Basic Grammar & Writing
This course for students in grades 7, 8, and 9 involves high-intensity instruction in which the student concentrates on review and practice of those basic skills necessary for the writing of effective sentences and for detecting and correcting common structural errors in sentences. The goal of the course is the development of the student’s ability to write acceptable high-school-level prose in unified, coherent, adequately developed expository paragraphs. This goal is reached by covering the areas of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, spelling and diction, effective sentences, and finally, the paragraph. Writing assignments vary from critical to expository to creative. (Also listed for Middle School.)
English, Grades 9–10
For students who have completed grades 8 and 9 or for those who wish to review 10th grade English, the goal of this course is to provide students with a complete and systematic review of the fundamentals of English grammar, to help students write clearly and correctly, and to introduce students to several works of literature with emphasis on the fundamentals of fiction. Instruction focuses on writing the longer essay with an effective thesis statement and supporting paragraphs. Vocabulary and spelling are also studied, depending on the needs of the individual.
English, Grades 11–12
A course for students who have finished 10th and 11th grade or for those who wish to review 11th and 12th grade English, English 11–12 covers grammar, the principles of clear, correct writing, and contemporary American literature. Literature—including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—is analyzed and discussed in depth, and students will be expected to craft essay responses. Texts may include the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Junot Diaz, Eula Biss, Flannery O’Connor, and Sylvia Plath.
10:00 am–12:00 pm
This is a course for students in grades 9–12 who wish to develop their creative and technical abilities in the written word. The course will be taught by St. Albans’ Writer in Residence. Students will experience in-class writing exercises and workshops, one-on-one conferences with the teacher, and readings that will include short story, graphic novels, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Writing assignments will include both specific prompts and opportunities for students to pursue forms or topics of their own interest.
10:00 am-12:00 pm