Full Year - 2 Semesters
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Vocabulary development is a key indicator of college success. Is your student's vocabulary where it needs to be? Perhaps while your student's reading vocabulary is excellent, that extensive vocabulary rarely appears in his or her speech or writing, or when it does appear, your student misuses words. Some forget their newly learned words as soon as the school year finishes.
Research confirms that students will quickly forget memorized lists of words and their definitions and be unable to use many of them properly in sentences. Rather than focus on memorizing such lists, this course emphasizes mastery and the ability to use all forms of a word in both oral and written speech. This course WILL include memorization, but memorization is NOT the focus.
Classes consist of instruction and abundant in-class practice using both new and review words in a variety of games, activities, and exercises. At the end of the year, students will not just know the last few words learned. Those who have completed their work will have MASTERED ALL their words, from the first through the last! Moreover, they will have had fun doing it!
Vocabulary courses are cumulative with each year building on previous ones and containing plenty of review.
The grammar and punctuation portions of this course focus on students' top problem areas and review critical concepts necessary to proper sentence construction and punctuation. Practicing these skills in various fun individual and group activities, exercises, and games builds mastery. When coupling this class with our writing & literature courses, students learn to use language more effectively.
For students who already have a thorough background in grammar, the grammar and punctuation portions of this course will provide an easy method of review and reinforcement, keeping alive what they have already learned. For students who have minimal background in grammar, this course will strengthen the areas that will have the most impact on their writing.
Classes meet for 1 hour every week for 30 weeks.
Study time to allow for this course: In addition to class sessions, students should expect to spend approximately two hours per week preparing for class. Due to the nature of the material, the tools they will be using, and the course objective of mastery, students MUST study daily for 30 minutes/day on four days out of the week. Ensure your student's success by reserving daily study time for this course. You will be amazed at the results!
Enrollment closes August 15 or when the class is full (15 students).
Instructor: Sandra Selling
800.578.2527 | 941.676.3140
All materials for this course are provided.
Parents are always welcome to attend student classes or watch class recordings at their convenience.
All new parents of students enrolled with Inspired Writing and Literature (IWL) for the first time are invited to attend a required introductory webinar to learn ways they can support their students at home and help to ensure their success. Here they also will learn what student progress to expect from the course, how to monitor their progress, and how this course contributes to meeting college admissions requirements, as well as the best ways to communicate with the instructor.
Returning parents are encouraged to attend if they feel the need for review.
A time for questions will follow the session. This webinar is offered once in the morning and once in the evening Monday, September 14, the first regular week of class. See the Academic Calendar for these dates and times.
During the school year, parents monitor their students' progress to ensure they remain current with lessons and assignments. Grades, as well as completed and edited assignments, are always accessible online to both students and parents 24/7.
To maximize the use of class time for learning, parents administer and proctor longer tests at home during a time convenient to them. Parents will receive both guidance and support in this if they desire.
I am readily available to both parent and student for consultation and help with current lessons during the week in my online office hours, and at other times by appointment. I am also available throughout the school day via chat and video webinar through Zoom services. If you are unfamiliar with these services, they are provided to you free of charge along with any help you need to use them. You will love the degree of teacher accessibility this service offers you and your students!
In my online office, I can see and type on your student's paper or share a book as we talk. He or she can do the same and can also write and draw on the whiteboard or document on my screen. We can find resources together on the internet or pull up any needed materials or papers from our computers. I can help with drafts, the organization of files in file folders, and even occasionally walk them through using helpful features on their computers. Parents are encouraged to join student consultations whenever possible.
In the Parent Group, parents will find a forum where they can ask questions of the group or me and share information, ideas, and advice. I love it when moms, dads, or students from last year can answer questions or reassure newcomers from the perspective of one who has been there. Please feel free to jump in if you have something to add. Of course, if you have a highly personal question that would not be of interest to others, you may Zoom, call, book an appointment, or email me privately. Be sure to put the word PARENT or STUDENT in all caps on the subject line of any emails. Doing this will highlight your email so that it stands out.