This enrichment course is for students entering 6th grade who are looking for an advanced curriculum and wish to increase skills in the areas of literature analysis, composition, and grammar, style, and usage. Students will develop strong writing habits by reading various texts and writing companion pieces of poetry, prose, essays, blogs, and emails. Explicit grammar instruction will further sentence structure and fluency. Deep analysis of texts of all kinds will develop vocabulary and expose students to the organization, purpose, and audience of each genre of writing. Students in this course are drawn from grades 6 - 8. Each student will receive an individualized learning plan based on their skill level.
Eppie Astudillo has 16 years of teaching experience. She has taught junior high English at American Heritage for 5 years. She has a BS in Mass Communication with a concentration in print journalism from Florida International University. She also holds Gifted and ESOL endorsements on her teacher certification. She has been one of the coordinators for the Junior High Literary Fair for the past four years, which has been an avenue for students to showcase their creative writing. She also enjoys her work as a volunteer for the Junior High First Priority Club.
Mrs. Maryanne Hurtado graduated from Salem State University with a B.A. in English and a double minor in Spanish and Secondary Education. Mrs. Hurtado is certified to teach English in Massachusetts and Florida. She has been teaching at American Heritage for 23 years. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem to help voice the interests of children in foster care. Mrs. Hurtado's educational goal is to have students find themselves in the materials we read (poetry, non-fiction, fiction) and express themselves through their own thoughtful writing.
Mrs. Laci Cedeno graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education before moving to South Florida to teach high school reading and English courses, including classes in the Cambridge AICE program and electives such as Literary Genres, in the public school system. With a passion for reading, Mrs. Cedeno earned her Master of Science as a Reading Specialist from Barry University. This is her 19th year teaching and her first year at American Heritage.
A class may be canceled if fewer than 6 students enroll, and a specific teacher is not guaranteed. It is the parents’ responsibility to check with their child's school when seeking credit for a course. For online courses, the students’ cameras MUST be turned on at all times, and attendance is mandatory. To protect the privacy rights of all, there is absolutely no videotaping or recording by students during the course. Students must be age appropriate for the course, and all students must adhere to proper online etiquette. For online courses, young children must be supervised by a parent at all times.