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Teacher Profile

Michelle Pack

email: michelle.pack@prepclasses.org

Michelle Pack began her journey into home school in 2010.  Her English experience began at a private school New Heights Christian Academy in Houston teaching 7-8 grade English.  Dedicated to over 10 years of teaching and tutoring English with the home school community, she has a passion to help students discover the joy in writing.  She is a native of Houston and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in radio/television with a minor in Journalism from the University of Houston.  Currently, she is working part-time as the Children’s Ministry Leader at Bethel Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.   She has been involved in ministry teaching Bible studies and speaking at women’s events.  Michelle has been married to her husband for 22 years and she enjoys camping, writing, bowling, and being a mother to two teenage boys. 

Teacher's Classes

NOTE: A student must be at least twelve years old by September 1, 2022, to register for this class for the 2022-23 school year.

Seventh grade is a great time for students to sharpen the skills they have been taught and add some new ones to challenge their active minds. This class is designed to do just that through the four areas of language study:  reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Students will learn a good deal of new vocabulary and analyze literature while delving into discussions of the themes of some excellent novels.  These include The Secret Garden (Burnett), Number the Stars (Lowry), The Hatchet (Gary Paulsen), Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls), My Side of the Mountain (Jean George), and Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)

Each week, we review English grammar through various exercises in which students will thoroughly review parts of speech, phrases, and clauses through parsing and diagramming.

Throughout the year, students will also write for five different purposes: journal, expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. Using the Lost Tools of Writing curriculum, students will have the opportunity to learn how to construct a persuasive essay.  By the end of the year, students will have a written portfolio and have done a few speaking presentations.  Students will receive tips on how to speak to an audience throughout the year.

Supply fee: $65

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

Textbooks: Lost Tools of Writing (Student Notebook-included in supply fee)

Parents provide all novels for the class.  (Novels and supplies will be emailed upon receipt of registration fee.)

Materials Needed: 1-inch 3-ring binder, ½-inch 3-ring binder (for portfolio), 8 dividers

Class time: 2 hours, once weekly

PLEASE NOTE:

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

*The Supply Fee is due upon registration.

*If the Supply fee is not received within 2 weeks of registration, the student will be unenrolled from class.

*The Supply Fee is non-refundable after August 1st.


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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. 

Eighth grade students will concentrate on deeper discussions from the novels, writing in five different areas, reviewing grammar from past years, editing papers, and presenting written work to their peers.

Students will learn new vocabulary and analyze literature.  These novels include Through the Gates of Splendor (Elliot), The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain), The Sign of the Beaver (Speare), The Bronze Bow (Speare)  and a play The Miracle Worker (Gibson)

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.

Throughout the year, students will also write for five different purposes: journal, expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive. Using the Lost Tools of Writing curriculum, students will have the opportunity to learn how to construct a persuasive essay.  Students will also learn editing skills.  By the end of the year, students will have a written portfolio and have done a few speaking presentations.  Students will receive tips on how to speak to an audience throughout the year.

Supply fee: $65

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

Textbooks: Lost Tools of Writing (Student Notebook included in supply fee)

Parents provide all novels for the class. (Novels and supplies will be emailed upon receipt of registration fee.)

Materials Needed: 1-inch 3-ring binder, ½-inch 3-ring binder (for portfolio), 8 dividers, thesaurus or synonym finder

Class time: 2 hours, once weekly

 

PLEASE NOTE:

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

*The Supply Fee is due upon registration.

*If the Supply fee is not received within 2 weeks of registration, the student may be unenrolled from class.

*The Supply Fee is non-refundable after August 1st.


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