LANGUAGE ARTS 2022 – 23

Classic Literature Course

Taught by:

Tanya Robinson

PARENT REVIEW

Assiduously and innovatively, Mrs. Robinson equips the students to grasp numerous literary devices and to write analytical essays.  Throughout the course, students dive deeply into comprehending and analyzing various writing styles of classical literature. Assessments are soundly structured. Assignments are designed so that students have ownership and pride of their learning. Mrs. Robinson is extremely knowledgeable of the content, always available for her students and the parents, and passionate about her profession.   Joyce 5-20-2021

Two sections of the same class will be offered. When registering, please choose between:

 

Tuesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am

in-person

OR

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm

online

 

This class is intended for students in grades 9-12, however middle school students who can handle the reading are welcome to join.

Classic literature has stood the test of time because it has the ability to teach us something new every time we read it. These books broaden our horizons, touch our hearts, and deepen our thinking.
Many classic titles focus on the idea of a journey. Sometimes that journey is metaphorical, and other times it is literal. Pack your bags because we are going to join some memorable characters as they embark on life-changing expeditions!

Please make sure that you are comfortable with all of the titles (theme, language, style) before signing up for this class. If you have any questions as to why I chose a particular title, please feel free to ask!
We will examine the historical context of each work, identify literary devices, and use the literature as a basis to develop writing skills. I also frequently provide supplementary poems and speeches that enhance our understanding of the title being studied.

  • The Odyssey by Homer translated into prose by E.V. Rieu
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (contains the “n” word)
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Silas Marner by George Eliot
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I am offering two sections of this class. Please choose ONE section when registering.
In-Person class on Tuesday mornings, 9:00-10:00 am at EIE (no charter school funds accepted)
Online class on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00 pm via Zoom

  • Cost:
    $20 nonrefundable registration fee for all students
    $230 per semester if you are paying privately (discounts available for siblings).
    $280 per semester if you are using charter school funds

This class runs for 2 semesters, from September 6, 2022-May 16, 2023

Please contact me at robinson5tanya@gmail.com for more information and/or to register.

About Me:

Before becoming a parent, I received my B.A. and teaching credential in English and taught at a private high school. I taught all four grades, ranging from basic English classes to specialized literature courses. When I became a parent and started homeschooling, I was highly influenced by the book, For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, and have incorporated many of Charlotte Mason’s philosophies into our homeschool. I educated my children at home for all of their school years (K-graduation), and I currently have two children in college and a high school senior.

YOU CHOOSE THE BOOK

4-6 week classes on the book titles you want!

TAUGHT BY:

TANYA ROBINSON

ON-LINE CLASS

TIME AND DATE

The time and date of the  class will be determined at a later date by the participants in the class.

Do you have a specific literature title that you want your students to read? Perhaps you want to read a Shakespeare play, or a title from a middle school book list? I would love to lead the discussion and open doors into the world of that book: examining its historical context, themes, and literary elements. Using our literature discussions as a foundation, students can also work on improving their writing skills (unless you want to keep it strictly discussion).

How it would work:
• You gather a group of at least 5 students and choose a book title.
• You and I choose a time that accommodates both of our schedules.
• We meet online, once a week.
• Payment from each student is due prior to the first class session

**If you choose an extremely long/weighty book like War and Peace (just as an example), there will be adjustments to the cost of the class.

2021-2022 cost per book (4-6 week course, depending on the length of the book):
$45 per student, if paying privately
$58 per student, if using charter school funds (may change depending on charter school fees)

All Things Fun & Fascinating

Writing for Younger Students

IEW Writers Level A

Recommended grade levels – 3 through 5; however, ability dictates

Taught by:  Lilli Witczak

Mondays

9:00 – 10:00

Class begins September 12, 2022

COST: $250.00 per semester ($275 if a charter student) plus book, etc.

 Humorous characters, fascinating creatures, and important men of history will gain the attention of students as they learn to write with structure and style.

 During the course, students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays. Additionally, with the activities, games, and parties, there will be enough silliness and fun to keep the atmosphere light while students learn.

 The goal of the course is NOT to receive a good grade or compare one student to another. The goal is to develop a love for and interest in writing. We are looking for progress. With realistic expectations, progress is determined by comparing a child’s writing in September to his/her own writing in January and in May.

COURSE DURATION: 1 year.

TEXT BOOK REQUIRED

  • All Things Fun & Fascinating [Student Book only]
  • By Lori Verstegen
  • ISBN: 978-0-9801005-2-5
  • Edition/Printing: Second Edition, January 2012

 CONTACT:

  • Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 
  • email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com

BRAGGING RIGHTS

Taught by:  Lilly Witczak

Mondays

10:00 – 11:00

Let’s be proud of reading a couple of really long books (picture yourself polishing your fingernails on your shirt).

Recommended grade levels – 8th through 12th

 Class Begins:  September 12, 2022

Duration:  1 school year

This course is designed to introduce students to great literature and great information all in one class. In this case, the literature happens to be one of the greatest works of fiction ever written, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and perhaps the greatest comprehensive basic economics book ever written, Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. “Why these two books?” you might be wondering. Because they are long and they are on Miss Lilli’s personal “to-read” list.

 With Don Quixote students will learn, through research, the background of the author as well as the cultural context. Writing assignments will include author profile, historical approach paper, and more.

 With Basic Economics students will learn about the author, listen to a couple of taped lectures given by the author, and study economics. Students will have the opportunity to apply what they learn to hypothetical as well as real life economic situations.

The class will be meeting in person at EIE; however, in the event that this goal cannot be realized we will meet on Skype. ….When we meet at EIE, we will have a couple of amazing parties that students will remember, with a smile, well into adulthood.

 Books Required:

  •  Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Translation by Edith Grossman
  • ISBN 13: 978-0060188702
  •  
  • Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, Fifth Edition
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-465-06073-3

 

Fees:

$250.00 per semester

$275.00 if a charter student) plus books.

 Miss Lilli is a vendor for: Sky Mountain, ILEAD, Excel Academy, Sage Oaks, Golden Valley, Gorman, Inspire, and more.

 CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 text only -or- email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com

The Rational Bible

Genesis and Haggadah volumes

Taught by:

Lilly Witczak

Recommended grade levels – 8th through 12th

Class Begins:  September 12, 2022

Duration:  1 school year

Meets:

Mondays

11:00-12:00

A truly fun and informative class!

This course is designed to introduce students to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the oldest continuously celebrated holiday in the world, Passover, through the lens of Dennis Prager. Miss Lilli has studied Genesis a few times and was amazed at the clarity and the profound observations Mr. Prager details in his well-researched books.

It is not the goal of the class to convert students into joining a specific religion. All students are welcome, from atheist to conservative Christian to Muslim, etc.

Students will learn the history of Genesis and the time surrounding the beginning of Passover. They will have some lively discussions and writing assignments about polytheism, the family, gratitude, and more. The pace of the class will be based on the ability of the students. If the class can cover more material, the Exodus volume may be added; however, this is unlikely.

 

The class will be meeting in person at EIE; however, if this goal cannot be realized it will meet on Skype. ….When at EIE, there will be a couple of amazing parties that students will remember and hopefully a quasi-sedar (Passover-ish, meal) which will include some of the traditional prayers in Hebrew.

 Books Required:

  •  The Rational Bible: Genesis by Dennis Prager
  •       ISBN: 978-1-62157-898-7
  •  The Rational Haggadah by Dennis Prager
  •      ISBN: 978-1684512584

 

Fees: $250.00 per semester plus books.

 

CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 text only -or- email at: lilli.witczak@gmail.com

Living Hero’s Journey

Taught by:  Btittney Weber

Monday

7th – 12th Grade

2:30 – 3:30

4th – 6th Grade

3:30 – 4:30

In this epic journey of myth, fantasy, and sci fi, students will harness their creative writing skills by being placed inside the story using various roll playing games such as The Lord of the Rings “The One Ring Role Playing Game,” as well as the Star Wars version “Force and Destiny.” Students will not just tell and write stories but will live them, giving them an inside out perspective of the monomyth cycle of the hero’s journey. Students will be given writing prompts that engage their creative and critical thinking skills to help them create realistic characters and thrilling dramatic scenes. The semester will build up to a student’s final project where they will have to write the resolution to a grand climax from one of the groups previous stories.

Tuition:
$250 per semester (16 weeks)
Grades:
4th-6th

About Miss Brittney:
Graduated in 2018 with her bachelors in English Teaching the Language Arts from Humboldt State University, Brittney Webber has over 8 years of teaching experience. She has also become a registered instructor with The Institute for Excellence in Writing. Ranging from elementary to high school English courses, she utilizes teaching to promote critical and creative thinking skills. Brittney also has a passion for teaching students with Autism and other disabilities crucial life skills. Her main goal in teaching English is to give students the proper tools to write and live their own adventures and stories.

  • Approved Vendor with Following Charters:
    Sage Oak
    Excel
    ILead
    River Springs
    Pacific Springs
    Vista Springs
    Empire Springs
    Cabrillo Point (Inspire)
    Mission Vista (Inspire)
    Granite Mountain (Inspire)
    Pacific Coast Academy

CONTACT:

Brittney Weber

707-630-1332

CLASS TOWN SHIPWRECK ISLAND – JOURNAL WRITING

Taught by Ani Janbazian

Wednesday

9:15 – 10:15

 

 

TARGET: Grades 1st-5th

VENDOR: We Spark Learning

COURSE DURATION: 1 year (two, 13 week semesters)

DATES:

  • Semester 1 runs Sept 7 – Dec 14, 2022
  • Semester 2 runs Jan 18 – May 3, 2023

MAX CLASS SIZE: 14

COST PER SEMESTER :

  • $260 for private pay homeschool families.
  • $285 for iLead, Epic, Aveson, Compass, Heartland, Mission Vista Academy, Blue Ridge Academy, Pacific Coast Academy, Mission Vista Academy, Cabrillo Point Academy, Granite Mountain, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, Golden Valley, and Excel Academy Charter students. If you don’t see your school listed, please contact us at WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com so we can apply to become a vendor for you.

Shipwrecked on a remote island, 1st-5th graders explore their exotic surroundings, scavenge for supplies, tame the wilderness, form a rescue plan, and band together for survival through perilous adventures — all the while journaling their epic story.Your weekly explorations will serve as the journal prompt or inspiration for your creative writing assignments about all the strange and wonderful things found on the island.

 “The eerie howling sound seemed to be coming from…”

“After tirelessly digging in the sand, it was a miracle that I found a…”

“Seeing that spectacular splash, I started to believe the mythical stories about…”

Each student will be assigned special skills to contribute to the group’s success, and keep an inventory of valuable items they have salvaged or scrounged for in the search for more island resources.

Some drawing, crafts, prize games, and other creative expressions will also be incorporated throughout the year to fit our Island theme. Mini lessons on writing techniques, literary devices, and poetry will be explored, while maintaining the goal of this class: to motivate students to put pen to paper with enthusiasm!  Journal writing is done during class time, and writing expectations can be varied to adapt to different learning levels and abilities. Upon registration, you will be provided with a simple materials list of some basic school supplies that students will need to have on hand.

How will you survive this harrowing story? Will your party ever be rescued? Join the adventure!

REGISTRATION: Beginning May 1, 2022, simply complete the registration form available through WeSparkLearning.com . Charter School students should follow with a request a P.O./Enrichment Certificate to be issued as soon as the school begins processing for this period, in order to secure enrollment.

Questions? Call (626)482-8963 or email WeSparkLearning@yahoo.com

THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE PREP WRITING CLASS

Advanced Speech and Writing

Traditional and Online

College Prep English Class

Taught by: Denis

For an introductory video with the teacher and Marty please click on the link below:
MEET THE TEACHER EIE VIDEO

For a quick video by the instructor about his class please click on the link below:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drm-bTrC4eU

MONDAY 11:00 – 1:00

ON-LINE ONLY

Contact Denis

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

Online classroom is always open. 
Open enrollment during semester.

COST: 

  • $350 per semester for Charter students.
  • $300 for non charter school students.

    This class is offered online as well as in a classroom setting. 

This course covers advanced English communications for students of any age who can handle college preparatory material and is designed to prepare students for university studies and for SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams. Emphasis is placed upon innate language acquisition through immersion and emulation as well as an understanding of grammatical principles.

Writing and speaking skills and techniques are covered and works of the masters of spoken and written English arestudied. The list is flexible depending upon class enthusiasm but has in the past included Shakespeare, Swift, Dickens, Austen, J.S. Mill, Wilde, Shaw, Grahame, Wodehouse, Franklin, Jefferson, Paine, Lincoln, Twain, Fitzgerald, Churchill, King, Buckley, Baldwin and many other surpassingly brilliant but less well known writers and orators. (It is worth noting that one finds among these greats a disproportionately large percentage of homeschoolers.) All works are provided or linked to in the online classroom. College prep skills practiced will include note-taking, research and report writing, advanced vocabulary, language usage, comprehension and grammar. Students will write college admission essays, persuasive essays, SAT essays and reports and will prepare and deliver lectures and persuasive speeches. The class uses the one-room schoolhouse paradigm (See Advantages of the one-room schoolhouse approach to teaching). Please see our Writing Skills Playsheets for a taste of class content and style. Course includes personal instructor attention, traditional classroom/online video sessions, online text, extensive resources, graded compositions, moderated discussion forums and chatrooms.

Online text: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, College Prep English Practice by K. Titchenell.
Many text, audio, and video recording resources will be used and provided free of charge.

CONTACT: K. Titchenell (323) 432-7128
or email: eieclass@abacus-es.com

CHSPE  Prep Class

Taught by:

Denis

TBD

ON-LINE ONLY

Contact Denis

VENDOR WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

COST:  

  • $250.00 per semester. 
  • $200.00 for non charter school students per semester.

Those who have slipped the bit, bridle and blinders of K12 education, and fled stable and paddock to taste the joys of free-range education still find themselves subject to the yoke of state educational mandates – at least until graduation.  Fortunately, California offers a shortcut to graduation that most homeschoolers can use to put secondary school obligations behind them.  Unfortunately, very few are familiar with the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam), whose certificate of successful completion states unequivocally that it is for all legal purposes the equivalent f a High School diploma.

John Taylor Gatto, award winning teacher and luminary of the homeschooling movement, stated that a motivated student could  acquire the requisite K12 skills in about 100 hours of study.  There is no need for 12 years of pointless daily confinement with its enforced compliance and conformity.  Study for the CHSPE and put it all behind you.

CONTACT: K. Titchenell

(323) 432-7128
or email: eieclass@abacus-es.com