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Advanced Language Arts

Experiencing literature, literary analysis, grammar, writing



Monique Sanderson


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-2) 10:10-11:30   (Tues-4) 1:30-2:50

(Wed-2) 10:10-11:30   (Wed-4) 1:30-2:50


Pre-requisites for class:

*See below


Graduation requirement:


  • Course Description

The focus of this course will be the advanced understanding of grammar concepts (students in this class should already be familiar with the parts of speech and noun functions), experiencing great writing through great literature, and the basics of literary analysis such as character development, setting, theme, and symbolism. 


In addition, writing will be taught using the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) methodology and a Greek or Latin root word will be taught each week to increase vocabulary and comprehension. 


Books will be marked in; please purchase students their own copies

PRE-REQUISITES: Students must have an understanding of the parts of speech as well as noun functions (subject, direct object, indirect object, predicate nominative, object of the preposition, appositives, and noun of direct address). If you are unsure if this class or the Intermediate Language Arts will be a better fit for your student, please contact the instructor. 

Class periods will consist of grammar lessons, including learning and drilling new concepts, reviewing the literature, learning a root word, and understanding writing through the IEW program.

Homework will include grammar practice, writing assignments, reading the assigned literature and answering questions, and vocabulary development.  Students will be responsible for homework each week as well as one project per novel. 


Homework time commitment will be approximately one to two hours per week.

  • Required Books & Materials
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A Long Walk to Water

by Linda Sue Park

ISBN: 9780547577319


My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George

ISBN: 8601404321153


The Giver

by Lois Lowry

ISBN: 9780544336261


The False Prince

 by Jennifer Nielsen

ISBN: 9780545284141

  • 1.5” binder

  • 4 dividers (Labeled: Grammar, Writing, Literature, Graded Papers)

  • notebook paper

  • pens (blue or black only), pencil

  • scannable app (or another scanning app of your choice)

  • Internet access

  • Printer for homework

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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