be given weekly writing assignments.

This is a full year course.


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,  and creative writing.


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, will find this class beneficial.  We will also focus on literary/figurative writing as well.


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. 


Story Starters/Creative Writing - Mrs. J. Schmidt- Grade 3-6, Grade 6-9

This year-long class is based off of the incredibly-beautiful book entitled Story Starters: Helping Children Write Like They've Never Written Before by Karen Andreola. This Charlotte Mason-approach to writing is gentle and encouraging, and inspires both struggling writers and advanced creative writers. Students will hear the beginning of an adventurous, moral and faith-inspired narrative as they view stimulating black-and-white illustrations, which draw them immediately into the adventure. Just as the story climaxes, it ends, leaving the student with the opportunity to use their own creative ideas to finish the story.  Each class session will include:  a 10-minute grammar nugget of the day, 10 minutes of instructor read-aloud time, 20 minutes of free writing, and 15 minutes of story presentation. Students will complete one story starter for homework during the week.

Textbook: No Story Starters textbook is needed, however students will need the Story Starters workbook (instructor created) available for purchase in the HERO bookstore.


College Composition  101 - Instructor: Mrs. Iredale  - 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 folder from HERO,  "Cite Right" Second Edition,  and "Writing: The Bridge Between Us"  by Marcy McDonald, Popular Weasel Press, 2001.


Writing for Publication  - Mrs. Rische - Grades 9-12

This one-year class is geared toward students who love creative writing and would like to explore the publishing world. The focus is on writing and editing individual manuscripts or portfolios. Each student may choose to write fiction, non-fiction, free verse poetry, short prose, drama, or creative nonfiction.  Students will learn to develop character, voice, imagery, characterization, dialogue, and narration.


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 - Grades 4-6

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 (Great Lakes Literature Mapping)  - 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 will 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. The book list for 2018-2019 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. B. Westrup  - 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: Ms. Stacie Zens  - Grades 7-9        

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.

This list of books will be updated: 

- 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


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

Historical Fiction Literature (Gr. 4-6) - This class was cancelled this semester due to low enrollment. 

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams  (Dragonfly717@msn.com)

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 which is an important part of the setting and, in many cases, of the story itself.  We have chosen a variety of novels spanning the 12th century 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.  Connections will be made with the story and the historical period as we engage in discussions, writing assignments, and hands-on activities that bring the story to life.

The first novel we will read is A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.  A complete list of novels will be available at Open House.

Students will be required to obtain the novels on their own.  A teacher supplement/folder is required and is available only from the HERO Bookstore.


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. Stewart - 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. 

Second Semester Reading List for 2018-2019

The Pearl – by John Steinbeck (Weeks 1-2)

Homecoming – by Cynthia Voigt (Weeks 3-5)

Lord of the Flies – by William Goldman (Weeks 6-7)

The Red Badge of Courage – by Stephen Crane (Weeks 8-10)

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – by Howard Pyle (Weeks 11-13)

The Outsiders – by S.E. Hinton (Weeks 14-15)

Final Exam (Week 16)


British Literature - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 10-12 - Year 1  (2018-2019)

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 (2017-2018)

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.


Essential High School Literature:  Mrs. Wong- Grades 10-12

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 9-12

This one-year course focuses on multiple books written by Christians and based upon their life experiences, often touching on key historical events.  We will be exploring several books throughout the year such as Pilgrim’s Progress and The Autobiography of George Müller. Students will develop the following skills:  critical thinking and analysis, vocabulary, spelling, and oral reading.


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 Classic Literature and Philosophy - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 9-12

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, and the Dark Ages to modern times.

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

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

"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


i-speech: - Instructor:  Mrs. R. Stewart - Grades 4-6

The goal of this class is to help kids feel comfortable speaking and performing in front of an audience. This introductory level class will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of confidence building speech activities. Fun and creative approaches will be used to introduce  a wide range of topics including “How to” demonstrations, storytelling, and elements of informative and persuasive speeches, and much more. Students will learn simple skills for connecting with an audience, conquering nerves, and body language awareness. Exercises, activities, and performances will start short and gradually increase in length over the school year with a heavy emphasis on helping students to be relaxed in front of a group, and to have fun speaking!


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

Speech 101 is a year-long introductory public speaking class with a two-fold focus: learn to write clear and precise speeches, and begin to effectively communicate to others in a variety of styles for various settings and situations. Semester 1 speeches include: Who Am I?, My Favorite…, Storytelling, Pantomime, Impromptu, and Demonstration. Semester 2 speeches include: Poetry, Reader’s Theatre, Informative/Research, Commercial/News Spot, Display Presentation and a Devotional/Testimony. This class will give students an opportunity to practice their speech writing and public speaking skills in a safe, fun and encouraging environment. Students will have some class time for speech writing and preparation, however the majority of the work will need to be completed at home during the week.

Textbook: Speech 101 workbook (instructor-created) available in the HERO bookstore.

Supply List: notecards, pencils, the Speech 101 workbook, and a display board (2nd semester).

I look forward to serving your family and introducing your child to the joy of communication! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me in person or at davidsch12@yahoo.com.


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

Speech 102/Debate is a year-long intermediate public speaking class that will cover how to write and effectively present more advanced types of speeches and/or debates which require the use of critical thinking skills and analysis. Semester 1 speeches include: visionary “I am…” display board presentation, in-depth informative, creative expression, and great speeches analysis. Semester 2 will focus on engaging students in numerous debates, both team debates and one on one. There will be an emphasis on logic, research, critical thinking and persuasion beginning with a persuasive speech, followed by policy and value debates.

Students will have some class time for speech writing and preparation, however the majority of the work will need to be completed at home during the week.

Textbook: Speech 102 and Debate workbook (instructor created) available in the HERO bookstore.

Supply List: notecards, pencils, the Speech 102 and Debate workbook, and a display board (1st semester).

I look forward to serving your family and introducing your student to the art of public speaking and debate! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me in person or at davidsch12@yahoo.com.


Advanced Public Speaking  - Instructors: Mrs. Stewart  - Grades 9-12

Students who have taken prior public speaking classes such as Speech 101 and Speech 102/Debate will benefit from this advanced level class. Students should have a working knowledge of various types of speeches and debate before entering this class. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and utilizing advanced technique and form, logic, and persuasive strategies in preparing and delivering speeches. Students can expect to give 3-4 formal speeches each semester, including one group presentation, and to participate in one debate each semester. In addition students can expect to participate in a variety of shorter public speaking exercises and performances in and out of class. Homework time will be needed for this class! Students will have one or more homework assignments each week and should expect to do the majority of their speech outlining, preparation, and practice outside of class. - This class was cancelled this semester due to low enrollment. 

Major topics covered in Advanced Public Speaking will include Interpretation, Platform, Impromptu, Apologetics, and Extemporaneous speeches, as well as building upon and strengthening concepts and speech types learned in previous classes.


Intro. to Radio (writing, editing, and recording)  - Mrs. Rische - Grades 9-12

This year-long course explores the world of radio broadcasting and offers practical hands-on experience in a local Forest Lake radio station. Students will develop various programs, newscasts, weather reports, special features, and PSAs (public service announcements). Exemplary projects will be broadcast on WAJC, a full-power FM radio station owned by Maranatha Church, Forest Lake.


Logic/Critical Thinking/Study Skills - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Crymble - 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


Aristotelian Rhetoric - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 9-12

Rhetoric is the art and science of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speaker that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in a specific situation. As a subject of formal study and a productive civic practice, rhetoric has played a central role in the Western tradition. Its best known definition comes from Aristotle, who considers it a counterpart of both logic and politics, and calls it "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."

The Rhetoric textbook will be The Power of Persuation by Peter D. Roise. The book can be purchased at HERO. The class will be reading 1 chapter each week and completing Exercises at the end of each chapter. The textbook is based on Rhetorica by Aristotle, and Rhetorica Ad Herennium by Cicero.Rhetoric textbook will be The Power of Persuation by Peter D. Roise. The book can be purchased at HERO. The class will be reading 1 chapter each week and completing Exercises at the end of each chapter. The textbook is based on Rhetorica by Aristotle, and Rhetorica Ad Herennium by Cicero.