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English I/Writing & Grammar

Trish Cowan

Grade Level: 8th-9th

Prerequisites: None

Class size: Minimum 5/ Maximum 15 students

Supplies: BJU Press English Student Text Grade 9 3rd  Ed. ISBN 978-1-60682-239-5; spiral notebook; writing utensil; **access to a computer and the internet at home for some of the reading, writing, and vocabulary assignments.

Materials fee: $25 per student for books

This course will focus on reading and writing to lay a solid foundation for future English classes. We will target communicating and writing effectively building on students’ prior knowledge of grammar and mechanics and addressing any gaps which they may have. Specifically, students will sharpen paragraph and essay writing. Additionally, we will review logical fallacies and practice recognizing and developing strong logical arguments through analysis of reading selections. Throughout the course, we will survey various genres of literature, such as short stories, novels, nonfiction and poetry as students learn textual elements of genres, author’s purpose, tone, plot structure, symbolism, characterization, and theme.


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I have four grown children whom I home educated for over 20 years. My sister and I opened a homeschool resource center, bookstore, and co-op for homeschooling families in the Northeast Texas area in 2006. During this time, we served hundreds of families and hosted seminars to guide and encourage families through all the homeschool years with additional assistance for high school students and their parents with college and career preparation and counseling. Currently, I am a College and Career Counselor for a small, private Christian school. I am completing my fifth year in this position and completed my Guidance Counselor Certification in May 2021. I thoroughly enjoy meeting with students and parents and guiding them towards discovery of their unique callings, gifts, talents, aptitudes and skills that inform their future college and career decisions.

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