We’re thrilled to be offering an a-g approved semester-length, college-prep course for teens! Foundations (13+) will meet ALL language arts standards, including essay writing. For Fall of 2020, at least, it will be offered only online.
(There’s an add-on option for after-class tutoring in academic writing. We also offer writing tutoring to ANY teen — not just course enrollees — from 12-1pm on either Thursdays or Fridays.)
This course will teach essential lessons through in-depth studies of literature, supplemented by music, film and art. This rich, comprehensive English course will broaden your student’s horizons and prepare them for college—and life! At the end of the semester, you’ll get a list of the standards met.
Our former Master Classes have been absorbed into this course, allowing the time and regularity to:
See the reading list for Foundations below.
Hours: 9am – 11am (The after-class tutoring option is from 11am-noon)
See the course schedule for last year’s Foundations course, below.
Instructor: We couldn’t ask for a more qualified, enthusiastic, teen-savvy teacher for these two important courses than our wonderful Mrs. C.! Lisa Craddock holds BAs in Literature and Theatre, and a Master of Humanities in Film Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric (the art of speaking and writing effectively). She has taught classes in literature, composition, and film for the University of Colorado, and her scholarship, essays, poetry, and plays have appeared in a variety of literary and academic venues.
Lisa considers it a privilege to homeschool her own four children, avid fans of LitWits since its beginning. She’s led many educational events for the homeschool community, helping young readers understand themselves and the world through “living books.” We’re so proud to have her on our team! We know she’ll help your teens grasp great big ideas and gain skills they’ll never forget.
Cost: Each semester-length course is $395. The tutoring options are $490 for the semester. Single tutoring sessions are available by arrangement for $45/hour.
LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the first day of class, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund. Within 30 days we’ll refund 50%, as we’ve incurred per-child costs by then. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.
The course plan will be finalized at the beginning of the semester, but the schedule below reflects the quality and significance of the titles and ideas we will work with this semester.
Fall 2019: The Origins of Narrative
UNIT ONE: Rooted in Conflict
Week One: 8/29 Myths and Sacred Stories: Multi-cultural narratives of Creation, Fall, and Redemption, and The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Week Two: 9/5 Fables and Fairy Tales: Aesop’s fables, trickster tales (Native American, African American, Eastern European), the Grimm brothers, Animal Farm
Week Three: 9/12 The Quest: The Odyssey, Star Wars (1977)
(No Class 9/19)
Week Four: 9/26 Overcoming the Monster: The Greek myth of Perseus, The War of the Worlds
UNIT TWO: Knowing, Understanding, Being & Becoming
Week Five: 10/3 Voyage and Return: The Greek myth of Orpheus & Eurydice, The Neverending Story (1984)
Week Six: 10/10 Rags to Riches: Cinderella around the world
Week Seven: 10/17 Rags to Riches Pt.2: The Cinderella project
Week Eight: 10/24 Comedy: Much Ado About Nothing
Week Nine: 10/31 Comedy Pt. 2: Emma
Week Ten: 11/7 Tragedy: Romeo & Juliet
Week Eleven: 11/14 Tragedy Pt. 2: The Greek myth of Icarus, The Snow Goose, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
UNIT THREE: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Week Twelve: 11/21 Rebirth: A Christmas Carol
Week Thirteen: 12/5
Week Fourteen: 12/12
Spring 2020: Uniquely American Narratives
UNIT ONE: Difference and Destiny–America’s Origin Stories
Week One: 1/30 Great American Myths: The Musical 1776, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (excerpts), George Washington
Week Two: 2/6 Slave Narratives: The Uncle Remus Tales, Mules & Men (excerpts), spirituals
Week Three: 2/13 Slave Narratives Pt. 2: 12 Years a Slave (excerpts), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (excerpts)
Week Four: 2/20 The Abolitionist Narrative: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Week Five: 2/27 American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale: Pocahontas, Annie Oakley, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
UNIT TWO: The American Imagination—Journey of Transformation
Week Six: 3/5 Overcoming the Monster: Moby Dick (graphic novel—teacher will provide)
Week Seven: 3/12 Rags to Riches: The Gold Rush (1925), Rocky (1976), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Blind Side (2009)
(No Class 3/19)
Week Eight: 3/26 The Quest: Roughing It (excerpts), Travels with Charley (excerpts), Into the Wild (excerpt)
Week Nine: 4/2 Voyage and Return: The Old Man and the Sea, Apollo 13 (1995)
(No Class 4/9)
Week Ten: 4/16 Tragedy & Comedy: West Side Story (1961), The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
UNIT THREE: How We Envision Our Own Stories
Week Eleven: 4/23 Rebirth: Dandelion Wine
Week Twelve: 4/30 How Will America’s Story End?: Fahrenheit 451
Week Thirteen: 5/7 The Great American Hero
Week Fourteen: 5/14 Writing Our Own Story: The Outsiders