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Location: Rocklin

Day & Time: Wednesday, 1:45-2:55

Grade: 10th-12th

Mentor: Jon Alston, aka Master Jon



This class is as close as a student will get to a college-level course in high school. I teach this course much in the way I taught my Freshman English classes at BYU-Idaho, using the Socratic Method. I have found this style is best to encourage students to work harder and gain more from their efforts.


Throughout the year, students will learn how to critically analyze and discuss texts, understand and interpret complex and differing ideas, and write effectively about personal opinions supported through research. There will be three major essays throughout the year, with small writing assignments in-between. The class will be challenging, maybe the most challenging class students have yet to take, but worth every minute!


I utilize Google Classroom for all assignments, communications, online discussions, and updates, so students need a personal Gmail account.  This makes it easy to refer to for homeschool teacher meetings, assignment details, due dates, and grades.


Required Materials:

  • Notebook dedicated to this class only
  • Pen or pencil


All classes are full-year classes. Students enrolled in a Fall Semester class will automatically enroll for Spring Semester in December to ensure their place in the class. Pricing is per semester.

Advanced Writing and Reasoning

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