Summer Intensive Courses
REGISTRATION OPEN MARCH 1, 2019
GRAMMAR MATTERS I:
This is a 3-week course open to students in grades 6 and up. This is a beginner's course designed for students who need an introduction to grammar but already have a full course load. The course will move quickly and will require significant study time outside of class. I will take students as far as we can, so our scope-and-sequence will partly depend on them. The course will attempt to cover all of the following concepts:
* sentence vs. fragment
* the eight parts of speech
* subject and predicate (complete and simple)
* noun, verb, preposition, infinitive, and appositive phrases
* the four types of complements
* the four types of sentences
* independent clauses (and dependent clauses, if possible)
* simple and compound sentences
We will not have time for a study of mechanics in this course, but students may work through these chapters and receive grading and feedback for an extra fee. The details of this option will be determined later if the class shows interest.
See more information in "More About Grammar Matters" below.
Textbook: Warriner's English Grammar and Composition: First Course
The original Warriner's textbook series is one of the most highly-respected grammar programs ever published. I have not found another contemporary grammar textbook to match its thoroughness and coherence. Because this textbook is out of print, however, our use of it requires me to rent copies to students only. Parents who would like to own a copy will need to contact me for the exact edition and do their own search for it.
Minimum class size: 3
Maximum class size: 8
Registration fee (non-refundable): $15
Book rental: $15 ($5 shipping/handling + $10 deposit) -- Note: The deposit will be refunded once the book is returned. Parents who choose to purchase their books will need to contact me for the ISBN# and vendor options.
Dates: Orientation: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 / Classes: June 3, 2019 - June 21, 2019
- The intensive will consist of 12 classes that meet four times each week for one hour.
- Because of unavoidable scheduling challenges, week 3 will meet two hours later than weeks 1 and 2.
- If a class session needs to be cancelled for any reason, the makeup date will be determined by student availability.
- Important: Classes cannot be recorded. Students who miss a class will need to catch up through self-study.
Days/times: 4 days/week
- Weeks 1/2: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Mountain time zone)
- Week 3: Monday-Thursday, 1:00-2:00 (Mountain time zone)
HOW TO REGISTER : Go to the registration page. A tuition invoice will be emailed to you once your registration is confirmed.
- All students and/or parents must agree to sign up for and use a Gmail account, and all students must have a working webcam, microphone, printer, and scanner. Classes will be conducted via Google Hangout with both audio and video.
- While large online programs have access to state-of-the-art virtual classroom software, The Denim Beret does not. It is a very small business and must necessarily operate as simply as possible. Please understand that I cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties with Google services. Every effort will be made on my end to prevent problems with the audio and video. In the event that a student cannot participate in a video call due to unpreventable technical difficulties, however, I will ask the student to participate via audio only. If the student cannot participate via audio, I will correspond with the student afterwards to help him catch up. After two instances of a student not being able to participate due to technical difficulties, families will have the option of doing an independent study with me instead or receiving a pro-rated refund.
MORE ABOUT GRAMMAR MATTERS:
Grammar is the "math" of language, a logical system of words and concepts that make communication possible. Once upon a time, formal grammar study was an important component of English courses in the United States. Today, however, many educators have left formal grammar behind, integrating instruction into their courses as needed or teaching concepts through application only. They widely believe that formal grammar is too abstract to be of much practical use and that it doesn't help produce better writers.
Having seen the disappointing fruit of this philosophy, I disagree with the prevailing viewpoint. On the contrary, I believe that formal grammar instruction is an important part of a comprehensive writing program. Although it is true that grammar study does not produce better writing as far as content and structure go, it becomes very important in the editing and proofreading stages of a project. The more that writers understand their language and its conventions, the more power and control they have over their writing. They are able to spot even subtle grammar mistakes and know how to fix them; they understand how to use correct punctuation to convey the exact meaning they intend; they have a better understanding of how to craft sentences that flow smoothly and fit necessary parameters; and they develop a sense of style that will serve them well in everything they write.
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