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Laurel Smith holds a Bachelor of Music Education and taught for ten years in the public school system, and has over fifteen years experience as homeschool instructor in the areas of English, history, and other subjects within the humanities.  She is a homeschool mom and has extensive experience working with students with learning challenges.

Mrs. Smith’s teaching style is hands-on and interactive.  She enjoys creating lessons that are both informative and engaging.  If you peek in her class, you might find her dressed as an historical or literary figure. Students will be analyzing original documents, participating in games or simulations, or presenting projects.  As long as we are learning, we might as well have fun doing it!




General Description:

English 1 is a one day, 34 week course designed to develop a student’s skills in grammar, vocabulary, and literature, with an emphasis on written expression.  Students reinforce their understanding of grammar, usage, and mechanics and apply these skills to create paragraphs, essays, and a variety of compositions with strong sentence structure. Literary elements, poetry, and figures of speech are introduced as well.  Class activities are interactive and hands-on to engage both enthusiastic and reluctant writers.  Students create meaningful projects like the Carpe Diem project and the Autobiography Portfolio.  They study engaging, relevant literature and think critically about what it means to be a human being.

 Support resources, daily assignments, videos, and assessments are provided online.  Students should have access to an internet connection.

​ ACT preparation:

Extensive focus on grammar, writing, and Latin root study serve as an excellent review for the English and essay portion of the ACT. 

Students Who Should Take This Class:
This course should be taken by high school students who wish to improve their writing skills while participating in fun activities such as Pirate Day and Shoe Day.   This class counts as a credit for High School English credit.


The class fee covers all handouts, class materials, testing, and grading.

Supplies Provided by the Student:

Students must have a copy of the books on the reading list as well as an easy grammar plus student workbook.

English 1: Grammar Intensive (9-10)



August 8:​ $215


November 1:​ $215


Total Cost:​ $550

Deposit:​ $120