Friday Courses (2020-2021) at Cranston Christian Fellowship
WRITING I, Level B (2nd semester): This course uses the Excellence in Writing, Level B curriculum, targeting students in middle school. The Schoolhouse Review Crew 2015 Blue Ribbon Awardscalls IEW curriculumthe "#1 pick for English composition.” Divided into nine units, structure includes: note taking, summarizing from notes, narrative stories, references, writing from pictures, research reports, inventive writing, formal essays, and critiques. Stylistic techniques encompass a combination of a variety of writing enhancements, taught one by one. Style checklist rubrics guide students, providing frameworks for writing and promoting editing skills. Because this class meets for just one semester, students will cover at least six units, but not all nine. Plan on 3+ hours of homework per week. Materials fees: Materials fees: $30.00 per family for required IEW binder, and $8.00 for copies per student. Taught by Julie Shorey.
WRITING I, Level C (1st semester): This course uses the Excellence in Writing, Level C curriculum, targeting students in high school. The Schoolhouse Review Crew 2015 Blue Ribbon Awardscalls IEW curriculumthe "#1 pick for English composition.” Divided into nine units, structure includes: note taking, summarizing from notes, narrative stories, references, writing from pictures, research reports, inventive writing, formal essays, and critiques. Stylistic techniques encompass a combination of a variety of writing enhancements, taught one by one. Style checklist rubrics guide students, providing frameworks for writing, and promoting editing skills. Because this class meets for just one semester, students may not cover unit 9, but will write several 5-paragraph essays, including one with research and citations. Plan on 3+ hours of homework per week. Materials fees: $30.00 per family for required IEW binder, and $8.00 for copies per student.. Taught by Julie Shorey.
A question about the writing classes: How do you decide in which class to enroll your students if they’ve taken one of them already? Writing is a process, and we never come to the place where we have learned it all. All the way through school we’re going back to writing words and sentences, paragraphs and papers. If your students completed a level well, and were able to be nearly independent and do the assignments fairly easily, they probably are ready to move to the next level. They will receive much more benefit from taking a class they’ve already taken and becoming more competent than by taking one for which they are not ready. Even though they are enrolled in the same class, they will definitely be working at a higher level. Students will often remain in the same level to more fully practice the concepts, achieving greater mastery. Think of it…students in school are taking composition courses every year or almost every year. At GCT they are taking the classes at different levels also, even though they may technically be in the same class two years in a row. Tutors are happy to help you decide on the correct level. What are the options if my student isn’t really ready to move up a level? You should not see this as a failure to learn, but as the need to benefit from cycling through the skills again. They could repeat the same level – many of our students have done that, with great success. But you could also practice with them the things they’ve learned in order to become more comfortable, perhaps using one of the theme-based books sold by Excellence in Writing. For more information about our writing courses and other options for completing at home, check out www.excellenceinwriting.com.
WRITING 2: This class reviews all the basic Excellence in Writing techniques learned in Writing I and adds more advanced stylistic devices, while also putting more emphasis on the cohesiveness, clarity, and content of the student’s writing. While those who think clearly are also strong writers, it is also true that learning to write clearly leads to stronger thinking skills. Conducting research is a major emphasis of Writing II, so students write a 12-paragraph research paper, learning the skills of choosing and limiting topics and sources, organizing outlines, integrating quotations, and citing properly. Also adding to the style toolbox, students spend time analyzing and imitating famous authors, writing descriptively from pictures using imagery and figurative language, and learning the structural forms and language of poetry. For creative writing, students work all year on an anthology of their own original poetry. Prerequisite: Students must have successful completed Writing I (B or C level), or its equivalent. Speak with tutor to determine level. It is very acceptable for students to repeat a level of writing. Because they cycle through sentences, paragraphs, and papers in composition classes, they will be taking it at a higher level for more mastery (thus counting as a second year on a transcript also). Grammar is taught contextually, which means it is very effective; if students need extra support in this area, parents should plan to provide that at home. Students should have a sturdy 2-3 inch binder with tabs. Please note: Copy fee $15.00. Taught by Julie Shorey.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: A Reason to Speak: (1st semester) Grades 5-8. Middle school students have ideas, but sometimes they don’t know how to talk about them with others. This engaging course introduces students to valuable public speaking skills and why these skills matter. Students will practice applying these essential skills immediately as they develop confidence and character while finding their Reason to Speak. ( RTS Course Objectives ). There will be fun activities and games woven into each class to reinforce skills. Students will develop their voices and learn how the way they communicate in everyday life has the potential to transform and serve those around them. Also strongly recommended for the entire family, is participation in the Communicators for ChristEvent in early November (location TBA) and the ICCFS speech tournament, which will take place one Saturday in March (ICCFS registration in February 2021). There will be A Reason to Speak Showcase toward the end of the semester. Materials: $20. Taught by Cindy Clarkin.
PUBLIC SPEAKING: EXPRESS: Launching Your Journey Toward Confidence and Conviction (2nd semester): Intended for grades 9-12. High school students have ideas, but sometimes they don’t know how to talk about these passions with others. EXPRESS is an engaging, interactive, faith-based curriculum designed to teach basic communication skills to high school students using modeling and guided practice. There will be fun activities and games woven into each class to reinforce skills. Students will develop their own voices and learn how the way they communicate in everyday life has the potential to transform and serve those around them. Students will develop the skills to speak conversationally through short instructional videos, course assignments, discussions, and presentations. They will encounter real-world communication challenges including interviews, limited preparation speaking, and storytelling as well as learn to draft, revise, and deliver a speech, and give and receive constructive feedback within a safe environment. Also recommended for the entire family is participation in the ICCFS speech tournament, which will take place one Saturday in March (ICCFS registration in February 2021). This is the best “Real World” training for the student. The EXPRESS students will learn to purposefully “Command the Stage” when they MC the Final Presentation Night at the end of the semester which will feature each student’s favorite speech. EXPRESS requires access to the internet for weekly graded homework assignments that will reinforce classroom lessons. Materials: $40.Taught by Cindy Clarkin.
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE: (for students in 6th-8th grade) Do you know what it’s like to go on an adventure through reading a book? Have you been unable to put a book down because it pulled you in and transported you to places you’ve never been? Could you “see” the action in your mind’s eye? C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors, once said “…in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself…I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see... I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” In this middle school literature class, we’re going to read and enjoy adventure stories set in a variety of times and places. While on this literary adventure, students will begin to learn the tools for literary analysis, build reading comprehension skills, and learn how to discuss and write about what they’ve read. This class will help middle school students to build a firm foundation for future high school literary analysis classes. For students who feel that writing about literature takes all of the fun out of reading, this course will help them gain confidence and ease in writing about what they’ve read, so they can effortlessly talk about it with others. We’ll be reading Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle, The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène duBois, The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood. Literary analysis tools and techniques will be presented and practiced in class, and students will then apply those concepts to the books that we’re reading by completing study guides, journaling, and / or writing analysis paragraphs each week. Materials: $30.00. Taught by Tammi Visser.
SPANISH 1: Have your kids tried to do a foreign language program on their own with a computer program that promised speaking fluency in one week or less? Have they gotten discouraged when they don’t understand why the language works the way it does, and the program offers no explanation? Have you gotten discouraged that they aren’t progressing through the program for which you paid a substantial amount of money? If you can relate to this, sign your kids up for a tutorial class in Spanish 1. This is a high school level Spanish 1 class in which students will be instructed in Spanish vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, with an emphasis on reading and listening comprehension, leading to ease in writing and speaking. No prior experience in the language is needed to begin, but if your child has started and stopped a Spanish 1 program before, he will build on what he has previously learned. In the tutorial class, daily grammar homework and online vocabulary memorization (using Quizlet) will be assigned and quizzed weekly, to make sure that students stay “on track.” If students have a question mid-week, they are encouraged to contact the tutor with questions no matter how small. Students should expect to spend approximately 30-60 minutes per day outside of the Thursday tutorial working on the language; the only way that students can succeed in learning a foreign language is to spend time on it every day. Students will use Spanish for Mastery 1 by Valette & Valette (provided by instructor). Copy fee: $15.00. Taught by Tammi Visser.
GENERAL SCIENCE: This Apologia junior high school level course (6th- 8th grade) is the foundation for all the upper level Apologia high school science courses due to its easy introduction to areas of biology, chemistry, physics and anatomy and physiology in a simple and approachable manner. Labs and fun projects will be done in class while bi-weekly tests will be proctored at home. Apologia science courses follow a routine and rhythm that helps the students and that routine is established effectively in this foundational course. Required Materials: Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd edition, by Jay Wile; 3 ring binder with single subject notebook. Materials/lab fee: $20.00. Taught by Denise Mudge.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE (1 ½ hour tutorial): This course is labeled 8th grade by Apologia, but is suitable as a 9th grade course as well. This course begins with detailed discussion of what makes theworld work, and then travels to the universe for further appreciation of God’s creation. Topics include air and the atmosphere, weather, the physics of motion and Newton’s laws, gravity, magnetism, atoms, sound, light, and an introduction to astrophysics. Students perform labs, and write lab reports. Class includes instruction and discussion, with all tests proctored at home. Prerequisite: Students should have completed Pre-Algebra or be taking it concurrently. Required Materials: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, (2nd edition required) by Jay Wile, 3 ring binder with 4 dividers. Materials/lab fee: $20.00. Taught by Denise Mudge.
BIOLOGY (1 ½ hour tutorial): This well-narrated Apologia high school biology course covers numerous topics including: species classification, bacteria, fungi, biochemistry, cell structure, genetics, micro and macroevolution, ecology, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates. The students observe both microscopic and macroscopic specimens and learn how to write lab reports. Dissections include the earthworm, crayfish, fish, frog and flower (pending availability). The classroom experience covers lectures, games, discussion and laboratory work. Homework includes a written study guide, quiz, and test for each unit. Required Materials: Apologia - Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition, Jay Wile and Marilyn Durnell.(hardcover) Please note: There is a 3rd edition published, but we are using the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is available on christianbook.com or Amazon Required Communication: Each student (or parent) must submit work and view assignments on Google Classroom. This process will be explained in the class. Strongly Recommended (in addition to the hardcover book): Apologia - Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd edition Student Notebook (softcover) Materials/Lab fee: $25.00. Taught by Renee McInnis.
CHEMISTRY (1 ½ hour tutorial): This Apologia high school chemistry class provides each student with an introduction to measurement, matter, atomic structure, chemical equations, acid and base chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics and reduction/oxidation reactions. A basic knowledge of Algebra is needed to master the mathematical equations. The experiments include building models, measurement, and observing changes in matter. Classes include lecture, experiments, and games. Homework includes a written study guide, quiz, and test for each unit. Required Materials: Apologia - Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rd edition. (hardcover), Calculator Required Communication: Each student (or parent) must submit work and view assignments on Google Classroom. This process will be explained in the class. Strongly Recommended (in addition to the hardcover book): Apologia - Exploring Creation with Chemistry Student Notebook, 3rd edition. (softcover) Materials/Lab fee: $25.00. Taught by Renee McInnis.
PHYSICS: (1½ hour tutorial) This Apologia high school class provides your student with a complete introduction to Physics. The topics covered include: motion in one dimension, one-dimensional motion equations and free fall, two-dimensional vectors, motion in two-dimensions, Newton’s laws, applications of Newton’s second law, uniform circular motion and gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, geometric optics, Coulomb’s Law and the electric field, electric potential, electric circuits, and magnetism. Classes include lectures to explain the material, discussion, interactive problem solving, and games. Hands on laboratory experiments are part of the course that will help illustrate the topics. Students will maintain a laboratory notebook including data, calculations, and a brief report documenting the experiments performed. Grades based on class preparedness, labs, and tests. Prerequisites: Algebra I. Chemistry is helpful. Co-requisite: at least concurrent enrollment in Algebra II. Required Materials: Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Ed. Jay Wile, and a scientific calculator. Lab and materials fee: $25.00. Taught by Ann Stamp.
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING: This class designed for 5th-8th graders will introduce students to the world of computers. Using Google Digital Literacy students learn basic computer skills, such as hardware familiarity, file management, keyboarding, and internet safety. These lessons build the foundation of skills students will continue to use throughout their education. Students will also have fun learning the programming skills by using block based computer coding language to create their own games. Engaging lessons encourage collaboration, interaction and creativity. An extended resource of hands-on lessons, hand-outs, and on-line curriculum will be used. Materials: Students must have a laptop for this class; 3 Ring Binder with Pocket Holders for papers. Copy Fee: $20. Taught by Denise Mudge.
US ELECTIONS, PRESIDENTS, AND GOVERNMENT: (1st semester):(ONLINE ONLY THIS YEAR) (5th – 8th grade) It is a presidential election year, which makes it a great time for students to learn about the US election process. This course will provide the student with an overview of the election process, elements of conducting a presidential campaign, the requirements of becoming president, presidential responsibilities, branches of government, and the balance of power. Also, students will briefly study past presidents and their terms in office. Each week, students will be given weekly creative hands-on activities, writing prompts, and reading assignments. In addition, there will be various student projects assigned. At the completion of the course, students will have a memorable Lap Book, showcasing their work over the semester. Class will be held weekly online, course work including quizzes will be on Google Docs. Attendance is mandatory; students will be graded based on attendance, participation, quizzes, and projects. Required: Each student and/or parent must have an active Gmail account to use for Google Docs and Google Classroom. Access to a computer with camera and audio function and a printer for printing weekly Lap Book materials. Please purchase Lap-Pak: US Elections Download or CD. Other supplies: paper; cardstock; glue stick; colored pencils; manila folder; paper fasteners, scissors, ruler. https://store.homeschoolinthewoods.com/collections/top-picks/products/lap-pak-u-s-elections Fees: $10.00. Taught by Rachel Young.
20TH CENTURY IN AMERICA (2nd semester)(ONLINE ONLY THIS YEAR) (5th – 8th grade) This cultural studies course, introduces the student to a significant period in American History. Students will survey global conflicts, social movements, the Great Depression, influential people, art, media, literature, music, sports, fashion, science, technological advances, and much more. Using the hands-on approach of Lap Booking, weekly assignments will incorporate reading, research, writing, and art! In addition, there will be various student projects assigned. At the completion of the course, students will have a memorable Lap Book, showcasing their work over the semester. Class will be held weekly online; course work including quizzes will be on Google Docs. Attendance is mandatory, and students will be graded based on attendance, participation, quizzes, and projects. Required: Student and/or parent must have an active Gmail account to use for Google Docs and Google Classroom.Access to a computer with camera and audio function, a printer for weekly lap book materials. Purchase lap-Pak: 20th Century in America download or CD. Other supplies: paper, cardstock, glue stick, colored pencils, manila folder, paper fasteners, scissors and ruler. https://store.homeschoolinthewoods.com/collections/hands-on-history-lap-paks/products/lap-pak-the- 20th-century-in-america. Fees: $10.00. Taught by Rachel Young.
This year only, we are offering several courses exclusively online. See course descriptions for Tuesday/Thursday: on Tuesdays, Tammy Bankston’s high school American Literature and AP Composition, and on Tuesday/Thursday Sandy’s Tracy’s Math Concepts, Algebra I, and Geometry.