Our Master Classes make great books and writing relevant and fun for teens! As they’re led through rich discussions and writing practice, our sensory connections to stories and artistic explorations of theme help lessons “stick.”
Writing instruction emphasizes literary analysis and critical writing skills, addressing California standards for English while practicing the writing process: brainstorming, rough drafting, revising, proofreading, and critiquing.
Art projects reflect the literary work’s theme and/or content, with the goal of deepening students’ understanding of story, character and context.
At the end of each class we’ll let you know which A-G and Common Core standards were met for literature analysis, writing, and art skills, for your student’s learning records. For example, click here to find out what we did in our Master Class on The Pearl by John Steinbeck, and the state standards we met.
I was so pleased to see that my son was encouraged and inspired by his first-rate instructors and classmates. It was also lovely to see him possess an unprecedented interest and responsibility for a writing assignment, and I have a vivid memory of being filled with gratitude as we discussed his writing theme together.
I love that my daughter was challenged to think and write – by someone other than me! She got valuable guidance, generated a solid piece of writing and beautiful artwork, and is eager to go back for more.
At right, sensory thematic elements from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.
Each class focuses on one pre-read work that has been approved by Ocean Grove Charter School for high school AG coursework in accordance with UC standards. Master Classes are high-level analytic, written, and artistic explorations of literature that include:
Classes are held 10am-3pm once a month, on Mondays. Throughout the day we alternate literary analysis, writing practice, and artistic explorations of the theme (or other key aspects) of the story.
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.”
Here’s an example of our hands-on approach to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles. As a way of enriching our interactive literary analysis of mood, landscape, the Victorian era, deductive and inductive reasoning, and more, we also learned the Victorian art of silhouettes, placing The Detective Himself against a mood-invoking backdrop that connotes the English moor.
Academic and artistic discussions continue throughout the art portion of every Master Class, making each a layered experience of memorable lessons. Content meets literature, writing, and art standards for A-G/Common Core.
Fees: Fees include all supplies and materials, except for the books. (Students should bring a snack.) LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.
Cancellations: If your plans change, please let us know at least 30 days prior to receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee. There will be no refunds within 30 days of an event (unless it is canceled by LitWits) as we’ve already purchased materials, hired instructors, and turned away wait-listers. Hope that makes sense and seems fair! We appreciate your consideration.