Fall 2021 Courses
Instructor: Anna-Maria Lane, Homeschool Mom of Three and OK Certified Teacher with Extensive Classroom Experience in Language Arts
Click here to enroll! See class descriptions below. See details at the bottom of this page about multi-class/sibling discounts.
Ms. Lane’s Advanced Grammar and Writing classes over the past few years have been simply phenomenal. She knows her craft exceptionally well. Our son scored in the 99th percentile on the PSAT reading and writing section as a direct result of her teaching ability. As parents of a homeschooled child we are so grateful for this incredible resource, especially in this subject. –Parent of a high school student
Anna-Maria Lane’s classes have been wonderful for our children during their first year of homeschooling. Her advanced grammar class has helped our son increase his writing confidence while also making up for the deficiencies of his prior grammar instruction in school. Anna-Maria seems to have mastered the ability of combining a rigorous curriculum with a fun, laid-back environment. She uses an iterative process that includes working assignments, grading, correcting, and re-grading that helps the students focus on their weaker areas more effectively than if assignments were simply graded and returned. Finding the Tulsa Homeschool Academy has been a very positive experience for our family and a boon for our children’s academic success. –Parent of an upper elementary student and a middle school student
My children would like to enroll in as many classes as they can with you. They have grown so much since they started taking your classes. I am truly amazed at how well they write. When one of my children started taking classes with you, she struggled so much with reading and writing. Now she looks forward to writing and reading. She is confident and I love it! –Parent of a middle school student and a high school student
Intermediate Grammar and Writing Workshop (7th grade and up, 6th graders with special permission)
Fall Semester Dates: Mondays, September 13th – December 13th (no class on Oct. 11th and Nov. 22nd)
Spring Semester Dates: To Be Announced
Time: 10:00 – 11:15
This is a year-long course with 12 classes a semester. At least 10 of these classes will be live classes while two may be pre-recorded videos. (Cost is $150 per semester, due by the beginning of each semester.) New students will need to purchase a textbook. The cost of the text will not exceed $20 (siblings may share) and will serve as a reference for students, not only for this class but also for future writing classes and projects. Information on this will be sent after enrollment.
This is the second year of a multi-year grammar and writing course. New students are welcome but will need to pass a placement test over the parts of speech; the parts of the sentence; and the following usage concepts: subordinate clauses, independent clauses, sentence fragments, compound sentences, complex sentences, run-on sentences, and the principal parts of the verb. If a student struggles with parts of the placement test and would still like to join, the instructor can supply resources that will help the student with these concepts. Students who enroll in this class should already be able to write a very basic essay.
Although this class is geared toward 7th grade and up, 6th graders who pass the placement test and who are ready for the challenge of more in depth grammar and writing instruction may join with special permission. High school students who need grammar and usage instruction will also benefit from this course. As we progress in this multi-year course, students will do a lot of editing and in the advanced level of the course, they will do some ACT/SAT practice.
Students in this class will continue to learn grammar and usage rules that will help them on their journeys to becoming better writers. In addition, they will develop confidence, improve vocabulary, and engage deeply with language by reading, memorizing, and reciting poetry. The main focus for this class is grammar and usage. In the intermediate level, students will learn about frequently confused/misspelled words, subject-verb agreement, correct pronoun usage, modifier usage, and capitalization and punctuation rules. There will be consistent review of previously learned concepts, and students will continue to strengthen their analytical skills and their understanding of language by diagramming sentences. As students learn grammar and usage rules, they will solidify their understanding of these concepts through the completion of editing exercises, and even though the main focus of this class is grammar and usage, students will put the concepts they have learned into practice through writing assignments. During the first semester, students will write at least one essay and will complete some shorter writing assignments to put usage concepts into practice, and during the second semester, students will embark upon a blogging project in an area of interest. For further writing instruction, students may wish to take one of our other writing workshops (at a discounted price) in addition to this class.
Homework Expectations – Students must be able to commit to approximately 2 hours of homework per week, and students (with the help of their parents when necessary) must be able to commit to keeping up with class communication through Google Classroom. Reading feedback and revising assignments accordingly will be a big part of this class, and this will require a commitment to following through with regular communication.
Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplines (8th Grade and Up)
Fall Semester Dates: Mondays, September 13th – December 13th (no class on Oct. 11th or Nov. 22nd)
Spring Semester Dates: To Be Announced
Time: 2:30 – 3:45
This is a year-long course with 12 classes a semester. (Cost is $150 per semester, due by the beginning of each semester. Students will also need to purchase course materials, which will cost $30 – $50 for the year.)
The curriculum we will use for this class was developed by the Critical Thinking Initiative. “The Critical Thinking Initiative has developed their innovative approach to critical thinking training by bringing together cutting-edge research and best-practices in neuroscience, evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, education, business, and philosophy.” In this course, as they work on crafting pieces of writing guided by strong critical thinking skills, students will learn the following: how to define critical thinking, the difference between thoughts and opinions, the importance of evidence-only thinking, a process for writing papers driven by the thinking process, a method of reading class material critically, language tools for critical thinking connections, how to identify and avoid logical fallacies, how to differentiate between strong and weak evidence, and how to minimize their biases to strengthen their conclusions. The time commitment for this course will be an hour to an hour and a half of class each week plus an hour or two of homework each week.
ACT/SAT English Practice (9th* – 12th grade students who have completed Advanced Grammar and Writing OR who are enrolled in any THA online class or Friday Enrichment Day)
Mondays August 16th, September 18th, October 18th, November 15th, December 13th
Time: 4:30 – 5:30
We will meet on Zoom once a month for some grammar review and ACT/SAT English practice. This course is free and is open to all 9th* – 12th grade THA students (online and/or Friday Enrichment Day). Days and times are subject to change. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live class.
*8th graders who have completed the Advanced Grammar and Writing course may also enroll in this class.
Anyone in 5th grade and up may enroll in the mini-workshops, but course material will be geared toward the 5th – 7th grade level. These courses, when not part of the bundle, are not part of the sibling/multi-class discount ($50 off each additional class), but students enrolled in Intermediate Grammar and Writing Workshop or Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplines who want to add just one or two of the mini-workshops will receive $20 off each.
Mini-Workshop Bundle – Meet Oklahoma, Thrills and Chills, and Holiday Descriptive Essay – $150 for eight live classes, eight flexible-schedule classes, and individualized writing feedback (Workshops are also offered separately. $40 savings when purchased as a bundle. See cost of each workshop below.)
Meet Oklahoma (5th Grade and Up)
Mondays, August 16th – September 13th from 12:30 – 1:45 (4 live classes and 4 flexible-schedule classes, no live class on Monday, September 6th) – $90 ($70 if enrolled in Intermediate Grammar and Writing or Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplines)
Students will research an important Oklahoman of their choice, write a picture book biography, and share it with the class, using Google Slides. (Students may draw the pictures or may use photographs.) Students will learn effective research and informative writing skills and will receive feedback from the instructor.
Thrills and Chills (5th Grade and Up)
Mondays, October 18th and 25th from 12:30 – 1:45 (2 live classes and 2 flexible-schedule classes) – $50 ($30 if enrolled in Intermediate Grammar and Writing or Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplines)
Learn how to write a story that will raise the hairs on the backs of your readers’ necks! With a curriculum co-designed by educator and award-winning author Anna Myers and taught by educator Anna-Maria Lane, you will learn how to create a character, setting, and plot that will create suspense and give your readers the chills. You will also learn writing techniques that will enrich your writing ability in all areas while having a great time in a fun and creative atmosphere and discovering the joy of expressing yourself through the written word. This workshop consists of two flexible-schedule classes and two live meetings. Students should expect to share their stories with their classmates during the last class. Stories will not be graded, but students will receive feedback from the instructor.
Holiday Descriptive Essay (5th Grade and Up)
Mondays, November 29th and December 6th from 12:30 – 1:45 (2 live Classes and 2 flexible-schedule classes) – $50 ($30 if enrolled in Intermediate Grammar and Writing or Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplines)
Students will learn descriptive writing techniques and basic essay writing skills and will reflect on their favorite holiday experiences and traditions as they plan, draft, and revise a descriptive essay. Students will receive feedback on their writing from the instructor. Students who enroll in this class should already be able to write a basic paragraph.
Sibling/Multi-Class Discount for Beginning Grammar and Writing Workshop, Critical Thinking and Writing Across the Disciplines, and Mini-Workshop Bundle
2 Classes – $50 off total
3 Classes – $100 off total
4 Classes – $150 off total
5 Classes – $200 off total
6 Classes – $250 off total