English A
Tutor: Kim Witthuhn
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 3

Description: The purpose of this course is to lay the groundwork for success in high school, so it will provide students with opportunities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We will learn the parts of speech, sentence patterns, and sentence diagramming; analyze literature; and write informally in a journal. At the beginning of the semester, we will focus on writing good sentences and paragraphs, building the framework of short essays. We will also practice all steps in the writing process, from prewriting, creating a rough draft, revising, editing, to polishing the final draft. Students will write descriptive and expository essays, a newspaper article, and a short story.

Tutor: Kim Witthuhn works as a professional editor and has taught literature, writing, grammar, history, and geography at various homeschool organizations over the last 15 years, including homeschooling her own children. She recently became certified as a career consultant and enjoys helping people discover the unique design God gave them. She is passionate about helping students enjoy learning and knowing God better by studying His Word and the world He created. Mrs. Witthuhn graduated from Concordia University with a BA in English and Social Science Education. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband and two of her four children and enjoys leading Bible studies, reading and learning, and spending time with family.

1st Semester Cost:  $248, $258, or $268 (depending on registration date)
2nd Semester Cost: 
$220, $230, or $240 (depending on registration date)
:  Grades 7-8
Prerequisite: none
Homework:  3-4 hours per week
Text: The grammar text is Analytical Grammar, which requires a one-year digital license fee of $20. This fee is included in the 1st semester class price (above). The remaining texts (to be purchased by parents) are listed below.

1st Semester Texts:

  • Holes (Louis Sachar)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)

2nd Semester Texts:

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O'Dell)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)

Supplies:  The cost for the one-year Analytical Grammar license, a binder, copies of the curriculum, and a journal is included in the first semester price of the class (above). Students need to purchase the above four books, a 1-inch binder for class papers, loose leaf paper, and pencils/pens.