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Make your writing strong & clear- and master the most critical foundations needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during six time slots in the fall. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-3 and 9-4) for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

October 18 to December 13, 2021 (No class Nov. 1)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken either live or through Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade: however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 1 (HS 9-1) for a full semester.

Instructors: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 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.)

Course Description: In this key foundational course, gain the skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothing—to articulate ideas well in writing for all of high-school-level work. The most important foundations of high school writing are introduced and discussed, and students learn the keys to perfecting strong sentences and paragraphs learn nine basic forms of rhetoric focus on linear academic writing for a purpose practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use) learn how to recognize and correct common grammar struggles understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills and practice sculpting a piece of writing with direction, receiving specific feedback from the instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice

  • Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction

  • Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)

  • Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism

  • Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash conquering common grammar struggles

  • Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion prewriting for success

  • Class 8: Drafting for success editing and polishing your writing

Course Materials:

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 10/18/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Make your writing strong & clear- and master the most critical foundations needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during six time slots in the fall. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-3 and 9-4) for a full year of Writing.


Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

October 18 to December 13, 2021 (No class Nov. 1)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken either live or through Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade: however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 1 (HS 9-1) for a full semester.

Instructors: Nick Wilson

Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 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.)

Course Description: In this key foundational course, gain the skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothing—to articulate ideas well in writing for all of high-school-level work. The most important foundations of high school writing are introduced and discussed, and students learn the keys to perfecting strong sentences and paragraphs learn nine basic forms of rhetoric focus on linear academic writing for a purpose practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use) learn how to recognize and correct common grammar struggles understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills and practice sculpting a piece of writing with direction, receiving specific feedback from the instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice

  • Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction

  • Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)

  • Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism

  • Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash conquering common grammar struggles

  • Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion prewriting for success

  • Class 8: Drafting for success editing and polishing your writing

Course Materials:

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 10/18/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 27 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Make your writing strong & clear- and master the most critical foundations needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during six time slots in the fall. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-3 and 9-4) 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)

October 18 to December 13, 2021 (No class Nov. 1)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken either live or through Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade: however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 1 (HS 9-1) for a full semester.

Instructors: Nick Wilson

Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 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.)

Course Description: In this key foundational course, gain the skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothing—to articulate ideas well in writing for all of high-school-level work. The most important foundations of high school writing are introduced and discussed, and students learn the keys to perfecting strong sentences and paragraphs learn nine basic forms of rhetoric focus on linear academic writing for a purpose practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use) learn how to recognize and correct common grammar struggles understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills and practice sculpting a piece of writing with direction, receiving specific feedback from the instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice

  • Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction

  • Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)

  • Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism

  • Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash conquering common grammar struggles

  • Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion prewriting for success

  • Class 8: Drafting for success editing and polishing your writing

Course Materials:

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 10/18/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Make your writing strong & clear- and master the most critical foundations needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during six time slots in the fall. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-3 and 9-4) for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

October 20 to December 15, 2021. (No class Dec. 8)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken either live or through Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade: however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 1 (HS 9-1) for a full semester.

Instructors: Sharon Hamric-Weis, BSEd, JD

Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 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.)

Course Description: In this key foundational course, gain the skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothing—to articulate ideas well in writing for all of high-school-level work. The most important foundations of high school writing are introduced and discussed, and students learn the keys to perfecting strong sentences and paragraphs learn nine basic forms of rhetoric focus on linear academic writing for a purpose practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use) learn how to recognize and correct common grammar struggles understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills and practice sculpting a piece of writing with direction, receiving specific feedback from the instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice

  • Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction

  • Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)

  • Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism

  • Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash conquering common grammar struggles

  • Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion prewriting for success

  • Class 8: Drafting for success editing and polishing your writing

Course Materials:

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 10/20/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/15/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Make your writing strong & clear- and master the most critical foundations needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during six time slots in the fall. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-3 and 9-4) for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

October 20 to December 15, 2021. (No class Dec. 8)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken either live or through Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade: however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 1 (HS 9-1) for a full semester.

Instructors: Nick Wilson

Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 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.)

Course Description: In this key foundational course, gain the skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothing—to articulate ideas well in writing for all of high-school-level work. The most important foundations of high school writing are introduced and discussed, and students learn the keys to perfecting strong sentences and paragraphs learn nine basic forms of rhetoric focus on linear academic writing for a purpose practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use) learn how to recognize and correct common grammar struggles understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills and practice sculpting a piece of writing with direction, receiving specific feedback from the instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice

  • Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction

  • Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)

  • Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism

  • Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash conquering common grammar struggles

  • Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion prewriting for success

  • Class 8: Drafting for success editing and polishing your writing

Course Materials:

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 10/20/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 12/15/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 

Make your writing strong & clear- and master the most critical foundations needed for excellent high school writing. Take the 9-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during six time slots in the fall. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-3 and 9-4) for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

October 21 to December 16, 2021. (No class Nov. 25)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation and Grammar I (HS 9-1). Prerequisite can be taken either live or through Unlimited Access. Alternative to prerequisite: a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage Assessment service, https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade: however, all students are welcome.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 1 (HS 9-1) for a full semester.

Instructors: Nick Wilson

Fee: $177 on or before July 15, 2021. $197 after July 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.)

Course Description: In this key foundational course, gain the skills that make writing strong and clear, lacking nothing—to articulate ideas well in writing for all of high-school-level work. The most important foundations of high school writing are introduced and discussed, and students learn the keys to perfecting strong sentences and paragraphs learn nine basic forms of rhetoric focus on linear academic writing for a purpose practice transitions and connectives, parallelism, paraphrasing, and summary review punctuation as it influences excellence in writing (comma, semicolon, colon, and dash use) learn how to recognize and correct common grammar struggles understand the characteristics of an effective introduction, body, and conclusion learn prewriting, drafting, and editing skills and practice sculpting a piece of writing with direction, receiving specific feedback from the instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Audience, purpose, and word choice

  • Class 2: Perfecting strong sentence and paragraph construction

  • Class 3: Nine forms of rhetoric (and what they have to do with great writing)

  • Class 4: Linear writing for a purpose: more strong sentences and paragraphs

  • Class 5: How to effectively use transitions/connectives and parallelism

  • Class 6: Punctuation and excellent writing: the comma, colon, semicolon, and dash conquering common grammar struggles

  • Class 7: The introduction, body, and conclusion prewriting for success

  • Class 8: Drafting for success editing and polishing your writing

Course Materials:

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Expect an estimated five hours per week for homework (outside of class time) that includes reading, writing, and responding to feedback.

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Starts Starts: 10/21/2021 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/16/2021 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Closed Enrollment
 
Excel in all of learning with this absolutely FREE 4-Session course! Learn the most important, must-have skills for school success, and find out how to get the highest listening skills for understanding, how to take the best notes from a lecture and from a text, how to listen and read “actively” for greater connection and higher comprehension, the best ways to prepare for a test, how to take timed tests effectively and more!

Special Notes:
Homeschool Connections offers this course absolutely free, as it lays a foundation of study skills to help students be successful in all of their school courses.

Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered twice in the fall semester and once in the Spring semester. Choose the dates and times that work best for your family.

Total Classes: 4

Class Dates and Times:

Fridays, October 22 to November 12, 2021

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 7th to 12th grade

Fee: FREE

Instructor: Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA

Course Description: Get the skills to become strong, confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success! This course is a must-have for students who want to make learning and test taking the easiest (and most successful) that it can be. You’ll learn the skills of active listening and active reading (what they are and how they work for you), note taking and annotation (for any “live” or online course or learning situation), critical reading skills for comprehension (to remember what we’ve read faster and with easier recall), test-taking skills (how to prepare for tests and what to do during tests), and more. You’ll use these skills in high school, college, and beyond. Be prepared for the future and do well in your coursework today when you take this course!

Course Outline:

Class 1: Active listening and how to take notes effectively

Class 2: Active reading and how to study effectively

Class 3: Critical reading skills for comprehension

Class 4: Test-taking in a timed setting

Course Materials: All materials are provided free within the course.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 1.5 to 2 hours of work per class (reading and auto-graded quizzes).

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Starts Starts: 10/22/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 11/12/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 64 seats
Closed Enrollment
 
Help your middle school student gain must-have essay writing skills and get personal help and feedback on their work, while understanding and write the introduction, hook, thesis, draft, and outline, revising for excellence. This course prepares your student for high school and will help your student write longer works with confidence. Take the 7/8-1 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 fall semester. The smaller class size ensures excellent feedback on your student’s work. This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 Series for a full year of Writing. In addition to the six live classes, there are two recorded lectures that extend the work of editing and revising a final assignment over the last two weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks of student work

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

October 28 to December 9, 2021. (No class Nov. 25)


Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Registration in Simplified Writing for Middle School 1: Foundations of Composition I (MS 7/8-1).

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. Precede with 7/8-1 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $157 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $177 after July 15 for all 6 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: Elizabeth Torsell

Course Description: Help your middle school student continue to master the critical writing skills learned in the Simplified Writing 1 (7/8-1) course, putting his or her knowledge and skills into practice with specific feedback and coaching to help your student's writing improve. Your student will brainstorm and craft the outline of an essay and a short paper and learn how to write seven different types of “hooks” for an introduction how to master the five parts of an advanced thesis statement needed for high school and college writing how to create an essay or paper from start to finish the first and most important steps of revising and practice connecting sentences in an essay or paper’s introduction. This course is excellent preparation for high school writing.

Course Outline:

Class 1: Writing structure and skill: practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis

Class 2: Writing structure and skill: practicing outlines and the conclusion/concluding statements

Class 3: Writing an essay: rough drafts

Class 4: Writing a paper: five types of papers & practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis

Class 5: Writing a paper: practicing outlines and concluding statements revising an essay

Class 6: Writing a paper: rough drafts editing an essay

Class 7: Revising a paper

Class 8: Editing and Formatting Final Papers

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 four hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 10/28/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 12/9/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 

Join in this fun, high-interest literature course where your middle school student learns “the magic of Christmas.” From the Gospels to Colonial American stories, examine Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” G.K. Chesterton’s classics, and more as you gain a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Tuesdays from Nov. 2 to Dec. 14, 2021. (No class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving break.)

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested middle school credit: ½ semester credit Literature or History

Fee: $97 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $117 after July 15 for all 6 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: What is the “magic of Christmas” and why has it captivated even the secular world for so many centuries?  We’ll explore the history of the celebration of Christmas, from the Gospel accounts of the Nativity to the banning of Christmas by the Puritans in Colonial America, to the commercialization and secularization of Christmas in modern times.  Through it all, we’ll look at the depiction of the Nativity in Literature, Film, and Music.  We’ll examine A Christmas Carol, we’ll watch scenes from Christmas movies, we’ll read essays and poems on Christmas by G. K. Chesterton, we’ll examine the theology and wonder behind classic and modern Christmas Carols - and we’ll even explore the strange transformation of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus!  But our goal through it all will be to have a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation. Note that each student will work on a Final Project that will be a story, poem, or other creative work that he or she will present to his or her family during the Christmas season!

Course Outline:

  1. The Nativity of Our Lord in the Early Church

  2. St. Nicholas - from Bishop to Santa Claus

  3. Christmas in the Middle Ages - Mummers and More!

  4. The Puritans and the Death of Christmas

  5. “A Christmas Carol” - Dickens and the Revival of Christmas

  6. Modern Christmas - Songs and Movies

Course Materials: Provided as PDF’s free by the Instructor

Homework: Quizzes and fun assignments. Homework should average about one hour per week. 

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Starts Starts: 11/2/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/14/2021 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Help your middle school student gain must-have essay writing skills and get personal help and feedback on their work, while understanding and write the introduction, hook, thesis, draft, and outline, revising for excellence. This course prepares your student for high school and will help your student write longer works with confidence. Take the 7/8-1 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 fall semester. The smaller class size ensures excellent feedback on your student’s work. This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 7/8 Series for a full year of Writing. In addition to the six live classes, there are two recorded lectures that extend the work of editing and revising a final assignment over the last two weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks of student work

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

November 2 to December 7, 2021

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Registration in Simplified Writing for Middle School 1: Foundations of Composition I (MS 7/8-1).

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. Precede with 7/8-1 for a full semester credit.

Fee: $157 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $177 after July 15 for all 6 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: Elizabeth Torsell

Course Description: Help your middle school student continue to master the critical writing skills learned in the Simplified Writing 1 (7/8-1) course, putting his or her knowledge and skills into practice with specific feedback and coaching to help your student's writing improve. Your student will brainstorm and craft the outline of an essay and a short paper and learn how to write seven different types of “hooks” for an introduction how to master the five parts of an advanced thesis statement needed for high school and college writing how to create an essay or paper from start to finish the first and most important steps of revising and practice connecting sentences in an essay or paper’s introduction. This course is excellent preparation for high school writing.

Course Outline:

Class 1: Writing structure and skill: practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis

Class 2: Writing structure and skill: practicing outlines and the conclusion/concluding statements

Class 3: Writing an essay: rough drafts

Class 4: Writing a paper: five types of papers & practicing the introduction, hook, and thesis

Class 5: Writing a paper: practicing outlines and concluding statements revising an essay

Class 6: Writing a paper: rough drafts editing an essay

Class 7: Revising a paper

Class 8: Editing and Formatting Final Papers

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 four hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 11/2/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 12/7/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 5 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 
Sign up today to discover new insights to “The Fellowship of the Ring”, which is a glorious exploration of ages of heroism and long-brooded evil. A new generation of hobbits is strengthened to take up the burden of the Ring and join in a great Fellowship to do the impossible and the seemingly suicidal.

Total Classes:
7

Class Dates: Tuesdays, November 2 to December 14, 2021.

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Ability to read the book and ask questions. Since most students will have seen the Peter Jackson films and will want to make comparisons, it is probably a good idea to see them.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade. However, this is a timeless story to be enjoyed by all ages.

Suggested credit: ½ semester credit Literature. Precede with The Hobbit for a full semester.

Fee: $102 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $122 if you register after July 15 for all 7 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: Henry Russell, Ph.D.

Course Description: This trilogy of novels is too well known for any brief description to be of use here. They are the most popular books of the twentieth-century and quite likely to be among the central books of Western literature. The poet Auden thought they compare well with Milton’s Paradise Lost. We will discuss the volumes in their outer form of a mythologized hero struggle of the kind with which Classical Liberal Education is replete (from Homer’s Iliad, and Virgil’s Aeneid through the Norse eddas and Anglo-Saxon poems and Arthurian romances). At the same time we will read them in light of Tolkien’s unambiguous declaration that "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.” As such they reflect an imagined world that parallels clearly with the world of suffering and redemption shown forth in a book as deep as the Bible.

The Fellowship of the Rings takes us from the Hobbit world of ordinary comfort into confrontation with the evil that has always plagued the created world. It asks for individual sacrifice from several creatures only to show them that they are linked into a vast body of those who strive to keep goodness alive, each on very different levels of culture and consciousness. This ancient body is full of poetry, beauty, and varied forms of virtue. The pleasure-loving hobbits are strengthened to do impossible deeds by confronting the pure evil of the Nine Riders but also the pure goodness of the created world in Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. The fellowship forms to do the impossible and the seemingly suicidal, and in the mines of Moria and on the banks of the river Anduin, the band is made to pay a terrible price for thoughtlessness and to fall apart from individual sin.

Course outline:

Week 1: A Long-Expected Party—Three is Company

Week 2: A Short Cut to Mushrooms—In the House of Tom Bombadil

Week 3: Fog on the Barrow-Downs—A Knife in the Dark

Week 4: Flight to the Ford—Many Meetings

Week 5: The Council of Elrond—The Ring Goes South

Week 6: A Journey in the Dark—Lothlorien

Week 7: Farewell to Lorien—The Breaking of the Fellowship

Course Materials: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R.Tolkien. Any unabridged edition will do.

Homework: Expect to read about 50 pages per week for about two hours per week outside of class on reading and homework. There will be weekly automated-graded quizzes available for immediate feedback, as well as two exams, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. Please come to class with thoughts and questions about what you have read.

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Starts Starts: 11/2/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 12/14/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 7
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Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 26 seats
 

Help your middle school student learn how to skillfully use the specific and powerful parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and complete phrases), transitions, linear writing, and more in this must-have foundational writing course that goes beyond “normal” writing courses. Take the 6/7-1 course with this course to gain a full semester’s credit of writing.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is scheduled during four time slots in the fall semester. Choose the slot that works best for you.

This is the second of a 4-part series. Continue with the MS 6/7 series for a full year of Writing.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates and Starting Times:

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

November 3 to December 15, 2021. (No class December 8)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: Each course in the 6/7 series builds upon the next. Registration in the Writing Essentials 1: Punctuation & Grammar I (MS 6/7-1) course is required so your student has all of the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed in this course. You may take the prerequisite course LIVE or in Unlimited Access (recording) before or during this course.

Suggested Grade Level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Precede with 6/7-1 for a full semester credit. To make a full and complete year of middle school writing, sign up for the 6/7-3 and 6/7-4 courses that follow this course.

Fee: $127 if you register on or before July 15, 2021. $147 after July 15 for all 6 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: Bonnie Donlon

Course Description: This is an essential writing course for all middle school students — to make sure that your student has strong middle school writing foundations in place. Your student will learn how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs — including absolute “must-have” knowledge and practice for the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Your student will also cover capitalization, end punctuation, and the use of quoted material. Even if your student has learned the composition of a sentence and paragraph in elementary materials, this course uses higher-level vocabulary and structures for writing in middle school. This course can help your student finally master the details that are holding him or her back from writing well.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Nouns, verbs, and capitalization in sentences

  • Class 2: Adjectives, adverbs, and end punctuation in sentences

  • Class 3: Prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures

  • Class 4: Using quotes in dialogue and academic writing

  • Class 5: Transitions and connectives in sentences

  • Class 6: Putting it all together: Transitions and linear sentences in paragraph writing

Course Materials: Course materials are provided free of charge as PDF files. 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.

HomeworkThis course has an estimated one to three hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s abilities entering the course. Homework includes readings, activities, and writing assignments that get your student thinking critically and using the content learned. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.

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Starts Starts: 11/3/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 12/15/2021 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 5 wait spaces available
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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