Laurel Smith holds a Bachelor of Music Education and taught for ten years in the public school system.  She 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!


Elements of Style by William Strunk 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable 

by Thomas Bulfinch 

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