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9th Eng Elegant Essays/Intro to Lit

Grades 8 - 10
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2023-08-15 to 2024-05-14
Tuition: $375 / Annual
Supplies: $15
Expectations and Homework
Each week, students will be expected to complete approximately three hours (dedicated, not distracted) of homework, including reading, writing, discussion preparation, and workbook completion.
Analytical Grammar
Class Supplies Needed
Pencils, 3-ring binder with paper and pocket divider, a red pen for grading. DO NOT bring spiral notebooks (they shed little white pieces I have to clean) or neon-colored pens (I can not read)..
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About the Course
9th Eng Elegant Essays/Intro to Lit

This course will introduce analysis of literature from a Christian worldview; continue to polish writing, presentation, and listening skills; and review grammar skills.

Writing - IEW's Elegant Essay Student Book, 3rd Edition. (There is no need to buy a teacher book.)

Grammar Review - Analytical Grammar's High School Reinforcement, Shakespeare's Plays.

Literature analysis - I will provide study guides for each work.

Literature* - We will read / sample from the following list:

  • St. Augustine's Confessions translated by Maria Boudling-ISBN 978-1-56548-154-1. We will sample excerpts from this book every week.
  • James Allen's As a Man Thinketh 
  • Ray Badbury's Fahrenheit 451 
  • CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters
  • Jack London's Call of the Wild

We will watch Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, directed by Clive Donner. 

*I encourage you to find used and cheap physical copies of books, because I want our students to write write write in them.  Some are available for free in .pdf online because they are so old they are in "the public domain."  Still, it may be cheaper to buy them than to print them.

I like these online resources: Abebooks, Half-price books, Thriftbooks; and for homeschool curriculum, Karen's Corner  (Louisville).





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About Staci

I have been privileged to teach with Cornerstone since 2016. I love English and excelled in my English studies through college. I currently teach 9th grade Composition and Literature Analysis, and as needed, upper school Economics, Business Math, Survey of Economic Systems (Capitalism v. Socialism from a Christian Worldview), and starting in 2024, I am thrilled to mentor a dual credit Intro to Psychology class through Southeastern University.

I have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. I was baptized when I was 23 years old at a church of Christ in Jackson, TN. I am currently a member at Southeast Christian church and attend the Indiana campus, where I soak up love and learning on Sunday mornings, and enjoy working in the cafe with the Middle School Ministry.

I earned my BSBA in Business Administration- concentrating in Economics, with a minor in Psychology - from Union University in Jackson, TN in 1994; I was honored to receive the 1994 Award for Academic Excellence in Economics and Finance. I then taught adults in a Business School. Later, I worked for 7 years in the automotive industry, where I became ASQ certified as a Quality Engineer, where auditing, and training, and leading systematic team problem-solving using graphical analysis and statistics were daily tasks.

I think teaching is fun, and my goal is that your child's time in my class is efficient - that they feel accomplished, make thousands of neural connections, and remember a lot!

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