English Through World History

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 7th–8th

Live Class: Wed 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates: Aug 21–May 3

Price: $549

Instructor: Bev Graybill

This course can be combined with either Ancient and Medieval History Bundle or Modern World History Bundle for a discounted price.

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Course Description

English through World History Syllabus and Book List

This middle-school English class integrates writing and literature assignments with world history topics. It is designed as a complement to Ancient and Medieval World History and Modern World History course; however, students completing any world history class are welcome to enroll.  Writing skills, grammar, and the elements of literature will be covered in this course. Students who enroll in this English course and either Ancient and Medieval World History or Modern World History receive a  discount.

Course Structure

Students will have compositions, poems, literature projects, and grammar exercises assigned in Canvas with teaching on all topics covered in the live class first. As time allows, students can work in pairs to help revise/edit each other’s compositions.

Course Goals

Students will

  • Improve formal writing with a focus on how to revise and edit.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of English grammar including: parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and common sentence errors.
  • Identify the elements of fiction through novels read as well as common techniques of literature such as irony, symbolism, flashback, and figurative language.
  • Read poetry related to people, places, and events studied and write poems.

Course Assignments

  • Read at least 8 books (historical fiction or biography); students enrolled in either of Mrs. Graybill’s history courses may use those books.
  • Write five multi-paragraph essays (informational, narrative, literary, compare/ contrast, persuasive)
  • Informative speech
  • Research paper
  • Creative story
  • Poems
  • Projects related to the elements of fiction
  • Grammar exercises

Who should enroll?

This class is for 7th – 8th graders who are taking a world history class concurrently. Other by permission from the instructor.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Webcam, headset, and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Microsoft Word and Power Point are 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

All exercises in Canvas will be graded and averaged for a final grade. Tests will be assigned. Essays and projects will receive additional feedback so that improvements can be made along the way.


Parents are welcome to contact me with any questions before registering their 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 with students not keeping up with the work or frequently turning in late assignments.

Required Texts

The Perfect English Grammar Workbook by Lisa McLendon. Zephryos Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1623157968


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Instructor Bio

Bev Graybill

Bev has known since she was in elementary school she’d become a teacher, having taught her one-year-younger brother everything she knew! After attending Millersville University and earning a B.S. in Special Education, a M.S. in Elementary Education, and a Reading Certificate, she taught for several years in both public and private schools and then left the world of teaching to start her own family.  From there, she discovered the amazing world of home schooling, teaching all of her four children for at least some of their years of school and teaching for more than 20 years at several different co-ops.  She currently also serves as a home school evaluator in Pennsylvania.  With a goal of visiting all 50 of the states, she and her husband have just a few more to go!   She also looks forward to becoming a grandma some day, but for now, her only “grandchild” is a pet pig!

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Email: bgraybill@aimacademy.online