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How to have fun with others online during Christmas Break? It's no mystery! Join Mr. Kevin O'Brien and Homeschool Connections for this Christmas mystery theater! 

Total class meetings: 4

Class dates: Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 Monday, Jan. 3, 2022 Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes per session

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ⅓ semester Drama

Fee: $19.95 for all four sessions. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Mr. O'Brien will lead students in an interactive reading of one of his mystery shows! A number of students will be allowed to play roles during our Zoom meetings - and everybody will be involved in figuring out "whodunnit"!

Course outline: (day by day)

  1. Monday, Dec. 27 - Field of Screams

  2. Wednesday, Dec. 29 - The Hitchcock Homicide

  3. Monday, Jan. 3 - Chopped! in Pieces

  4. Wednesday, Jan. 5 - Gone with the Passing of the Wind

Course materials: Scripts to be provided FREE by the Instructor.

Homework: This is not a class! No grades, no homework, no worries! Just lots of mysterious fun! It's the Holiday Whodunnit Mystery Camp.

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Starts Starts: 12/27/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 1/5/2022 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 51 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 97 seats
 
Help your middle school student discover and master how to write essays, how to narrow and brainstorm ideas well, and the best ways to practice short essay writing. Take the 7/8-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes:
This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 7/8 students, is scheduled during four time slots in the spring semester. The smaller class size ensures excellent feedback on your student’s work. This is the third of a four-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 Series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:


Mondays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

January 10 to February 28, 2022

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Registration in Simplified Writing for Middle School 2: Introduction to Essays & Papers I (MS 7/8-2). Students may also take a placement test and, with an 80% or higher score, sign up for this course. Contact 
ebconroy@homeschoolconnections.com for information on the placement test.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with 7/8-4 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor for the live class: Erin M. Brown

Instructor(Grader): Ryan Starrett


Course Description: It’s time to help your student dive into longer essays! In this course, your student will put all previous writing knowledge and skills learned into practice, writing for longer pieces with specific feedback and coaching to help their writing improve. Your student will go through the start-to-finish process of creating an academic essay, with special attention given to choosing the right rhetoric, diction, and syntax (words and order) while specifically tackling their weaknesses, to give them the critical writing improvement and practice needed for upper-level writing. While previous classes taught the how and why of writing skills (with first-time introductions to ideas), this course gives your student critical practice that allows the knowledge to “sink in” within actual writing, to master those skills under the tutelage of a teacher and professional writer and be fully prepared for high school writing and beyond.

Course Outline:

Class 1: Types of essays – an introduction to rhetoric and choosing an essay topic

Class 2: Narrowing topics (from last class) brainstorming content for your topic and creating the thesis statement

Class 3: Analyzing and improving thesis statements (from last class) creating outlines

Class 4: Analyzing and improving outlines (from last class) creating introductions

Class 5: Creating rough drafts

Class 6: Revising the essay

Class 7: Editing the essay

Class 8: Formatting for the academic essay an introduction to style guides

Course Materials: Course materials are included free at this time students and families may be asked to purchase a $16 or less Simplified Writing Series book as it becomes available. The Microsoft Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required, as all assignments are submitted in Word. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 1/10/2022 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 2/28/2022 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
Class full
 
Help your middle school student discover and master how to write essays, how to narrow and brainstorm ideas well, and the best ways to practice short essay writing. Take the 7/8-4 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes:
This course, a continuation of the Simplified Writing series for 7/8 students, is scheduled during four time slots in the spring semester. The smaller class size ensures excellent feedback on your student’s work. This is the third of a four-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 Series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times: Mondays, 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, 1:00 Pacific)

January 10 to February 28, 2022

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Registration in Simplified Writing for Middle School 2: Introduction to Essays & Papers I (MS 7/8-2). Students may also take a placement test and, with an 80% or higher score, sign up for this course. Contact 
ebconroy@homeschoolconnections.com for information on the placement test.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th or accelerated 7th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Follow with 7/8-4 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Robin Conley (teaching the course Live)

Instructor: Ryan Starrett (will be the grader)

Course Description: It’s time to help your student dive into longer essays! In this course, your student will put all previous writing knowledge and skills learned into practice, writing for longer pieces with specific feedback and coaching to help your student's writing improve. Your student will go through the start-to-finish process of creating an academic essay, with special attention given to choosing the right rhetoric, diction, and syntax (words and order) while specifically tackling your student’s weaknesses, to give your student the critical writing improvement and practice needed for upper-level writing. While previous classes taught the how and why of writing skills (with first-time introductions to ideas), this course gives your student critical practice that allows the knowledge to “sink in” within actual writing, to master those skills under the tutelage of a teacher and professional writer and be fully prepared for high school writing and beyond.

Course Outline:

Class 1: Types of essays – an introduction to rhetoric and choosing an essay topic

Class 2: Narrowing topics (from last class) brainstorming content for your topic and creating the thesis statement

Class 3: Analyzing and improving thesis statements (from last class) creating outlines

Class 4: Analyzing and improving outlines (from last class) creating introductions

Class 5: Creating rough drafts

Class 6: Revising the essay

Class 7: Editing the essay

Class 8: Formatting for the academic essay an introduction to style guides

Course Materials: Course materials are included free at this time students and families may be asked to purchase a $16 or less Simplified Writing Series book as it becomes available. The Microsoft Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required, as all assignments are submitted in Word. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments, with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 1/10/2022 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/28/2022 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 15 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 
Continue studying life with this high school Biology 1 course covering anatomy and human body systems.

Special Notes:
This is Part Two of a 2-part course. If you would like to join us midyear, please email for permission from the instructor.

Total Classes: 14

Class Dates and Starting Times: Tuesdays, January 11 to April 26, 2022. (No class March 1 or April 12)

4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite:
Biology, Part One (available Live or through Unlimited Access) or equivalent

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit:
One full semester Biology or Science

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Christine Hamilton, PhD

Course Description: Prepares the student for ACT/SAT biology. Students are expected to take notes during class and ask questions. Notes will help with weekly quizzes quizzes are open book. This Biology class is a general overview of high school Biology presented from a Catholic perspective.

Course Outline:

Class 1: Bacteria and Viruses

Class 2: Protista and Fungi

Class 3: Plant Diversity, Responses, and Adaptation

Class 4: Roots, Stems, Leaves, and Reproduction of Seed Plants

Class 5: Invertebrates

Class 6: Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles

Class 7: Birds and Mammals

Class 8: Comparing Chordates and Behavior

Class 9: Nervous System

Class 10: Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary Systems

Class 11: Circulatory and Respiratory Systems

Class 12: Digestive and Excretory Systems

Class 13: Endocrine and Reproductive Systems

Class 14: Human Biology

Course Materials: Prentice Hall Biology ISBN-13: 978-0131662551 ISBN-10: 0131662554 (
www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0131662554/catholictreas-20)

Homework: Weekly vocabulary, reading, and quizzes. Approximately 1 to 2 hours per week.
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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/26/2022 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 14
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 4 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Continue to advance your critical thinking skills through the analysis of literature and film. Join us as we go deep into the study of literary devices and how they translate into film.

Special notes:
This is Part Two of a two-part course. Though students can sign up for both parts or take the courses independently it is recommended that students sign up for and complete both courses.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to April 5, 2022. (No class February 22)

Starting Time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 11th to 12th grade 9th to 10th grade students are welcome on the parents’ judgment since some movies contain mature themes (see the list of movies under the Course Outline).

Suggested Credit: One full semester English, Literature, or Film & Literary Analysis

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Sharon Hamric-Weis, B.S.ED, J.D.

Course Description: This course continues literary analysis of written and cinematic works and their accompanying writing assignments to strengthen your student’s critical thinking, literary analysis, and upper-level writing skills. Using movies as well as published works, students study structure, character development, scene, setting, plot, and theme – with the purpose of preparing for the study of literature at the college level. Students will view movies biweekly with a parent or on their own in order to discuss the elements of literature. On alternate weeks, class discussion will focus on selected texts only, while employing critical thinking skills. This high-interest course continues your student’s ability to enhance critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills using classical works – while enjoying learning the same time.

Course Outline:

Class 1: Analyzing Quo Vadis

Part I Scene and setting presented in the movie

Class 2: Analyzing Quo Vadis

Part II Comparison of scene and setting from movie to book

Class 3: Analyzing Gulliver’s Travels

Part I Theme presented in the movie

Class 4: Analyzing Gulliver’s Travels

Part II Comparison of theme from movie to book

Class 5: Analyzing A Tale of Two Cities

Part I Plot and conflict presented in the movie

Class 6: Analyzing A Tale of Two Cities

Part II Comparison of plot and conflict from movie to book

Class 7: Analyzing Ben Hur

Part I Character development presented in the movie

Class 8: Analyzing Ben Hur

Part II Comparison of character development from movie to book

Class 9: Analyzing Great Expectations

Part I Plot twist

Class 10: Analyzing Great Expectations

Part II Comparison of plot twist from movie to book

Class 11: Analyzing Les Miserables (1982 version)

Part I Character arc

Class 12: Analyzing Les Miserables

Part II Comparison of character arc from movie to book

Course Materials: Students will access available movies and books on their own or through resources provided. Because some of the classic works are secular, parents may wish to pre-screen the cinematic version and fast-forward through any potential sensitive material. All analysis will be filtered through the faith-based, Catholic perspective.

Homework: Your student should expect to spend an estimated three to four hours on homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability. Homework includes reading, viewing films, automated quizzes on odd weeks, and short essay assignments (1 to 2 pages) on even weeks. To increase your student’s skills, the instructor grades writing assignments with direct feedback. It is recommended that students begin familiarizing themselves with the books before the first day of class, since there is substantial reading in this course. Week 11 may be used as a catch-up period at the instructor's discretion, and the focus of Week 12 may be limited to discussion of the movie Les Miserables only.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/5/2022 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Your college-bound student will continue to enjoy discovering God's creation at the atomic level in this rigorous Chemistry course where you’ll learn Nuclear Chemistry, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, States of Matter, Thermochemistry, and more!

Special notes:
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register in the same time-period as your 1st semester class. Choose the time that best fits your family’s schedule. One week the live classes may be changed to a pre-recorded class. Chemistry LAB is optional and a separate registration. Any parent who wishes for their student to join us midyear must email the instructor (
kathys.chemsitry@gmail.com) to discuss if this is possible.

Total classes: 34 (class meets twice per week).

Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 11 to May 17, 2022 (No class April 12 & 14 for Holy Week or May 12) (Final exam due May 20)

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain, 7:00 Pacific)


Duration: 75 minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Prerequisite: Chemistry, Part One. If you wish to register for this class without having completed part one of this course live, you must have instructor permission.

Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade advanced 10th grade students may register.

Suggested high school credit: One full semester Chemistry or Science

Fee: $297 if you register on or before ­­­­­­­­­­­­­ November 15, 2021 $317 after ­­­­­­­­­­­­­ November 14 for all 34 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Mrs. Kathy Dutton

Course description: We will be studying God's creation at the atomic level and discovering how marvelous it is. This is a rigorous, college-prep Chemistry course. Over both semesters, we will cover a wide range of topics, including Structure of Matter, States of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Equilibrium, and Thermochemistry. We will also consider how Chemistry is important in our day-to-day life.

There will be three tracks through this class:

Chemistry – This is the classic Chemistry class that most students will opt for.

Honors Chemistry – When a student, on the Chemistry track, earns enough extra credit and completes enough challenging material to list this course as Honors Chemistry. This option is designed for academically gifted students, or those that have a desire to complete more rigorous work. The extra credit is available to all students, even if they are not attempting Honors Chemistry.

General Chemistry – This option is a bit less intense the math is a bit easier, they skip a few topics, and the required assignments are a bit easier. This option is designed for students who struggle, or those with limited time or desire. This option is only available by parent request. Requests must be made before the first day of class.

Course outline:

Topic 1: Chemical Quantities

Topic 2: Chemical Reaction

Topic 3: Stoichiometry

Topic 4: States of Matter

Topic 5: Solutions

Topic 6: Thermochemistry

Topic 7: Reaction Rates and Equilibrium

Topic 8: Acids and Bases

Topic 9: Nuclear Chemistry

Course materials and technology:

Text: 
Chemistry, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2008) ISBN: 0-13-251210-6. (We recommend buying used. It can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0132512106/catholictreas-20.)

Computer with a microphone. (This is an interactive class microphones are mandatory.))

Scientific Calculator (I demo on a TI-30x iis).

Scanner or smartphone with Adobe Scan (or like) app that can scan multiple pages and save as a single PDF file.

Homework: Assignments include homework and a quiz with each chapter, unit tests, and a final exam. Most students will complete the weekly assignments in about 4 hours some students need more time. Most assignments are completed online some assignments will need to be hand-written, then scanned, and uploaded (as a PDF) for grading. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions daily via the class discussion (forum). Mrs. Dutton will grade all assignments and give an overall grade for this course.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/17/2022 11:15 AM
Sessions Sessions: 34
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 5 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Your college-bound student will continue to enjoy discovering God's creation at the atomic level in this rigorous Chemistry course where you’ll learn Nuclear Chemistry, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, States of Matter, Thermochemistry, and more!

Special notes:
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register in the same time-period as your 1st semester class. Choose the time that best fits your family’s schedule. One week the live classes may be changed to a pre-recorded class. Chemistry LAB is optional and a separate registration. Any parent who wishes for their student to join us midyear must email the instructor (
kathys.chemsitry@gmail.com) to discuss if this is possible.

Total classes: 34 (class meets twice per week).

Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 11 to May 17, 2022 (No class April 12 & 14 for Holy Week or May 12) (Final exam due May 20)

Starting time: 
1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central, 11:00 Mountain, 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 75 minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Prerequisite: Chemistry, Part One. If you wish to register for this class without having completed part one of this course live, you must have instructor permission.

Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade advanced 10th grade students may register.

Suggested high school credit: One full semester Chemistry or Science

Fee: $297 if you register on or before ­­­­­­­­­­­­­ November 15, 2021 $317 after ­­­­­­­­­­­­­ November 14 for all 34 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Mrs. Kathy Dutton

Course description: We will be studying God's creation at the atomic level and discovering how marvelous it is. This is a rigorous, college-prep Chemistry course. Over both semesters, we will cover a wide range of topics, including Structure of Matter, States of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Equilibrium, and Thermochemistry. We will also consider how Chemistry is important in our day-to-day life.

There will be three tracks through this class:

Chemistry – This is the classic Chemistry class that most students will opt for.

Honors Chemistry – When a student, on the Chemistry track, earns enough extra credit and completes enough challenging material to list this course as Honors Chemistry. This option is designed for academically gifted students, or those that have a desire to complete more rigorous work. The extra credit is available to all students, even if they are not attempting Honors Chemistry.

General Chemistry – This option is a bit less intense the math is a bit easier, they skip a few topics, and the required assignments are a bit easier. This option is designed for students who struggle, or those with limited time or desire. This option is only available by parent request. Requests must be made before the first day of class.

Course outline:

Topic 1: Chemical Quantities

Topic 2: Chemical Reaction

Topic 3: Stoichiometry

Topic 4: States of Matter

Topic 5: Solutions

Topic 6: Thermochemistry

Topic 7: Reaction Rates and Equilibrium

Topic 8: Acids and Bases

Topic 9: Nuclear Chemistry

Course materials and technology:

Text:
 Chemistry, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2008)ISBN: 0-13-251210-6. (We recommend buying used. It can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0132512106/catholictreas-20.)

Computer with a microphone. (This is an interactive class microphones are mandatory.))

Scientific Calculator (I demo on a TI-30x iis).

Scanner or smartphone with Adobe Scan (or like) app that can scan multiple pages and save as a single PDF file.

Homework: Assignments include homework and a quiz with each chapter, unit tests, and a final exam. Most students will complete the weekly assignments in about 4 hours some students need more time. Most assignments are completed online some assignments will need to be hand-written, then scanned, and uploaded (as a PDF) for grading. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer questions daily via the class discussion (forum). Mrs. Dutton will grade all assignments and give an overall grade for this course.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 5/17/2022 2:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 34
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Do you love stories? Do you want college writing to be easier? When you join this hands-on, high-interest creative writing course, you’ll learn exceptional fiction and literature must-haves and writing know-how for Theme, Style, & Point of View Conflict & Creating the Breakout Novel and Writing the Short Story…and learn how to transfer those skills into all of your writing!

Notes: This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats and they have met the minimum prerequisites. Students are encouraged to take The Hero’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers or Screenwriting at the same time as the series courses or following the series courses.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Tuesday, January 11 to  April 5 (No Class March 1)

Starting time: Tuesdays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 PM Central, 12:30 PM Mountain, 11:30 AM Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

PrerequisiteRequired for high school students: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Recommended for high school students: HS 9-2. Prerequisites can be taken can be taken concurrently.

Required for middle school students: the full 6/7 and 7/8 series of courses. Recommended: middle school fiction writing. 

Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 11th grade however, all students are welcome

Suggested Credit: 1 full semester Creative Writing, Fiction Writing, or English

Fee: $237 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $257 after Nov. 18 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Robin Conley, MFA

Course Description: “What makes great fiction? And how can I use fiction writing to make all of my writing dynamic, interesting, and strong?” In this course (the second of two successive courses), you’ll learn what makes excellent fiction writing and hone your writing skills through the elements and writing techniques of excellent story. Whether you want to write a novel or want to be a dynamic, successful writer in all that you do learning the elements of theme, writing style, point of view, creating conflict, and “what makes a short story great” allows you to write exceptionally well, raise your written communication skills, become skilled in the elements of literary analysis, and be fully prepared for college and beyond.

Course Outline:

Theme, Style, & Point of View

In the first 4 weeks, the student learns how to create dynamic theme, style, and point of view for fiction books of any genre for middle grade, young adult, and adult plots.

  • Class 1: What is theme and how to use it in your book

  • Class 2: What is style and how to develop your own style

  • Class 3: Point of view

  • Class 4: Integrating theme, style, and point of view to create a dynamic story

Conflict & Creating the Breakout Novel

In the next four weeks, students learn how to create conflict that drives any story forward as well as how to implement the Christian worldview into story conflict.

  • Class 5: What makes a great novel and “stakes” (personal and universal)

  • Class 6: Conflict in the setting, characters, and plot

  • Class 7: Playing the “what if” game: making your character do the unthinkable

  • Class 8: Cliffhangers, self-sacrifice, and turning points

Writing the Short Story

The final four weeks answers, “What makes a short story?” Using famous short stories and dynamic how-to content, students learn how to write a dynamic, publishable short story—including developing ideas for short stories, the similarities and differences between short stories and full-length book writing, and marketing short stories to publications.

  • Class 9: Defining short stories: micro fiction, flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, and novella

  • Class 10: Characteristics of dynamic, saleable short stories

  • Class 11: Brainstorming, outlining, and forming your short story

  • Class 12: Who buys and publishes short stories? Short story markets and sales

Course Materials: All materials are provided FREE in the course. Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Weekly writing assignments with direct feedback from Ms. Conley, with an estimated three to four hours per week for homework outside of class time that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/5/2022 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 11 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 

Continue your study of French, a beautiful, rich, melodious, and analytical language that encourages critical thinking in the student.

Special Notes: This course only takes 20 students – register early to ensure a seat.

This is part two of a two-part course.

If you would like to join this course midyear (without Part One), email Dr. LaPierre at hsc.nathalie@gmail.com for approval.

Total Classes: 13

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to April 19, 2022. (No class Mar. 1 or April 12)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central, 9:30 Mountain, 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: French 1, Part One or equivalent. If you are unsure which French course to take, you can email Dr. LaPierre at hsc.nathalie@gmail.com.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester French or Foreign Language

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 13 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Nathalie LaPierre, DVM

Course Description: More than 220 million people speak French on all five continents. Therefore, the ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. It is a culture that has influenced the Western World, and the Americas, and it is a beautiful and fun language to learn. In Part Two of this course, we will learn more irregular verbs in the present tense, and we will learn imperative, ‘near future’, and an introduction to ‘passé composé’ verb tenses. We will learn basic vocabulary words related to our homes, rooms, furniture, food/meals, animals, calendar, weather/seasons, measuring in French, stores/shopping, restaurant/transportation and profession.

Course Outline:

Week One: Review verbs avoir/être, verbes réguliers -er, verbes réguliers -ir, aller, faire greetings, writing numbers, large numbers, comparing

Week Two: house/furniture vocabulary and verb tense ‘futur proche’

Week Three: Verbe vouloir/pouvoir, verbes boire/voir/dire, imperatif vocabulary words concerning meals and dishes

Week Four: Review, test 1

Week Five: More on food, Study an authentic French text: Dame Tartine

Week Six: Verbes -re, verbe ‘devoir’ names of animals

Week Seven: Review of verbs how to study verbs calendar: days of the week, months, vocabulary concerning time

Week Eight: Review, vocabulary concerning the seasons and the weather

Week Nine: Review 2 and Test 2

Week Ten: Le passé compose, adverbs, shopping

Week Eleven: Travels, restaurants

Week Twelve: Professions

Week Thirteen: Review 3 Test 3

Course Materials: First Start French level 1 Student Edition by Danielle L. Schultz, Memoria Press ISBN# 978-1-93095-365-9 (https://amzn.to/2rAC5Mm)

Homework: Learning a second language is demanding. Depending on your goals, a minimum of 30 minutes a day is recommended. To help the memorization of the vocabulary words and grammar rules, different exercises have been developed for this class. There are: recordings for the vocabulary words, or the lesson of the week, the student can listen and repeat what he hears to develop his speech quizzes on Moodle and the exercises from the Student book. Quizlet sets (always in progress) help him memorize the meaning of words, their grammatical gender, their spelling and conjugation of verbs. Each week, a unique assignment has been created by the teacher for grading purposes, except the week the students have a test.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 13
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 6 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 

Continue your study of French, a beautiful, rich, melodious, and analytical language that encourages critical thinking in the student.

Special Notes: This course only takes 20 students – register early to ensure a seat.

This is part two of a two-part course.

If you would like to join this course midyear (without Part One), email Dr. LaPierre at hsc.nathalie@gmail.com for approval.

Total Classes: 13

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to April 19, 2022. (No class Mar. 1 or April 12)

Starting Time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central, 2:00 Mountain, 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: French 1, Part One or equivalent. If you are unsure which French course to take, you can email Dr. LaPierre at hsc.nathalie@gmail.com.

Suggested Grade Level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester French or Foreign Language

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 13 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Nathalie LaPierre, DVM

Course Description: More than 220 million people speak French on all five continents. Therefore, the ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. It is a culture that has influenced the Western World, and the Americas, and it is a beautiful and fun language to learn. In Part Two of this course, we will learn more irregular verbs in the present tense, and we will learn imperative, ‘near future’, and an introduction to ‘passé composé’ verb tenses. We will learn basic vocabulary words related to our homes, rooms, furniture, food/meals, animals, calendar, weather/seasons, measuring in French, stores/shopping, restaurant/transportation and profession.

Course Outline:

Week One: Review verbs avoir/être, verbes réguliers -er, verbes réguliers -ir, aller, faire greetings, writing numbers, large numbers, comparing

Week Two: house/furniture vocabulary and verb tense ‘futur proche’

Week Three: Verbe vouloir/pouvoir, verbes boire/voir/dire, imperatif vocabulary words concerning meals and dishes

Week Four: Review, test 1

Week Five: More on food, Study an authentic French text: Dame Tartine

Week Six: Verbes -re, verbe ‘devoir’ names of animals

Week Seven: Review of verbs how to study verbs calendar: days of the week, months, vocabulary concerning time

Week Eight: Review, vocabulary concerning the seasons and the weather

Week Nine: Review 2 and Test 2

Week Ten: Le passé compose, adverbs, shopping

Week Eleven: Travels, restaurants

Week Twelve: Professions

Week Thirteen: Review 3 Test 3

Course Materials: First Start French level 1 Student Edition by Danielle L. Schultz, Memoria Press ISBN# 978-1-93095-365-9 (https://amzn.to/2rAC5Mm)

Homework: Learning a second language is demanding. Depending on your goals, a minimum of 30 minutes a day is recommended. To help the memorization of the vocabulary words and grammar rules, different exercises have been developed for this class. There are: recordings for the vocabulary words, or the lesson of the week, the student can listen and repeat what he hears to develop his speech quizzes on Moodle and the exercises from the Student book. Quizlet sets (always in progress) help him memorize the meaning of words, their grammatical gender, their spelling and conjugation of verbs. Each week, a unique assignment has been created by the teacher for grading purposes, except the week the students have a test.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2022 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 13
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 9 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 
Continue growing strong and confident in French with Part Two. Since so many English words are derived from French, students will also experience improved overall vocabulary.

Special Notes:
This course only takes 20 students – register early to ensure a seat

This is Part Two of a 2-Part course. Students can join us midyear with teacher approval if there is an open seat.

Total Classes: 13

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to April 19, 2022. (No class Mar. 1 or April 12)

Starting Time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central, 8:00 Mountain, 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: French 2, Part One or equivalent. If you are unsure which French course to take, you can email Dr. LaPierre at 
hsc.nathalie@gmail.com.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade.

Suggested Credit: One full semester French 2 or Foreign Language.

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 13 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Nathalie LaPierre, DVM

Course Description: More than 220 million people speak French on all five continents. Therefore, the ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. It is a culture that has influenced the Western World, and the Americas, and it is a beautiful and fun language to learn. In Part Two of this course we will learn pronouns: Tonique, reflexive, complement d’objet direct/indirect, pronoun of places, interrogative pronouns, relative pronouns how to introduce people to one another, immediate past and future verb tenses difference between an/année, jour/journée, soir/soirée prepositions and adverbs of place/time, when to use c’est or il est expressions with ‘coup’

Course Outline: The spring semester will cover lessons 19-36.

Week One: Welcome back, disjunctive pronouns and introducing one another

Week Two: reflexive verbs, asking questions

Week Three: Immediate past (verb tense used in spoken language)

Week Four: Review 1, Test 1

Week Five: Vocabulary nuances, pronouns ‘en/y’

Week Six: Prepositions, writing sentences

Week Seven: More on reflexive verbs, c’est/il y a/il est

Week Eight: Review 2, Test 2

Week Nine: Relative pronouns

Week Ten: Futur simple, depuis/pendant/pour

Week Eleven: Expressions with ‘coup’

Week Twelve: All vocabulary, entre/pour/par

Week Thirteen: Review 3, Test 3

Course Materials: First Start French Level II by Danielle L. Schultz, Memoria Press, 2009, ISBN# 978-1-93095-363-5 (
https://amzn.to/3l2E8TO)

and

Discovering French Blanc, Valette et Valette, edition McDougal Littell, ISBN: 0-618-03505-2 (
https://amzn.to/3bW5mr0). We recommend purchasing used.

Homework: Learning a second language is demanding. Depending on your goals, a minimum of 30 minutes a day is recommended. To help the memorization of the vocabulary words and grammar rules, different exercises have been developed for this class. There are: recordings for the vocabulary words, or the lesson of the week, the student can listen and repeat what he hears to develop his speech quizlet sets help him to memorize the meaning of words, their grammatical gender, their spelling and associations with other words quizzes on Moodle and of course, the exercises from the Student book. Each week, a unique assignment has been created by the teacher for grading purposes, except the week the students have a test.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2022 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 13
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 1 open seat left
Class Size Class size: 22 seats
 
Continue your study in French and open up opportunities in travel, literary studies, business, learning other Romance languages, and more.

Special Notes:
This course only takes 12 students. Register early to ensure a seat. This is Part Two of a 2-part course. Students can join us midyear with teacher approval if there is an open seat.

Total Classes: 13

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 to April 19, 2022. (No class Mar. 1 or April 12)

Starting Time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central, 12:30 Mountain, 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Instructor: Nathalie Lapierre, DVM

Prerequisite: French 3 (Advanced French), Part One. If you are unsure which French course to take, you can email Dr. LaPierre at 
hsc.nathalie@gmail.com.

Suggested Grade Level: 10th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester Advanced French or Foreign Language

Fee: $217 if you register on or before November 15, 2021. $237 after Nov. 15 for all 13 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Course Description: More than 220 million people speak French on all five continents. Therefore, the ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market. It is a culture that has influenced the Western World, and the Americas, and it is a beautiful and fun language to learn. At this level, the student is ready to engage and use the language in basic conversations. In Part Two of the course, travels, passports/borders, airport and train stations, at how to ask for service/lodging at the hotel, going to the doctor, how to set a meeting in town, how to explain where you live, friendships, relationships, feelings, how to congratulate someone/console someone, professions, how to look for employment negative expressions, comparing, interrogative/demonstrative/possessive/relative pronouns, si + imparfait, plus-que-parfait, future, conditional, and subjunctive verb tenses.

Course Outline:

Week One: Unité 5 Les voyages!

Week Two: Unité 5 Partons en voyage

Week Three: Unité 6 Séjour en France: À l’hôtel

Week Four: Unité 6 Séjour en France: Services à l’hôtel

Week Five: Unité 7 La forme et la santé: Une visite médicale

Week Six: Unité 7 La forme et la santé: Accidents et soins dentaires

Week Seven: Unité 8 En ville: Un rendez-vous en ville

Week Eight: Unité 8 En ville: Comment expliquer ou on habite

Week Nine: Unité 9 Relations personnelles: Les amis, les copins et les relations personnelles

Week Ten: Unité 9 Les relations personnelles: Les phases de la vie

Week Eleven: Unité 10 Vers la vie active: Études ou travail?

Week Twelve: Unité 10 Vers la vie active: La vie professionnelle

Week Thirteen: Les vacances d’été presentation

Course Materials: McDougal Littell Discovering French Nouveau: Student Edition Level 3 2001 ISBN-13: 978-0618035069 (
https://amzn.to/3r51zxr)

Homework: Learning a second language is demanding. Depending on your goals, a minimum of 30 minutes a day is recommended. To help the memorization of the vocabulary words and grammar rules, different exercises have been developed for this class. There are: recordings for the vocabulary words, or the lesson of the week, the student can listen and repeat what he hears to develop his speech quizzes on Moodle and of course, the exercises from the Student book. Quizlet sets can be developed for some supplemental help. Students will need a headset and the ability to record their homework for speech grading.

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Starts Starts: 1/11/2022 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/19/2022 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 13
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 6 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
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