This enrichment course is for students entering 8th grade who are looking for an advanced curriculum and wish to increase skills in the areas of literature analysis, composition, and grammar, style, and usage. Students will develop strong writing habits by reading various texts and writing companion pieces of poetry, prose, essays, blogs, and emails. Explicit grammar instruction will further sentence structure and fluency. Deep analysis of texts of all kinds will develop vocabulary and expose students to the organization, purpose, and audience of each genre of writing.
Beth Vera, an experienced language arts teacher, loves to teach and find creative ways to help students find success. She has a Master's of Education, with Florida certification to teach grades 6-12 English Language Arts. Her experience ranges from teaching remedial reading and writing skills to challenging and enriching curriculum for advanced and high achieving students. This is her fifth year as part of the American Heritage family and her 20th year as an educator as a whole. Her creativity, love for literature, and passion for helping students become better communicators have made her a successful educator. Outside the normal classroom hours, she has sponsored a club for mixed media arts and photography which provided her students the opportunity to learn about famous artists and techniques, serving as a springboard for all genres of writing. She believes that mixing the written arts with the visual arts promotes higher level learning.
American Heritage teacher Lisa Quinn is dedicated to ensuring her students learn and love learning in her English classes. A sixteen year veteran teacher, Lisa taught in the public school system in New York City and Florida Virtual School before joining American Heritage School. She has taught from grades 6 through the post secondary education level. She has a Master of Arts in English and is ESOL certified. She coaches an award winning robotics team and is a Girl Scout leader. Having traveled to six continents, she has published travel writing and has won numerous accolades for her writing. She incorporates technology, some proven “old school tactics” and various creative mediums throughout her classes.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.