Cottage Garden Homeschool Co-op of Tyler, Texas

 Since 1996

Junior High Literature

Teacher: TBD

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 

7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. This class will entail a lot of reading, so please make sure your student is on level and will be able to keep up.

Class fee: $20.00/ semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 16

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of reading

2. To expose students to age appropriate literature

3. To understand works, their elements, and how to discuss

4. To develop critical thinking skills when evaluating a novel

5. To prepare students for the level of responsibility they will need to succeed in high school English

Description of the general class format:

The class will study age appropriate, current and classical literature. They will read great works of literature and discuss various elements of the books as a class. They will also evaluate the works and write about them.  Group discussion is extremely important to this class set-up. ***Students must keep up with reading assignments to be able to contribute to the discussions. Please expect instruction time each week with the expectation of the students taking notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be literature reading and writing assignments each week.

2. Students will read one novel each month with reading assigned daily.

3. Students will need to participate in discussions and take novel exams.

4. Parents will need to help keep their child organized and prepared to turn in homework.

Textbook/workbook information:

Literature: The following is the book list for this year. Two more books will be added and a list will be sent out to students as soon as final selections have been made.

Books: Esperanza Rising, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham , Number the Stars, My Side of the Mountain, Shiloh, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Kidnapped

Students will answer comprehensions questions in class and at home.

Writing: Writing assignments will be related to the literature that is being read. Grading will be based on knowledge of content. Journaling will be done weekly.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall. Parents need to be involved in checking their child's assignments at this age.

**A grade report will be kept in front of their notebook.

Students will need the following supplies:

-spiral notebook

-loose notebook paper

-pencils

-1- 1/2-inch binder

-tabbed dividers

-lined 3X5 notecards (color preference doesn’t matter)


6th grade IEW Class Descriptions – 2019/2020

Name of Class: IEW Ancient History

Teacher: Sherry Childress

Grade 6th

Class Fee: $40, which includes the one-time cost of IEW student book.  Spring fees will be considerably less.

Minimum number of students 4

Maximum number of students 12

Class Description: This is a basic level of IEW writing. Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers.  This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time. All materials will be provided Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week.  There will be writing homework to be completed each week. You may look at the curriculum online at https://iew.com/shop/products/ancient-history-based-writing-lessons-teacherstudent-combo (There is a video introduction on this theme level writing course)


7th - IEW Vol. 1 Narnia

Teacher: TBD

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 7th, grade students who have completed at least 6th grade level English instruction. 

Class fee: $40, which includes the one-time cost of IEW student book.  Spring fees will be considerably less.

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Class Description:

This is a basic level of IEW writing. Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers.  This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time. All materials will be provided Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week.  There will be writing homework to be completed each week. You may look at the curriculum online at https://iew.com/shop/products/following-narnia-volume-2-aslans-country-student-book-only  (There is a video introduction on this theme level writing course)



8th grade IEW Class Descriptions – 2019/2020

Name of Class: IEW Volume 2 Narnia

Teacher: TBA

Grade 8th

Class Fee: $40, which includes the one-time cost of IEW student book.  Spring fees will be considerably less.

Minimum number of students 4

Maximum number of students 12

Class Description: This is a level B of IEW writing. Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers.  This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time. All materials will be provided students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week.  There will be writing homework to be completed each week. You may look at the curriculum on line at https://iew.com/shop/products/following-narnia-volume-2-aslans-country-student-book-only It would be a good idea to have your students read the Narnia books alongside these writing activities, but you do not have to.  It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, but you do not have to.


Double Science

Teacher: Melody Eisenbach 

Class Fee: $15

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level: 6th-8th grade

Objectives for this class: We will be learning about God through Chemistry and Physics 

Description of the general class format: We will do weekly activities to reinforce the information presented in the textbook. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Reading and questions from the text will be assigned. It is important to complete these assignments, so students will be able to participate in class discussions.

Supplies needed: pen or pencil, and textbook: Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Fulbright

  

General Science

Teacher: Allison King

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 7- 8th grade

Class Fee: $10.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 11

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: We will learn the history of science, implementation of the scientific method, the history of life, human anatomy, and how God's glory is shown throughout creation.

Description of the general class format: There will be some brief lecture, experiments for each Module will be completed in class.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: This is a full science curriculum. Weekly reading assignments and homework will be required. Each module will be covered over approximately 2 weeks. On Your Own questions, lab reports, study guides, and tests are due for each Module. Expect four hours of homework per week.

Homework will be checked for completion each week. Lab Reports and Tests will be graded.

Textbook/workbook information: Apologia Science/ Exploring Creation with General Science by Jay Wile 2nd edition. Both the textbook and the study guide/test manual are needed.


Physical Science

Teacher: Leslie Breedan

Suitable Ages, Abilities or Skill Level Needed for this Class:  This class is recommended for 9th grade students who have completed the General Science course and have already taken or will be concurrently taking Pre-Algebra; an 8th graders who excels and is strong in Math may also take this

class.  Students should display a maturity level that is appropriate for High School level work and be able to keep up with the extra workload. Physical Science can count for High School credit.

Cost: $10 per student per semester

This class is recommended for 9th grade students who have completed the General Science course and have already taken Pre-Algebra and will be concurrently taking Algebra; an 8th graders who excels and is strong in Math may also take this

class.  Students should display a maturity level that is appropriate for High School level work and be able to keep up with the extra workload. Physical Science can count for High School credit.

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Minimum Number of Students: 2

Objectives of this Class: from Dr. Jay L. Wile, “This course will take you on an amazing journey! It will begin with a detailed discussion of the world around you and what makes it work. It will then take you out into the Universe so that you may learn the majesty of God’s creation.”

Description of the General Class Format: Class time will be devoted to discussing, performing and recording experiments and maintaining a lab notebook, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Description of Enrichment or Homework Activities: The student will be given a schedule of daily reading assignments and questions to answer at home. Occasionally, parents will lead experiments at home that were not completed in class because of time. Every other week the student will complete a study guide. Homework will require about one hour of work per day at home. Lab reports, study notes, OYO questions, & tests are also required assignments.

Textbook InformationExploring Creation with Physical Science, by Dr. Jay L. Wile 2nd Edition. The textbook, as well as the “Solutions and Tests” manual must be purchased by each participating family.

Other Important Information:

Grading Method:

Module study notes = 15% of grade

Lab reports = 15% of grade

OYO questions = 10% of grade

Study guide = 10% of grade

Tests = 50% of grade

It is my desire to have good communication with parents throughout the year regarding grades. I will have a grade book page for each student available for periodic review.


Math Masters

Teacher: Becky Ivey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th grade and above. Participation in class quizzes, games, and activities will be a major component of this class. A basic knowledge of multiplication tables up to 10 will be assumed-we will work on increasing speed in class.

Class Fee: $10/semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: to improve speed, accuracy, and confidence in math; to improve math skills through games.

Description of the general class format: weekly multiplication speed drills, with each student graphing and tracking their own progress;  learning through games like math-based jeopardy, bingo, board slam, (math)battleship, etc.;  memorization of ten math facts each week (ex. times tables 1-12, square and cubes, metric equivalents, fraction-decimal-percent equivalents, etc.) and common formulas such as areas of squares, triangles, circles, Pythagorean theorem, etc. – facts that will be helpful as students move on to pre-algebra and algebra.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: There will be assigned memorization each week. This daily review/memory work is vital to success in class.  Expect to spend about 10 minutes per day at home.  No written homework will be required.

Textbook/workbook information: All necessary materials will be distributed in class.

Other important information: This class is not a substitute for a full year of math instruction. It is reinforcement and e enrichment of what the student is studying in his/her curriculum at home.


Pre-Algebra

Teacher: Terrel Knight

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:

The student needs to have a solid background in mathematics. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions, decimals, percents, and other basic concepts of math.

Class prerequisite:

Student must take a Cottage Garden math placement test to determine readiness. These are available from the Jr. high coordinator.

Class fee: $50 (Class fee covers the student workbook and test booklet)

Maximum number of students in this class: 12

Minimum number of students: 2

Objectives of this class:

To equip the student with the ability to solve algebraic equations and to prepare for higher math, such as Algebra I.

Description of the general class format:

Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students. Students will be expected to fill in notes from the notebook during class. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities:

Students will have daily homework assignments that must be completed. Expect about 1 hour of homework each day, 4 days a week.

Required Textbook/supplies:  Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Student Workbook and Test Book (Instructional Manual and Instructional DVD optional for parents to help student at home)

Other important information:

Students will be expected to complete all assigned homework, grade assignments, re-work any problems that were missed, and study for exams. Homework assignments will be due before 9:00 a.m. each class day and graded each week. In addition, there will be exams which will be completed at home under supervision.


JH/HS Character Sketches Studies

[Character Sketches Studies will rotate each year with an Art class taught by Durbin]

Teacher: Becky Helvey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Jr. High-High School

Class Fee: $35 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number: 4

Objectives of this class: The very nature and character of God is seen all throughout His created universe. Job remarked, “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.” (Job 12:7-8).

This class is designed to follow closely the “Character Sketches” books published by the “Institute in Basic Life Principals.”  Each section of the Character Sketch Volumes begins with a captivating “read–aloud” nature story that introduces the character quality being taught and continues with interesting facts on the featured animal’s characteristics and physical features. This is followed by a story from Scripture that illustrates the character quality, along with background information on the individual or situation in the story, which is then summed up in a “character sketch.”  We will implement an actual art lesson of the animal/plant that we have studied and hopefully have a greater appreciation for God’s own artistic ability and design than ever before!

In class we will focus on traits such as “Obedience,” “Gratefulness,” “Truthfulness,” “Orderliness,” “Diligence,” “Attentiveness,” “Loyalty,” “Courage,” and more.  These traits will come from studying animals such as the deer, bear, prairie dogs, Canadian geese, etc.   This course will feel like a combination of Science, Bible, and Art all wrapped into one class.

Homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. Most work will be done during class time. There may be occasions where students are asked to focus on an area of expertise to be ready for the next class. Mrs. Helvey will also encourage students to participate in local competitions/art shows if the opportunities arise. Students will create and choose at least one piece of their artwork to display at the end of the year, Awards Ceremony. 

Textbook/workbook information: Projects are taken from the “Character Sketches” books published by the “Institute in Basic Life Principals.” 

Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various techniques. It may be advisable to have a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.


JH Keyboarding

Teacher: Nafisia Morris

Cost: $10 for copies

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Middle School Students, also available to high school students who need beginner level instruction. 

Maximum Number of Students in this class: 10 

Minimum Number of Students in this class:

The overall objective is to teach students how to use any word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, and publisher/draw for their personal and/or educational use. I want to provide students with useful experience that will be helpful for school and their personal lives. 

Texts: None 

Objectives: 

Increase the student's knowledge of how to use a word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, publisher/draw for their own personal/educational use. We will be using LibreOffice (a free version of the Word Suite). 

Increase typing speed to a minimum of 30 wpm in an online typing software. 

Introduce student to 10 key using online typing software 

Expectations: 

  • Students will organize class handouts in a notebook. 
  • Students will complete an assignment at home each week from handouts (to be printed and/or emailed as determined by teacher). Assignments being emailed must be received by teacher prior to class each week. 
  • Students will practice typing each day for 15 minutes in online computer typing program and reach a minimum of 30 wpm by the end of the school year. 
  • Students will come to class prepared with the previous week’s assignment completed. 

Homework: 1-2 hours outside of class

Requirements: 

  • Home computer or laptop 
  • Access to the internet and email 
  • Libre Office (free download) at home 
  • USB flash drive (if not bringing laptop to Cottage Garden) 
  • Access to printer for printing completed assignments


JH Spanish

Teacher: Nafisia Morris

Suitable ages: This is a JH level course

Class Fee: $10/semester 

Textbook/workbook information: Each student must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed. 

Minimum number of students:

Maximum number of students: 12 

General description of the class: Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language. This class is recommended before taking Spanish I

Note: A 7th grader who successfully completes this class may be allowed to take HS Spanish 1 as an 8th grader.


Homemaking
Teacher: Kimberly Wood
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High (Please carefully read the possible homework assignments)
Maximum Number of Students in this class: 8

Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3
Class Fee: $20 per semester and students will need to purchase some supplies for projects that they will be taking home.
Objectives of this class: To teach students skills for maintaining a home in a fun and engaging way.

Description of the general class format: Class time will be spent in discussion with hands-on activities and demonstrations. There will be several field trips pertaining to topics as well. Listed below are some of the skills that will be learned.


  • Budgeting
  • Meal planning and grocery shopping
  • Nutrition and Whole Foods
  • Techniques in food preparation
  • Hospitality & Party Planning
  • Home Organization
  • Cleaning/Maintaining a Home
  • Homemade items including detergents, nut butters, nut milks, etc.
  • DIY projects for decorating, gift giving, etc.
  • Growing herbs
  • Parenting

Description of possible homework assignments: There will be occasional assignments pertaining to the weekly topic, such as creating and executing a meal plan and shopping trip, planning and hosting a social event, a DIY décor project and making a household product from scratch.
Textbooks/workbook information: No textbooks or workbooks needed


Junior High Logic

Teacher: Carrie Deever

Suitable ages, abilities, level needed for this class: 6-8th grade 

Class fee: $10.00

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of the class: 

Since we use logic every day it's important to study it so that we can reason more reliably. As Christians, logic can help us understand and remain in God's truth and prevent us from falling prey to error. Logic can assist our teens in preparation for almost any calling they have in life. In this engaging & interactive class students will learn: 

  1. To become better listeners & speakers as they interact in weekly discussions & activities about the material presented in the text or brought in by the teacher or their peers.    
  2. To be able to identify bad reasoning, put a higher value on good reasoning, & know how to spot fallacies in their own reasoning.

Description of the general class format: Each class period will consist of a combination of activities including discussion of chapters & questions from the text, interactive critical thinking activities, short peer presentations, logic games, and occasional tests. 

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework will involve reading short chapters from the book, answering review questions, drilling definitions, seeking out fallacies in daily life & the media, & occasional writing and practicing of 2-3 minute presentations about identified fallacies or bad reasoning. Estimated homework time outside of class is about 2 hours a week. 

Textbook or workbook information: 

Students will need to purchase the 4th edition of The Fallacy Detective. Other editions may not be used. Activities from The Art Of Argument, Mind Benders, & The Critical Thinking Company will be included, but these resources do not need to be purchased. We will also spend occasional class days playing various logic & critical thinking games. 


Junior High Girls’ Club

Teacher: Catherine Pratt

Goals for this class: Creativity, Fun, Sharing Blessings, and Being Blessed….

How we’ll reach these goals: Friendships, Fellowship, Food, Crafts, Games, Secret Sisters, Service, and Growing in the Lord

Materials needed: Students will need a Bible they can use to creatively write in

and decorate. A new Bible or an old Bible will work. Be sure it is in translation that you want them to use.

Cost for class: $20 will include materials for crafts, activities, treats, and surprises for the class members

Our class will be filled with fun activities designed to bless the girls and to give them opportunities to bless others. Our studies will be centered on being girls of influence, building relationships that bless others, and growing closer to Jesus. Our activities will include making fun crafts, planning and carrying out activities that will bless others, and investing in each other so that friendships are cultivated and grow.

“Home assignments” will be minimal, including working on the projects that we begin in class designed to bless others (such as secret sisters or hosting an activity for Cottage Garden—like the Valentine’s Party—or blessing the poor and homeless—like those served through “Operation Christmas Child” and “Jesus Closet,” as well as working to develop a daily time with the Lord.)

The goals of “Creativity, Fun, Sharing Blessings, and Being Blessed” in a caring atmosphere will give these middle-school-aged girls a sense of how they are created with a purpose, having unique and beautiful gifts they can use to bless others as they learn and experience ways they can grow in their faith and share God’s love and blessings with others.

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Pratt at csmoot1@gmail.com .


3D Art & Sculpture

[3D Art & Sculpture will rotate each year with 2D Elements of Art]

Teacher: Andrea Durbin

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Junior High & High School; no prerequisites

Class Fee: $35 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Objectives of this class: This art class will focus on learning the basic elements of three-dimensional art using fun and engaging lessons and projects. This class will be rotated with the 2D Elements of Art Class previously offered during 2018-2019.

Description of the general class format:  Weekly lessons and hands-on projects will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of art & design, as well as develop their artistic skills and creative expression. In class, students will use a variety of sculpture techniques and art forms involving 3D media as they create unique pieces to take home.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework for this class will be minimal, provided students focus on completing their work during class time.  Each student is required to submit at least one work for the End of the Year Program.

Textbook information:   No textbook is required. 

Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore various art techniques. It is advisable to bring a smock or old button-down shirt to protect clothes.


Junior High Speech

Teacher: Melissa Bartlett

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Class Fee: $10/Semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

  • To introduce students to the basics of writing and performing public speeches.
  • To provide speaking opportunities in order to reduce the fear of public speaking, and to gain personal self-confidence.
  • To provide opportunities to improve public speaking skills.

Description of the general class format:

Students will use creative and critical thinking to plan and make informed speeches. Students will develop and strengthen writing skills by planning, editing and revising speeches. Students will be required to write and present speeches. The speeches that will be covered throughout the school year are informative speech, persuasive speech, personal experience speech, demonstration speech, story-telling speech and a how-to speech.

Description of homework activities: There will be homework for those that do not finish the handout/s in class. They will be required to finish speeches at home (if not finished in class) and have a parent/friend to proofread each speech. When it is time to give the speech, the student is required to dress nice and wear church type attire.

Textbook/workbook information: There is no book required for this class. Any handouts the students need will be copied and handed out by the teacher. The student may need access to the internet and getting books needed to do research for certain speeches.

Students will need the following supplies:

  • Lined 3x5 notecards for speech preparation
  • Pocket Folder to keep handouts and speeches
  • Blue or Black pen
  • Loose leaf paper


JH Aerospace

Teacher: Cheryl Watkins

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Class Fee: $25

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

The Aerospace Education class is an educational, standards-based, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum that provides aerospace, aviation, space, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related activities to our students. Class time will consist of four lessons of instruction, one guest speaker, ie engineer from Boeing who helped engineer 737, USAF fighter pilot and MIT professor, etc, and one hands on STEM kit activity followed by a module test per module. Subjects will include, Unmanned Aviation Vehicles, computing with the Raspberry Pi (introduction to programming), Aerospace Education Excellence, Physics, Flight Simulator, Hydraulic Engineering, Rocketry and more, time allowing.  This class will improve your child’s understanding of Aerospace and its importance to society. Expect 30 mins a day homework and quizzes/ tests throughout each module study to access comprehension.


JH Boys’ Club

Teacher: Jonathan Flanders

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students in the class: 14

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

This class is meant to be a time to build friendships and have fun together. This class will include Bible devotions, games, indoor and out and some character development and a few life skills included! No homework!!


JH Texas History

Teacher: Donna Angelo

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students in the class: 14

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

General Class Description: Discover Texas History is a unit study helping students discover Texas history, geography and government one adventure after another! Each class we will study a different aspect or event in the history of Texas. Each unit provides opportunities to learn more about related topics or real people. A wide variety of study ideas allow students to experience aspects on each era firsthand, and discussion questions invite them to look deeper, think critically about the causes and effects and fit historical events into their personal worldview. There is no text book or workbook for this curriculum, so worksheets, vocabulary, print-outs and quizzes will be handed out each class. A binder will be provided for each student to keep their print-outs in.


Name of Class: JH Drama

Teacher: Julia Allison

Ability’s and/or skills needed: Any student who completes the Junior High Theater Arts Class

with a passing grade, is eligible for a fine arts credit for junior high students. We would like to

encourage any student from 6-8 grade regardless of past Theater Art or stage experience to be

a part of the class. Students and parents must sign a behavioral contract at the beginning of the

year to ensure both parties are aware of the expectations necessary to attend the class. We are

allotted a very short amount of class time so behavioral expectations will be high.

Cost: per student per semester $40 (Within our drama production class, several costs come up

throughout the semester, including scripts, set pieces, props, costume pieces, the use of a

stage, light/sound technician, required royalty fees which are necessary to perform any

published productions, and various others.)

Objectives of this class: Theater Arts are the perfect way to teach students life skills that are

applicable and crucial to their life beyond School such as confidence, empathy, teamwork,

dedication, and perseverance to name a few. This course gives your students an opportunity to

educate themselves on all things Theater in a God centered class environment. This year's

Theater Arts program will be performance-based learning giving the students the ability to get a

feel for the stage and allowing every student a chance to perform. Whether the audience is their classmates or at the final show with friends and family students will get ample opportunity to meet their goals as a performer. Students will also increase their knowledge in the “world of

theatre” (set design, stage makeup, auditioning, directing, acting, etc.), and to learn how God

can use the art of theatre to bring glory to Himself!

Description of the class format: Class time will be completely interactive, with an emphasis on

stage time! The main focus of the Junior High Drama Program will be to learn the basics of

theater and to perform/compete a one act play in January! As a class, we will go through units

devoted to different aspects of the theatre, both onstage and technical/offstage.

Minimum number of students:6

Description of the enrichment/ homework required: This is set up as a drama production class.

As we draw near to performance dates, there will absolutely be rehearsals outside of our class

time on Mondays, and it is MANDATORY that each student and parent COMMIT to make their

BEST efforts to be or have their enrolled student at EVERY outside rehearsal possible. The

2015-2016 year put our rehearsals on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons and we started

these outside rehearsals at least a month before our scheduled performance date. Registering

for this class implies that students/parents are committing to outside rehearsals. Our class will

be set up with two main performances our competition one act play in January and our end of

the year performance in April . Our One act play which will be a short 40 minute show that the

students will get a chance to compete in the east Texas academic rodeo Our spring show will

be a performance where students get to learn by doing and show off their skills and talents, they have fined tuned this year. Something we're introducing this year is Competing at the East

Texas State Fairs Academic Rodeo in the Drama Festival Junior High One Act Play competition.

This event will be held at the Tyler fair grounds and Junior High will perform one day in late

January! Every student in the class will be included in our one act play giving everyone the

chance to be apart of our team! Just like any other team sport practice makes perfect therefore

we need students to be rehearsing at home as well as in an organized rehearsal time. If your

student is competing, they MUST attend ALL scheduled rehearsals in order to compete their

piece. Any conflicts with rehearsal dates must be reported ahead of time not counting

unexpected emergencies. In order to represent Cottage Garden and put our best foot forward at competition students must be prepared as well as meet behavioral standards in order to

compete their piece.

Homework will be given in the form of lines to memorize, vocal exercises to practice and

improve projection and enunciation, and necessary work on their scenes. Completing this

homework is an important part of class participation and VITAL to the success of our

performance, therefore will be graded in the form of daily participation grades.

Please see the performance dates below. Students must be able to commit to these

performance dates to be in the class, as much class time is devoted to these productions.

Probable Performance dates for 2019/2020:

Fall semester: AT LEAST one performance the weekend of January 25,26,27

Spring semester: AT LEAST one performance the weekend of April 11, 12, 13

Textbook information: each student will be provided with a folder and required to have their folder each class. The students will be provided with their scripts. Any lost or damage scripts will

not be covered by the class fee and therefore be the student's responsibility.

Grading method: Because this is an elective, and everything we do in class will absolutely

depend on 100% active participation from each student, their grade will primarily come from

their level of participation in the class. (This does include completing the homework given, such

as line memorization, etc.) Each student will be provided a rubric for grading each performance,

this ensures students know what the need to work on and know what skills are improving.

However, this rubric will not be the source of the student's grade, each rubric will be sent home

to be signed by parents for participation points. This ensures that the students grade comes

from the amount of effort put into the class and that the parent can see where their students'

performance level often through the year. The goal here is improvement NOT perfection