7th Grade and Up – Mondays Online – 1:15 – 2:15

Instructor: Anna-Maria Lane – OK Certified Teacher With Extensive Classroom Experience in Language Arts

Cost: $100 per semester for 12 one-hour, online classes (or $90 when bundled with Intro. to Literary Analysis) This class, when bundled with Intro. to Literary Analysis, can serve as a complete language arts curriculum.

Do you know why we use possessives before gerunds and how to avoid dangling participles, split infinitives, and misplaced modifiers? In this 12-week live, online class, you will learn these concepts and many more while improving your writing and editing skills and strengthening your analytical thinking.

Although new students are invited and encouraged to join, this semester will be a continuation of previous semesters’ in-depth study of grammar, usage, and editing. Students will continue to practice previously learned grammar and usage skills as we tackle advanced grammar topics, such as verbals and verbal phrases. Finally, we will tie it all together with an in-depth capitalization and punctuation study that will continue into the spring semester. As always, there will be a major focus on editing, with increased exposure to the kinds of errors students will be expected to recognize on the ACT. Students will also be expected to do some writing in this class as they use grammar and usage concepts to improve sentence structure and style in their own writing. Most writing will focus on crafting strong paragraphs, using concepts learned in class, but students will also write one essay during the course of the semester and will learn about effective essay organization.

In this class, we will also engage deeply with language and improve confidence by continuing to spend time reading, memorizing, and reciting poetry, and students will have the opportunity to stay in class an extra 30 minutes each Monday for a storytelling club, inspired by The Moth. 

Homework Expectations – 1 to 2 hours per week 

Prerequisites – This is a continuation of a multi-year language arts class; however, new students are welcome! New students will need to be able to identify the parts of speech and the parts of the sentence and have some knowledge of usage rules, such as subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement. Students should also have experience writing basic essays. New students will need to speak to Anna-Maria about additional class expectations and concepts that can be studied in advance in order to get the most out of this class. New 7th and 8th graders, unless they have had extensive prior grammar instruction, would likely be better off taking Middle School Beginning Grammar and Writing Workshop.