English B
Tutor: Kim Witthuhn
Email: kimwitthuhn@comcast.net
Length: Full Year Class Period:  Wednesday, period 3 or Thursday, period 2  (Choose 1)

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 punctuation and usage, analyze literature, and write informally in a journal. At the beginning of the semester, we will focus on writing good sentences, 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 write expository, narrative, and descriptive essays, and complaint and gratitude letters.

Note: Although English B is formatted as a year-long class, each semester has its own syllabus and literature selection. Students will need to register separately for each semester.

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.

Level:  Grades 8-9
Prerequisite: English A or tutor approval
Homework:  3-4 hours per week
Texts: The Grammar text is Analytical Grammar, which requires a digital license fee of $25 for the year.  This fee is included in the 1st semester supply fee.  The remaining texts (to be purchased by parents) are listed below.

1st Semester Texts (to be purchased by parents):

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Lesha Myers) (Note: No previous experience with IEW necessary)
  • The Old Man and the Sea  (Ernest Hemingway)
  • The Golden Goblet  (Eloise Jarvis McGraw)

2nd Semester Texts (to be purchased by parents):

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, Institute for Excellence in Writing (Lesha Myers)   (Note: No previous experience with IEW necessary)
  • The Endless Steppe  (Esther Hautzig)
  • The Giver  (Lois Lowry)

Supplies: $40 (This includes handouts and the electronic license of the Analytical Grammar text.)  The 2nd semester supply fee is $15.