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Chronicles

Foundational Narratives

 

We’re excited to be offering this college-prep course for upper-teens. This semester-length course will help students will learn valuable lessons through in-depth studies of literature, supplemented by music, film and art. Students will read significant narratives, engage with important ideas to understand the impact of American history, gain essential composition skills, and write a full-length essay.

This course will greatly assist parents/students in meeting a-g goals in English and history, and will meet many selected CCSS/OGCS requirements. At the end of the semester, you’ll get a list of the standards met. Recommended for ages 16+, but younger mature teens are welcome at parental discretion.

REGISTER FOR SPRING 2019

Instructor Lisa Craddock holds BAs in Literature and Theatre, and a Master of Humanities in Film Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric, or “the art of speaking and writing effectively.”

Lisa has taught classes in literature, composition, and film for the University of Colorado. Her scholarship, essays, poetry, and plays have appeared in a variety of literary and academic venues.  She considers it a privilege to homeschool her own four children, avid fans of LitWits since its beginning.

Lisa has for years led educational events for the homeschool community, helping young readers understand themselves and the world through “living books.”

 

SPRING 2019: Foundations

This semester’s focus is on narrative genres, the foundations of all stories. We’ll work with titles that support both American Lit and World/British Lit, which are required by Ocean Grove/California.Specific titles are still being chosen – we’ll update this page soon.

Students will come to the first class having studied the assigned works and prepared to discuss them.

Week 1: Feb 1 – Myth and Sacred Stories; The Secret of Roan Inish (movie)

Week 2: Feb 8 – Drama; Oedipus Rex by Sophocles or Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus

Week 3: Feb 15 – Fables; Aesop’s fables, trickster tales (Native American, African American, Eastern European)

Week 4: Feb 22 – Epic; BeowulfThe Odyssey and Star Wars (movie)

Week 5: Mar 8 – The Romance; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight(selections) and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (movie)

Week 6: Mar 15 – Narrative Poetry: TBD, possibly Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Charge of the Light Brigade, and some modern pieces

Week 7: Mar 22 – The Short Story: TBD, up to four American authors

Week 8: Mar 29 – Biography/Autobiography: TBD

Week 9: Apr 5 – Memoir; selections from Walden by Thoreau and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Week 10: Apr 12 – Documentary; TBD

Week 11: Apr 26 – The Novel; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Week 12: May 3 – The Novel; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Instructor: Lisa Craddock holds BAs in Literature and Theatre, and a Master of Humanities in Film Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric, or “the art of speaking and writing effectively.” Lisa has taught classes in literature, composition, and film for the University of Colorado. Her scholarship, essays, poetry, and plays have appeared in a variety of literary and academic venues.  She considers it a privilege to homeschool her own four children, avid fans of LitWits since its beginning. Lisa has led educational events for the homeschool community for several years, helping young readers understand themselves and the world through “living books.”

Hours:  9am – 12pm on the dates above

Ages:  Recommended for kids 16+, but younger mature children are welcome at parental discretion.

Cost:  Each semester-length course is $375, with a sibling discount of $25 per student. LitWits Workshops is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School and Inspire Charter Schools. Charter parents, please enter promo code CHARTER-CH to register, then request a purchase order or enrichment certificate.

Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel before January 1st, you’ll have the choice of a refund or makeup. Makeups may be applied to any LitWits events.(Use promo code MAKEUP to re-register, and please remind us, in the Notes field, which event you missed.) If you cancel after January 1st, you’ll have a makeup coming. There are no refunds or make-ups for no-shows, as we’ve hired our instructor based on expected enrollment.

There are no refunds for no-shows, as we’ve hired our instructor based on expected enrollment. We hope that makes sense and seems fair!

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