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9th Eng Elegant Essays/Intro to Lit

Grades 8 - 10
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2023-08-15 to 2024-05-14
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Tue: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuition: $375 / Annual
Supplies: $15
Expectations and Homework
Each week, students will be expected to complete approximately three dedicated hours of homework, including reading, writing, discussion preparation, and workbook completion.
Analytical Grammar
Class Supplies Needed
Pencils, 3-ring binder with paper and pocket divider, a red pen for grading. DO NOT bring spiral notebooks (they shed little white pieces I have to clean) or neon-colored pens (I can not read)..
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About the Course
9th Eng Elegant Essays/Intro to Lit

This course will introduce analysis of literature from a Christian worldview; continue to polish writing, presentation, and listening skills; and review grammar skills.

Please do not buy anything for this class before May 10 to give me time to field suggestions and comments from parents before establishing a final list.

Writing - IEW's Elegant Essay Student Book, 3rd Edition. (There is no need to buy a teacher book.)

Grammar Review - Analytical Grammar's High School Reinforcement, Shakespeare's Plays.

Literature analysis - I will provide study guides for each work.

Literature* - We will read / sample from the following list:

  • St. Augustine's Confessions translated by Maria Boudling-ISBN 978-1-56548-154-1. We will sample excerpts from this book every week.

  • James Allen's As a Man Thinketh 

  • Ray Badbury's Fahrenheit 451 

  • CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters

  • Jack London's Call of the Wild

We will watch Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Clive Donner. 

*I encourage you to find used and cheap physical copies of books, because I want our students to write in them.

I have (only) one scholarship for Englilsh or Econ made available by a Cornerstone family annually for a good returning student. Contact me to obtain a reduced rate. 




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About Staci

I have been privileged to teach with Cornerstone since 2016. I love English and excelled in my English studies through college. I currently teach grades 7-9 in English, and as needed, upper school Economics, Business Math, Survey of Economic Systems (Capitalism v. Socialism from a Christian Worldview). I have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I was baptized when I was 23 years old at a church of Christ in Jackson, TN. I am currently a member at Southeast Christian church and attend the Indiana campus, where I soak up love and learning on Sunday mornings, enjoy working with the Middle School Ministry, and greet at the doors every other Sunday.

I earned my BSBA in Business Administration- concentrating in Economics - from Union University in Jackson, TN in 1994; I was honored to receive the 1994 Award for Academic Excellence in Economics and Finance. I then taught adults in a Business School. Later, I worked for 7 years in the automotive industry, where I became ASQ certified as a Quality Engineer, where auditing, and training, and leading systematic team problem-solving, using graphical analysis and statistics, were daily tasks.

I think teaching is fun, and my goal is that your child's time in my class is efficient - that they feel accomplished, make thousands of neural connections, and remember a lot!

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