English A
Tutor: Annette Anderson
Email: anderson1292@gmail.com
Length: Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 1 or period 2   (Choose one.)

Description: English A is a full year class that incorporates elements of the English language in a variety of mediums. Each class covers three main components: grammar, writing, and reading. Here’s what’s covered . . .


The grammar text that we will be using for both English A and English B is a two-year grammar program called Analytical Grammar.  The cost for this two year digital license is $25, which is included in the supply fee,.


Semester I focuses on Descriptive and Persuasive writing with a range of papers from a simple object description to an invention cause and effect.

Semester II delves into Expositive and Narrative writing via writing projects such as a newspaper article to a short story.


We will be reading and discussing these four books: Holes by Louis Sachar; The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare; Call of the Wild by Jack London; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The year is finished by each student showcasing in front of class a book they’ve read of their choosing.

Tutor: Annette Anderson has a BA in elementary/middle school and reading education from the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation she taught 4th grade and spent a year substitute teaching in grades K-12. After starting her family she became a stay at home mom to four children. She was able to home educate her children until her oldest was in eighth grade. She believes that all children have different educational needs and feels passionate about finding what works best for the individual. 

Level:  Grades 7-8
Prerequisite: none
Homework:  45 minutes per day on weekdays
Text: (to be purchased by parents):

  • Holes, by Louis Sachar
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

Supplies: $50 (which includes the two year digital license and printing of the grammar program, a binder for the grammar program, and class photocopies).  Students need to purchase the above three books, a 1-inch binder for class papers, loose leaf paper, and pencils/pens.  The 2nd semester supply fee is $15.