7th Grade Literature & Composition

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Teacher: Dana Spears
Date/Time: Monday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 7th
Department: Language Arts
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

This class for 7th graders in literature and composition helps students develop a love for story whether in poems, short stories, novels, or film. Students will be encouraged to be successful and confident writers by having the opportunity to edit all writing assignments for additional credit. Students will read four novels, along with a variety of age-appropriate short-stories and poems, and will complete hands-on projects related to literature and composition such as producing a newspaper, presenting scenes from plays, and developing power-point presentations.

Instructor: Dr. Dana Spears received her Ph.D. in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. After graduation, she worked as an assistant professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and then returned to Georgia to work as a counselor in private practice for many years. She retired from counseling and now focuses on teaching social studies, drama, English, science, and speech for home schooled students. She is the primary author of The Konos Way high school social studies curriculum for home schoolers and co-author of the parenting book "Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer" on parenting creative-sensitive children. She and her husband are active at Intown Community Church in Atlanta. Dr. Spears and her husband have three adult children who were home schooled: a daughter who graduated from Wagner College in New York City and works in  wardrobe on Broadway, a daughter who graduated from the University of Georgia and works for UGA in a program that provides classes and support for foster parents, and a son who is at the University of Tennessee majoring in business.

Text: "Homeschool Anthology for Seventh Grade" edited by Dr. Dana Spears and class writing and grammar workbook, both provided by teacher at August open-house.

Parents will purchase two novels: Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech and the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Cost: $590 for year OR $260 for fall semester and $330 for spring semester OR $70 per month (due first class of each month). Fees due prior to first class. Late fee of $5 per week. Materials fee: $50.