BIO     Valerie Chaffin instructs Foundations of Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, British Literature and Composition and English Literature and Composition (AP Preparatory). She is a licensed teacher with Advanced Placement certification and has been teaching high school English for over twenty years in public and private traditional schools as well as homeschool tutorials. She has earned Teacher of the Year twice in her teaching tenure, Tennessee’s Outstanding Teacher award, and has been featured in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers several times.    Valerie is happily married to her best friend, Christopher, and they have two teenage children who drew them into this exciting journey of homeschooling.

BIO

Valerie Chaffin instructs Foundations of Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, British Literature and Composition and English Literature and Composition (AP Preparatory). She is a licensed teacher with Advanced Placement certification and has been teaching high school English for over twenty years in public and private traditional schools as well as homeschool tutorials. She has earned Teacher of the Year twice in her teaching tenure, Tennessee’s Outstanding Teacher award, and has been featured in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers several times.

Valerie is happily married to her best friend, Christopher, and they have two teenage children who drew them into this exciting journey of homeschooling.

Foundations of English
(English 1, High School)

32 WEEK CLASS

 

Tutor Name: Valerie Chaffin

Course Name: Foundations of English-Literature and Composition, English 1

Required Texts:

  • Reader that will provided by Tutor ($20 Copy Fee)

  • MYTHOLOGY by Hamilton

  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Dickens

  • ROMEO AND JULIET by Shakespeare

  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Lee

  • A WALK ACROSS AMERICA by Jenkins

Please purchase these books during the summer, as we will begin using them as soon as class begins.        

Other Required Materials:

  • A 3-ring notebook for English work only

  • A set of dividers for the 3-ring notebook

  • Access to email

SPECIAL OUT OF CLASS REQUIRED MEETING:  During the spring semester this class will meet one day outside of the normal Tuesday sessions.  This is a required meeting, the date for which will be assigned during the second semester.  This extra class period will last from four to six hours and will allow us to read Romeo and Juliet together since the language constitutes some difficulties.

Copy Fee: $20 (for the required reader described above)

More Courses
  by Valerie Chaffin

  • Grammar 1 - High School

  • Foundations of English (English 1, High School)

  • British Literature – High School – English 3 or 4

  • American Literature with Writing Focus – High School, English 2

Minimum Number of Students: 10

Maximum Number of Students: 

Course Description/Outline/Objectives: This year-long course will explore the foundational elements of literature, grammar, and composition using a wide range of reading material and writing assignments. It is preparatory for English courses taken later in high school and college by teaching literary analysis and composition skills.

We will be studying a variety of short stories, poems and essays.  These will be provided in a Reader (required) that may be purchased from me at a cost of $20.00.  The instructor will put the reader together and have it for the students to begin using on the first day of class.  Therefore, payment for this reader should be made when the student has signed up for the class.

Expected Weekly Time Commitment for Homework: 

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Grade Level: 9th-10th  

Rate for Additional Private Tutoring:  $35/hour