StoryOfEngland

14 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: One Intermediate Level Course

Tacitus said it was “worth a conquest;” Chamberlain called it “the darkest land;” Shakespeare named it a “precious stone set in the silver sea.” Who would have thought a small northern island would be the scene of the one of the most dramatic tales in history - one that would span empires and ages? Students will embark on a journey through the wars, loves, and adventures of England’s history, and Socratically challenge the concepts that wove its rich tapestry.  The course will begin with the first century before Christ, when Rome famously “turned its gaze upon Britain,” and continue through to the sweeping changes of the Victorian empire.

StoryOfTheMiddleAges

14 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course – Prerequisite: One Intermediate Level Course

No era has been so darkened and mythologized in the modern eye as the Medieval Age. Shatter the misconceptions about this daring and adventurous epoch by diving into eyewitness accounts to history and rock-solid scholarship! Use Socratic discussion to explore history's most sweeping saga of dauntless martyrs, brilliant scientists and scholars, scheming overlords, and ordinary men and women living through extraordinary times. From the perilous days when barbarian hordes sacked Europe to the age of explorers pushing open the world's boundaries, this course will form students in critical thinking, discussion skills, and knowledge of history.

AdvancedGrammarComposition

12 yrs and up, $300.00, 14 week course (includes private tutorial time) – Prerequisite: a grasp of the basic parts of speech and their usage

[Parents: If helpful, you may request a placement quiz to determine if this course is a good fit for your child from Nicole Noster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If they struggle with any of these concepts, we recommend taking Foundational Grammar first.]

This course is a bridge between Foundational Grammar and Intro to High School Writing, for students who are familiar with grammar basics but not quite ready for high school essays. It focuses on the more complex rules of grammar, covering clauses, phrases, and sentence structure and includes an introduction to the world of paragraph writing. Students will develop strong writing basics that will help them when they enter the high school stage of composition. This course does build upon the concepts of WISDOM's Foundational Grammar course, but it is not essential that Foundational Grammar is taken first if students already have a sufficient grasp of the basic parts of speech and their usage.

To ensure that each student understands the course as it progresses, student and tutor will have a private 15 minute tutorial once a week to review assignments together and clear up any questions the student might have. Each week there is a reading element, a new grammar concept, and a series of exercises and writing components to solidify understanding. A large part of absorbing and understanding grammatical concepts comes from seeing those concepts in action, through reading good literature, and then executing them in one's own writing.

Foundational Grammarsmall

12 yrs and up, $300.00, 14 week course (includes private tutorial time) – No prerequisite 

This course covers basic grammatical knowledge, with the final end of helping students to write well and avoid improper sentence structure - namely, fragments, run-on sentences, and poor punctuation.  Each week, students will learn about a new grammatical concept (parts of speech, mechanics, and usage), always referring back to the previous lessons so that there is a synthesis of all the material. 

To ensure that each student understands the course as it progresses, student and tutor will meet privately once a week to review assignments together and clear up any questions the student might have. Each week there is a reading element, a new grammar concept, and a series of exercises and sentence writing components to solidify understanding. More advanced students are given the option to write in paragraph form. A large part of absorbing and understanding grammatical concepts comes from seeing those concepts in action, through reading good literature, and then executing them in one's own writing. We will be reading and discussing a wonderful group of novels, found below.

Students may wish to purchase some books for ease of reading, but online copies are available below.

IntroductionToHighSchoolWriting

13 yrs and up , $300.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: sufficient experience in English grammar to understand proper sentence structure and grammatical concepts (parts of speech, mechanics, and usage). Samples may be requested.

In this high school level writing course, students will read selections from classic literature and discuss one each week. They will also submit a writing assignment to their tutor weekly and will learn the fundamentals and techniques of good writing. This course includes private tutorial time. Assignments include: essays, short stories, poetry, fables/fairytales etc. Students must have high-school level grasp of formal grammar and sentence structure, and a strong commitment to this course.

MasteringTheEssay

14 yrs and up , $300.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite: Intro to High School Writing
(If an interested student can demonstrate sufficient writing ability at a high school level, they can contact Nicole Noster, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for a possible exemption from the prerequisite.)

Sharpen the sword of your thought and make it clear, strategic, and effective! Writing an essay is so much more than cover pages and footnotes – it's the process of bringing truth to life in ink on the page! This simple, hands-on course demystifies the essay-writing process, walking students through the mechanics of writing argumentative, research, personal, and literary essays in a practical way. Students complete a writing assignment every week and study stellar examples of great writing to inspire their own work. They meet in class with other students to discuss the writing process, and receive a short private tutorial time weekly with the tutor.

AdvancedWriting

14 yrs and up, $300.00, 14 week course – Prerequisite – Intro to High School Writing or Mastering the Essay

This course is a sequel to the prerequisite courses. Like Intro to High School Writing and Mastering the Essay, it is a practical course designed to help the students improve their writing skills by writing many assignments (one per week over 14 weeks) within one semester. Students will delve deeper into specific writing genres, such as critique, allegory, persuasion, and tragedy, to continue to develop their writing abilities. In this high school level writing course, students will also read selections from classic literature and discuss one each week.  This course includes a weekly private tutorial time.

CreativeWriting

13 yrs and up, $300.00, 14 week course– Prerequisite – Intro to High School Writing or Mastering the Essay

This high school level writing course endeavours to give students the ability to use their imaginations in expressing themselves through story, and to cultivate their writing abilities through studying the basics of story composition. Students will learn to brainstorm ideas, create characters, develop plot, write description and dialogue, proofread and edit, and "show, not tell." To assist with this thought and process development, students will read selections from classic literature and discuss them each week. At the culmination of the course, students will have written a short story (10-15 pages), with different elements being covered in each week's assignment. This course includes a weekly private tutorial time.

ClassicEnglishPoetry

13 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course  – No prerequisite

This course is a delightful introduction to the poetry of the English language with a focus on learning to understand and take pleasure in verse. While gaining the skills and nuance of reading poetry, students will concentrate on a different theme each week and study how various poets explore and challenge that theme through their poems. This is primarily a reading course, but students do have the voluntary opportunity to write and share their own verse in imitation of the week’s poems.  A wide variety of works are studied, including Shakespeare, Tennyson, Dickinson, Wordsworth, and Frost.

ClassicTheatre

14 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course – Prerequisite: One Intermediate Level course

A girl secretly helps an enemy soldier to escape from the soldiers of her own country – and finds herself bound to a dangerous game of secrecy. A Russian village is convinced that a spy is among them – unaware that he is only a bored young man with a tremendous imagination who loves to see what he can get with.  A king and a humble gondolier were mixed up at birth – now that they are of age, not even they know which should inherit the crown! Lights dim, the curtain rises, and the audience is swept away by side-aching laughter, fantastic thrills, and deeper questions that stay with us. Students read through the scripts of these timeless plays, and get a chance both to discuss them Socratically and to perform scenes from them in class, readers’ theatre style. From Shaw to Shakespeare to Sophocles, come unleash your flair for the dramatic, and dive into some of the world’s greatest works of theatre.