English Foundations 2

(3 customer reviews)

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  6th–8th

Live Class:  Tue 2:30–3:30 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 26, 2024–May 9, 2025

Prepaid:  $599

Instructor:  Alicia Loran

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Course Description

This live online English class for middle school students builds on English Foundations 1 but is NOT a prerequisite for taking this class. English Foundations 2 is suited for 6th–8th graders who need an online class that includes writing, literature, grammar, and vocabulary all in one class.

This comprehensive class seeks to prepare middle school students for high school English. An advantage of any outside English class is having someone other than “Mom” to review/grade the student’s compositions. Class interaction with the other students will also enhance the class.

Students will:

  • Apply the steps of the writing process and effective traits of writing to their own compositions, as well as understand the purpose and audience of each writing assignment.
  • Write “warm-up” paragraphs to increase confidence in writing.
  • Write multi-paragraph essays covering the four types of writing: descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive, using teacher review to improve each composition.
  • Write a short story (either autobiographical or imaginative).
  • Prepare and present an informative or persuasive speech.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of English grammar, including punctuation, mechanics, spelling, sentence structure, and parts of speech.
  • Review the basic elements of literature (setting, character, plot, point of view, conflict, and theme), preparing a creative project with definitions and examples for each term.
  • Identify techniques of literature such as irony, symbolism, and figures of speech, including allusion, idioms, synecdoche, and understatement.
  • Review different genres of writing and discuss their differences, as well as read short stories and novels in various genres.
  • Improve their reading comprehension through thought-provoking questions and discussion of the novels read together.
  • Identify the sounds and techniques used in poetry, prepare a poetry presentation, and write several of his/her own poems.
  • Learn new vocabulary words in context in the novels read together.
  • Learn new vocabulary words through the Wordly Wise curriculum.

Mrs. Loran is available for an additional hour each week to assist students with writing, grammar, and literary skills. Students must register separately to participate in this extra learning opportunity. See Language Arts Lab for English Foundations 2 for details and to register.

Course Structure

We will systematically work through the writing process focusing on the six Writing Traits and the specific conventions for each of the following writing types: descriptive, narrative, expository and persuasive. By structuring each of the new writing types in this manner, students will learn an effective process for successful writing.

Who should enroll?

This class is open to all 6th — 8th graders who would like a structured, formal English class.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Microsoft Word and Power Point is extremely helpful. If using a different word processing program, the document should be saved or exported as a pdf in order to submit it on Canvas.

Evaluation and Feedback

Student’s writing assignments will receive much feedback prior to being graded according to a rubric featuring the effective traits of writing. Grammar and vocabulary exercises are usually graded automatically by Canvas. Literature questions are graded based on effort. Students in English Foundations 2 take both grammar quizzes and regular tests on literature terms and writing concepts.


Parents are welcome to contact me via email with questions before registering, but it is not necessary before enrolling a student. Once I know a student has registered, the family will receive a welcome packet with additional information about the course. I will contact parents if there is a concern that a student is not keeping up with the work or frequently turning in late assignments.


Required Texts

Parents must purchase:

Any version of the following novels is fine unless otherwise specified.

  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, ISBN 978-0-547-57731-9
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London, ISBN 978-1-764-70410-5
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, ISBN 978-0-375-84220-7
  • Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald, ISBN 978-0-142-42765-1
  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, ISBN 978-0-312-64300-3

Students should also have access to an age-appropriate dictionary and thesaurus. At their parents’ discretion, they may use online sites such as dictionary.com and thesaurus.com.

3 reviews for English Foundations 2

  1. Arpan Kumar

    Mrs. Graybill is an amazing teacher. Through quizzes and lessons, she teaches about the rules of grammar and writing. She always takes the time to grade assignments personally and gives comments where necessary. These classes have really improved my writing and especially my grammar skills, and I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to improve their writing skills.

  2. Shannon Kauffman (verified owner)

    My son has been in Mrs. Graybill’s Middle School Tools B class this year and has grown a lot as a writer and also as a reader. He has always been a strong reader but lacked the deeper level thinking needed in higher level reading. I feel that this class has helped him in this area. This is our first venture into online classes and it has been a wonderful experience. Mrs. Graybill is very knowledgeable and friendly. She grades assignments in a timely manner and thoroughly explains any errors that my son has made to him. She has been very encouraging and supportive of him throughout this year. When he has had questions, she responds quickly to his emails. I have enjoyed the independence my son has shown in completing the daily assignments. I love that she breaks the days down with suggested work so that he can pace himself with the assignments and not become overwhelmed. I look forward to when my daughter will be able to take this class.

  3. Rebecca Klabunde

    Both my daughter and my son have taken courses and we couldn’t speak more highly of their experience! Mrs. Graybill is warm, friendly, and helps all of the students feel at ease. She is both thorough in her explanations and dependable to answer questions in a timely manner. We also appreciated her willingness to work with each and every student, individually, if they struggled with a particular area. Her patience comes across in all that she does and it’s evident that she works hard to make sure that each of her students succeeds! We all think that Mrs. Graybill is AMAZING!

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Instructor Bio

Alicia Loran

Teaching has always been at the heart of who I am. I have been teaching in various forms for 20 years – from public school, homeschooling my own children, homeschool co-ops, online tutoring, and local homeschool outsources in my area. I have two sons who have graduated from homeschool. My oldest has finished college and my youngest is currently starting his sophomore year. I attended Texas A & M University and graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Reading in 1996 and then went to work in the public schools. Contact: aloran[at]aimacademy.online


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