What students are saying about Mrs. Smith:

Anyone taking from her should count themselves lucky! She's nice, smart, and fair, and her enthusiasm is contagious! I firmly believe everyone deserves a good English/Writing teacher, and believe me when I say that this one was mine!  ~ Ashlyn


Elements of Style by William Strunk 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable 

by Thomas Bulfinch (optional)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

Total Cost: $500

English 2: Composition/Elements of Literature (10-12)

November 1:​ $200


General Description:

English 2 is designed to develop a student’s skill in written expression.  Students explore various modes of formal written discourse such as expository essays, MLA citation style, literary analyses, and a research paper, as well as poetry and creative writing.  Classes are hands-on and interactive, engaging both enthusiastic and reluctant students through discussion, visual media, projects, and traditional teaching methods.  Extensive resources, daily assignments, videos, and assessments are provided online. 

ACT preparation:
English 2 offers grammatical skill review and root word study at the beginning of each class that prepares students for the English portion of the ACT.  Good reading skills (a MUST for ACT Reading) are addressed in all courses.

Students who should take this class:

There is no ONE type of student that is a typical HS English student at the Connection. Students who do not love to read or write are just as numerous as those who love reading and writing. All abilities are welcome.  All English 2 and literature courses meet State Standards for a high school English credit in Tennessee. In fact, some past students have enjoyed classes so much that they have opted to take classes to meet high school elective requirements.

Extra tutoring is FREE and available in 15 minute segments on off periods as well as lunch. Email, text, and phone tutoring are also included with the course fees.  More extensive one-on-one tutoring is available on Fridays hourly at a discount for currently enrolled students.  


Students are responsible for purchasing books from a reading list.  

Laurel Smith



August 8:​ $200




Deposit:​ $100