English B
Tutor: Kim Witthuhn
Email: kimwitthuhn@comcast.net
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, period 2

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 review basic grammar, analyze literature, and write informally in a journal. At the beginning of the semester, we will focus on building the framework of a cohesive essay, including introductions, paragraph organization and transitions, and conclusions. 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 practice their skills with responding to a prompt, and will write expository, narrative, persuasive, and literary analysis essays. At the end of the year we will also write a short research paper.

Tutor: Kim Witthuhn works as a professional editor and has taught English at a private high school and various homeschool organizations over the last 15 years, including homeschooling her own children. She is passionate about helping students improve their communications skills, enjoy learning, and understand how God uses the written word to communicate with us. 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.

Level:  Grades 8-9
Prerequisite: English A or tutor approval
Homework:  3-4 hours per week
Texts: (To be purchased by parents)

1st Semester Texts (The tutor will provide an option to order texts through her so everyone uses the same edition):

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Lesha Myers) (Note: No previous experience with IEW necessary)
  • Of Mice and Men, Penguin Books (John Steinbeck)
  • The Golden Goblet, Puffin Books (Eloise Jarvis McGraw)
  • A grammar resource book for home (any will work; contact the tutor if you need a recommendation)

2nd Semester Texts (The tutor will provide an option to order texts through her so everyone uses the same edition):

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Lesha Myers)   (Note: No previous experience with IEW necessary)
  • The Endless Steppe, Harper-Trophy (Esther Hautzig)
  • The Giver, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  (Lois Lowry)
  • A grammar resource book for home (any will work; contact the tutor if you need a recommendation)

Supplies: $15