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"ACE Report" Online Newspaper Class (9th-12th)

Instructor: Ashley Mangini

Email: manginimayhem@gmail.com

Tuition: $20 per month ($100 per semester)

Material Fee: $0 per semester

Required Text: none  

Pre-Requisites:  none

 

Description: Let's explore journalism through the virtual world. Students will participate in an online class meeting on Friday and publish an online media outlet “ACE REPORT” once a month.     

 

Adventure Reading Class (4th-6th)

Instructor: Ashley Mangini

Email: manginimayhem

Tuition: $20 per month ($100 per semester)

Material Fee: $25 per semester

Required Text/Supplies:  None

Pre-Requisites:  none

Description:   Come aboard with me as we travel through tales of triumph, courage, loss, perseverance, and mischief. We will explore literary elements, comprehension, and key terms while instilling a love of reading. The class will be project based to help students relate to the world of literature. Books will be provided throughout the class. 

Books:

  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Notron Juster

  • The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

  • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Toliver’s Secret by Ester Wood Brady

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry   

 

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Choate

Email:  jmchoate20@gmail.com

Tuition: $20 per month ($100 per semester)

Material Fee: $20 per semester

Required Text/Supplies: none

Pre-Requisites:  none

 

Description:  Please see attachments above and below for general class info and syllabus.

 

 

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Choate

Email: jmchoate20@gmail.com

Tuition: $20 per month ($100 per semester)

Material Fee: $20 per semester

Required Textbook: none 

Supplies Required: none

Pre-Requisites:  reading and writing independently

Description:   Please see attachments above and below for general info and syllabus

 

Dynamite Writing (4th - 6th)

Instructor: Julie Pringle

Email: thepringlefamily@bellsouth.net

Phone: 321-266-7417

Tuition: $25 per month ($125 per semester)

Material Fee: $15 per semester

Required Supplies: 

  • Access to a computer for any on-line components of this class. (There will be occasional videos for your student to watch at home.  Also, I send a weekly email summarizing our day/homework for the week.)

  • 1 - one-inch binder with pockets and wide ruled paper

  • 8 Dividers with colored tabs for binder

  • 1- Hard cover Composition Book for daily journal (wide or college lined) (may need to purchase another after Christmas Break) 

  • 4 clear plastic sheet protectors to leave inside of binder

  • pencils

Pre-Requisites:  Completed Razzle Dazzle 1 & 2 Writing

 

Description:     We will use two programs designed by the same author, Melissa Forney, to continue our writing journey.  This class is designed for students who have already completed ‘Razzle Dazzle Writing 1 & 2” and are motivated to become confident and skilled independent writers.  We will review topics from Razzle Dazzle and use them during our “Writer’s Workshops” during class.  We will have lots of special, relevant writing projects that are sure to keep your student writing with a REAL purpose to do so! This includes:  Letter writing to local community service personnel and others, letters to authors, new skits, writing a biography, and an autobiography.

The highlight will be second semester when each student will publish his/her own personal  book!  Parents will have to be involved in this exciting part!

We will cover many of the Florida standards for writing:  Grades 4-6

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Choate

Email:  jmchoate20@gmail.com

Tuition: $20/month ($100 per semester)

Material Fee: $20 per semester

Required Text/Supplies:  none

Pre-Requisites:  none

Description:  See attachments above and below for general class info and syllabus

 

 

High School English Language Arts (10th-12th)

Instructor: Christina Alexander

Email:   alexander.christina@gmail.com

Grade Level: 10th-12th  

Monthly Tuition: $25/month ($100/semester)

Materials Fee:  $10/semester ($20/year)

Required Book (for first semester):  1984 by George Orwell

NOTE: Other books will be required later in the year, but not to begin with.

Pre-requisites:   An understanding of basic grammar concepts and sentence construction; ability to find words easily in a dictionary  

Supplies Required:  1” 3-ring binder, pencils, eraser, a good student dictionary (I recommend the New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd Edition, published 2010, ISBN-13:978-0195392883, ISBN-10:0195392884. Earlier editions of the Oxford American are also excellent, as is the Microsoft Encarta World English Dictionary, published in 1999. Dictionaries which use complicated words in their definitions are not helpful.)

Description:   This class will cover a variety of literary styles, providing an introduction to the sort of range that is currently featured in SAT texts. Students will analyze purpose, meaning and viewpoint, together with assessing the effectiveness of the language used. We shall look in depth at a few classics of English and American literature, and also at examples of both historic and contemporary writing in magazines, news articles and science reports. Students will participate in group discussions, and learn how to research and put together an oral presentation. They will be encouraged to explore creative options in their own writing, and will become proficient in editing and proofreading. 

Institute for Excellence in Writing Class, Course A (3rd-5th)

Lead Teacher: Claudia Peer        Email: cgpeer@gmail.com

Assistant: Becky Moon                  Email: overthemoon.fl@gmail.com

Parent to Purchase: IEW-Fables, Myths & Fairy Tales by Maria Gerber $29 

Material Student will need: IEW binder (black 1.5”-inserts provided), paper, pens & highlighters

Pre-requisites: Basic grammar knowledge and ability to write independently. 

Beginning of the year, PARENT MEETING REQUIRED for parents to familiarize them with IEW Basics which will enable them to help students throughout the year.

Materials Fee: $10/semester

Monthly Tuition: $20/month

Class Description: Both courses are instructor driven. As instructors we will facilitate an environment that is paced for the particular group. Our hope is that you will see reluctant or all over the place style writings become students that write with organized confidence. From the IEW web site, “…students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics.” Review and Continuation of IEW Units/Second Semester Elegant Essay

Syllabus: Learning Dress-ups & Sentence Openers. Covering Units for the following: Notes & Outlines, Writing from Notes, Retelling Narrative Stories, Summarizing a Reference Outline and Essay, Writing from Pictures Outline and Essay, Summarizing Multiple References Outline and Essay, Inventive Writing, Persuasive Essay Model, The Critique Model.  Student pace will greatly impact what we are able to cover.

 

Institute for Excellence in Writing Class, Course B: Continuation Course (6th-9th)

Lead Teacher: Becky Moon        Email: overthemoon.fl@gmail.com

Assistant: Claudia Peer                 Email: cgpeer@gmail.com

Parent to Purchase: Not needed until Second Semester- IEW-Elegant Essay by Lesha Myers $29 

Material Student will need:  IEW binder (blue 1.5”-inserts provided), paper, pens & highlighters

Pre-requisites:  IEW-B (Students with previous IEW experience will be considered on a case by case basis) 

Beginning of the year, PARENT MEETING REQUIRED for parents to familiarize them with IEW Basics which will enable them to help students throughout the year.

Materials Fee: $10/semester

Monthly Tuition: $25/month

Class Description: Both courses are instructor driven. As instructors we will facilitate an environment that is paced for the particular group. Our hope is that you will see reluctant or all over the place style writings become students that write with organized confidence. From the IEW web site, “…students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics.” Review and Continuation of IEW Units/Second Semester Elegant Essay

Syllabus:  Learning Dress-ups & Sentence Openers. Covering Units for the following: Notes & Outlines, Writing from Notes, Retelling Narrative Stories, Summarizing a Reference Outline and Essay, Writing from Pictures Outline and Essay, Summarizing Multiple References Outline and Essay, Inventive Writing, Persuasive Essay Model, The Critique Model.  Student pace will greatly impact what we are able to cover.  Elegant Essay will be an extension of Unit 8.

 

Middle School English Language Arts (7th-9th)

Instructor: Christina Alexander

Email:  alexander.christina@gmail.com

Tuition:  $25/month ($100/semester)

Material Fee:  $10/semester ($20/year)

Required Book (for first semester): “The Fellowship of the Ring,” by J.R.R. Tolkien

NOTE: Other books will be required later in the year, but not to begin with.

Pre-Requisites:  An understanding of basic grammar concepts and sentence construction; ability to find words easily in a dictionary  

Supplies Required:   1” 3-ring binder, pencils, eraser, a good junior dictionary (Dictionaries which use complicated words in their definitions are not helpful.)

 

Description: A love of reading is the foundation of success in many aspects of life. This class will introduce students to different writing styles and literary genres - novels, short stories, plays, poetry, nonfiction and news articles, - helping them to discover the types of literature that interest and excite them. They will learn to focus on interpreting what they read and analyzing whether claims made are backed up by actual evidence. They will gain an understanding of how mastery of language can be used to further a narrative, impart information, encourage opinions or simply entertain. Students will be required to read regularly and to work on constantly increasing the vocabulary which they can use comfortably. 

Middle School Writing (6th-8th)

Instructor: Christina Alexander

Email: alexander.christina@gmail.com

Venmo: @Christina-Alexander-81

Tuition: $25/month ($125 per semester)

Material Fee: $10 per semester ($20/year)

Required Supplies:  1” 3-ring binder, pencils, eraser, a good junior dictionary (Dictionaries which use complicated words in their definitions are not helpful.)

Pre-Requisites:   An understanding of basic grammar concepts and sentence construction; ability to find words easily in a dictionary 

Description:   To write well, a student needs to be able to think clearly, organize information and express feelings, all within the discipline of correct spelling and mechanics, and a comfortable, fluent style. In this class, we will first review the basics - parts of speech, sentence construction and punctuation - and then progress to writing paragraphs and complete essays. As students learn to make their writing ever more interesting, with creative use of adjectives and adverbs, variations in verb tense and person, and the use of compound and complex sentences, they gain a deeper understanding of the English language and confidence in their ability to express themselves on any subject. 

 

 

Primary Pizzazz Writing 1 (K5)

Instructor: Julie Pringle

Email: thepringlefamily@bellsouth.net

Phone: 321-266-7417

Tuition: $25 per month ($125 per semester)

Material Fee: $15 per semester

Required Supplies: 

  • Access to a computer for any on-line components of this class. (There will be occasional videos for your student to watch at home.  Also, I send a weekly email summarizing our day/homework for the week.)

  • 1 - one-inch binder with pockets

  • 1- Hard cover Primary Journal Creative Writing Tablet for daily journal (may need to purchase another after Christmas break)

  • 4 clear plastic sheet protectors to leave inside of binder

  • pencils

Pre-Requisites:  None

Description:   We will use a program designed especially for beginning writers, “Primary Pizzazz Writing”, by author Melissa Forney. It is designed with activities that teach by tapping into auditory/oral, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles.  We will explore the alphabet, diving into sounds, simple words, activities and stories to help young children have positive experiences with language and writing.  

 

Primary Pizzazz Writing 2 (K5-1st)

Instructor: Julie Pringle

Email: thepringlefamily@bellsouth.net

Phone: 321-266-7417

Tuition: $25 per month ($125 per semester)

Material Fee: $15 per semester

Required Supplies: 

  • Access to a computer for any on-line components of this class. (There will be occasional videos for your student to watch at home.  Also, I send a weekly email summarizing our day/homework for the week.)

  • 1 - one-inch binder with pockets

  • 1- Hard cover Primary Journal Creative Writing Tablet for daily journal (may need to purchase another after Christmas break)

  • 4 clear plastic sheet protectors to leave inside of binder

  • pencils

Pre-Requisites:  Either Primary Pizzazz 1 or ability to write simple words and  know alphabet

Description:   We will continue building on a program designed especially for beginning writers, “Primary Pizzazz Writing”, by author Melissa Forney. It is designed with activities that teach by tapping into auditory/oral, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles.  We will use all TEN STEPS to Excellent Writing with Primary Kids which include: Talking, Brainstorming, Talking Again, Kinesthetic Activity, Drawing, Writing, Reading, Revising, Editing, and Sharing!   

Razzle Dazzle Writing 1 (2nd-6th)

Instructor: Julie Pringle

Email: thepringlefamily@bellsouth.net

Phone: 321-266-7417

Tuition: $25 per month ($125 per semester)

Material Fee: $15 per semester

Required Supplies: 

  • Access to a computer for any on-line components of this class. (There will be occasional videos for your student to watch at home.  Also, I send a weekly email summarizing our day/homework for the week.)

  • 1 - one-inch binder with pockets and wide ruled paper

  • 1- Hard cover Primary Composition Book for daily journal (may need to purchase another after Christmas break or more advanced type)

  • 4 clear plastic sheet protectors to leave inside of binder

  • pencils

Pre-Requisites:  None

Description:  We will use a program designed especially for the reluctant writer, “Razzle Dazzle Writing”, by author Melissa Forney. It is designed to teach all students how to write…especially the hesitant or those who can’t write well.  The program targets 50 skills to help achieve writing excellence.  Skits will even be incorporated into our class that introduce writing concepts such as:  “show, don’t tell”, strong verbs, metaphors, similes, details, revising a draft, etc.

Students will learn how to write using a “story glove” approach for creative writing. We will delve into fictional and personal narratives too.  We will also publish an actual book during the second semester!

Razzle Dazzle Writing 2 (2nd-6th)

Instructor: Julie Pringle

Email: thepringlefamily@bellsouth.net

Phone: 321-266-7417

Tuition: $25 per month ($125 per semester)

Material Fee: $15 per semester

Required Supplies: 

*Access to a computer for any on-line components of this class.

(There will be occasional videos for your student to watch at home.  Also, I send a weekly email summarizing our day/homework for the week.)

* 1 - one inch binder with pockets and wide ruled paper

* 1- Hard cover Primary Composition or Composition notebook for daily journals

       (may need to purchase another after Christmas break)

* 4 clear plastic sheet protectors to leave inside of binder

* pencils

Pre-Requisites:  None

Description:     We will continue using the second half of a program designed especially for the reluctant writer, “Razzle Dazzle Writing”, by author Melissa Forney. It is designed to teach all students how to write…especially the hesitant or those who can’t write well.  The program targets 50 skills to help achieve writing excellence. In this second half of the program, we will turn our attention to different forms of Expository writing including: opinion, persuasive, informative, directions, and five paragraph essays.  We will also publish an actual book during the second semester!

We will cover many of the Florida standards for writing:  Grades 2-6

SAT English (10th-12th)

Instructor: Christina Alexander

Email:  alexander.christina@gmail.com

Tuition: $30 per month  ($150 per semester)

Material Fee: $20 per semester ($40/year)

Required Text/Supplies: 1.5” 3-ring binder, pencils, eraser, a good student dictionary (I recommend the New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd Edition, published 2010, ISBN-13:978-0195392883, ISBN-10:0195392884. Earlier editions of the Oxford American are also excellent. Dictionaries which use complicated words in their definitions are not helpful.)

Pre-Requisites:  A good understanding of English grammar, sentence construction and punctuation; a good high school vocabulary; an ability to read and understand a variety of writing styles.

Note: We may be able to accommodate students practicing for the ACT or PSAT exams if class size allows.

Description:  This class is for students who will be taking the SAT exam this year or next. Students will be practicing with actual SAT tests from previous years, or tests published specifically for this purpose. We will focus on areas of grammar, style or mechanics, where each individual student has difficulty, clarify any rules and concepts that aren’t fully understood, and practice until the student is fully confident that he or she is ready for the SAT. Students who start early to prepare for these exams never regret it!

 

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