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 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 narrative and expository essays, complaint and gratitude letters, and a formal research paper.

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.

Covid - 19 Contingency Plan - In the event that we are forced to transition to online classes at any point in the school year, this class will continue to be held. 

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.

Cost: $260 first semester for students who did not take English A
            $235  first semester for students who did take English A
            $225 second semester for all students

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 if you didn't purchase it for English A.

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:  A journal for each student will be provided. Students need to purchase the above five books, a 1-inch binder for class papers, loose leaf paper, and pencils/pens.

Important Tuition Note for 1st Semester: 

  • For new students, the cost for the two-year Analytical Grammar license, a binder, and copies of the curriculum is included in the price of the class above.  Please choose the class on the registration form that says:
     "English B (period 1) (HASN'T had English A) - $260"

  • For students who took English A, the price of the class includes a binder, and copies of the Analytical Grammar curriculum.  Please choose the class on the registration form that says:
     "English B (period 1) (HAS had English A) - $235"