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Class Info

Reading & Writing 2 (W)

Class Year:  2022-2023
Time:  Thu 11:30 am - 01:30 pm;
Teacher:  Susan Otto
Tution:  $550 / Year or $55 / Month for 10 Months
Supply Fee:  $65 / Year - Due Upon Registration (Non-Refundable after August 1)
Location:  West (Katy)

NOTE:  A student must be at least thirteen years old by September 1, 2022, to register for this class for the 2022-2023 school year.

Building on the skills learned in 7th grade, this class will further develop writing/composition skills and analysis of various works of literature. 

Reading and Writing 2 will build on the work the students have done in Reading and Writing 1. In this on-level eighth grade class, the novels we study will be more complex but still fun, and they will provide ample opportunity for deep thought and reflection on the themes. One of the works we will read is non-fiction, giving us an added dimension for analysis. My goal is for students is to excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing and broadening their view. Students will learn new vocabulary and analyze literature. 

Each week, we will review English grammar through various exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming. We will study five novels and one play. The novels (and one play) for this class are: The Bronze Bow (Speare), The Wind in the Willows (Grahame), The Miracle Worker (a play by Gibson), Tom Sawyer (Twain), The Hobbit (Tolkien), and The Hiding Place (Ten Boom). We will also have some time at the end of the year to study a bit of poetry containing some of the same themes as the novels.

Each novel unit will include comprehension assignments, vocabulary activities, instruction in literary terms and devices, and a novel-based final project that students will present to their classmates. For writing, we will continue in the WriteShop series with WriteShop 2, which will still focus on strong paragraph development but will also require the students to write longer pieces. The spring semester will offer instruction and practice with persuasive communication and essay writing. For grammar, I will provide weekly exercises that review parts of speech and cover more complex sentence structures.

Supply fee: $65

Tuition: $550/year or 10 monthly payments of $55.

Textbooks: WriteShop 2 Student Workbook (5th Edition) (Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar)

Parents provide all novels and supplemental texts for the class.  (any edition that is Not a simplified or abridged version)

Materials Needed: 1-inch 3-ring binder, notebook paper, 8 dividers, dark blue or black pens, pencils, colored pencils (8 colors or more and sharpened), Rodale’s The Synonym Finder or other thesaurus, and a good hard-copy dictionary, preferably Webster’s or another title that has stood the test of time. The teacher will provide any short stories or poems.

Class time: 2 hours, once weekly


*Withdrawal fee after 9/30 of that school year is 3 months of tuition.