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English Course for Teens

ENGLISH courses and TUTORING (13+)

Semester courses in literature and writing

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Chronicles and Foundations are our English courses for teens.  Both are rich, comprehensive English courses that teaches essential lessons through in-depth studies of literature, supplemented by history, music, film and art. They’ll broaden your student’s horizons and prepare him or her for college—and for life!

In both courses, students will:

  • study significant narratives and poetry in depth
  • analyze different expressions of similar ideas, e.g. through music, film, and art
  • engage with important ideas to understand the impact of literature
  • gain essential composition skills
  • write three full-length essays every semester

Each course is described below. If you have questions about content, or aren’t sure which course is best for your teen, please contact the instructor, Mrs. Craddock.

Foundations

Foundations is our semester-length writing and literature course for grades 7-10 (older kids welcome). It’s a-g approved for grades 9-10, and meets California language arts standards, including essay writing. The reading list and course schedule for fall 2021 is below; our spring schedule will be posted in December.

NOTE: There’s an option to sign up with the instructor for tutoring in academic writing.  We also offer writing tutoring to ANY teen — not just course enrollees.

Hours:  Zoom class Mondays 9am – 11am; the companion tutoring option is by arrangement with the instructor.

Fall dates: August 30 through Dec 13 (14 weeks total)

Chronicles

Chronicles: American Inheritance is a college-prep writing and literature course for mature teens.*  It’s geared toward juniors and seniors who are ready to be challenged in their critical thinking skills, and who can commit to practicing good planning and time management. It’s perfect for advanced students, especially those who’d like to meet their American Lit requirement and take US History simultaneously. Students will listen to and connect with different people groups in America throughout our nation’s history. The content is PG-13.

Chronicles meets all California language arts standards (including essay writing), and many California history standards; every month you’ll receive a list of CA state standards met. The reading list and course schedule for fall 2021 is below, and our spring schedule will be posted in December.

*Younger high school students are also welcome if they are up for college-prep rigor, OR if they choose the “modified” course track, which adjusts to the expectations of their grade level.

NOTE:  There’s an option to sign up with the instructor for tutoring in academic writing.  We also offer writing tutoring to ANY teen — not just course enrollees.

Hours:  Zoom class Tuesdays 9am – 11am; the companion tutoring option is by arrangement with the instructor.

Fall dates: August 31 through Dec 14 (14 weeks total)

If you have questions about course content, or aren’t sure which course is best for your teen, please contact the instructor, Mrs. Craddock.

 

Cost:  Each 14-week course is $425. The tutoring options are $490 for the semester ($35/hour).  Fewer sessions are available by arrangement for $45/hour.

LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove, South Sutter, and Sky Mountain Charter Schools.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the first day of class, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund; there are no refunds within 30 days. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.

LIsa Craddock LitWits instructor English courses and writing camps

Instructor:  We couldn’t ask for a more qualified, enthusiastic, teen-savvy teacher for your kids 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.

FOUNDATIONS COURSE SCHEDULE – Fall 2021

Grades 7-10 (older kids welcome); a-g approved for grades 9-10

SEMESTER INTRO: Coming of Age

Week 1 (Zoom class meets August 30)

UNIT ONE

Week 2 (No Zoom class Sept 6–Labor Day):  The Light Princess by George MacDonald

Week 3 (Zoom class meets Sept 13):  The Miracle Worker—the play/The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller

UNIT TWO

Week 4 (Zoom class meets Sept 20):  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Week 5 (Zoom class meets Sept 27): Great Expectations

Week 6 (Zoom class meets Oct 4): Great Expectations

Week 7 (Zoom class meets Oct 11):  The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck

Week 8 (Zoom class meets Oct. 18):  Midterms

Week 9 (Zoom class meets Oct 25):  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Week 10 (Zoom class meets Nov 1): To Kill a Mockingbird

Week 11 (Zoom class meets Nov 8): To Kill a Mockingbird

UNIT THREE

Week 12 (Zoom class meets Nov 15):  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  by William Kamkwamba

****NO CLASS Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving Break Week

Week 13 (Zoom class meets Nov 29):  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Week 14 (Zoom class meets Dec 6) – Last assignments due Dec 13

 

CHRONICLES COURSE SCHEDULE – Fall 2021

Mature teens; meets California language arts requirements including essay writing

This course plan will be finalized at the beginning of the semester; as is, this overview reflects the quality and significance of the titles and ideas we will work with this semester.

Week 1: Zoom class meets Aug 31):  Class Intro–Foundational stories; Cherokee creation story

Week 2 (Zoom class meets Sept 7):  The Puritan heart: Jonathan Edwards, Edward Taylor, Anne Bradstreet; The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Week 3 (Zoom class meets Sept 14):  The Scarlet Letter

Week 4 (Zoom class meets Sept 21):  The Scarlet Letter

Week 5 (Zoom class meets Sept 28):  Making Connections: “The American Crisis, Number 1,” by Thomas Paine; Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (excerpts); poetry of Phillis Wheatley

Week 6 (Zoom class meets Oct 5):  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (excerpts); Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (excerpts) by Harriet Jacobs

Week 7 (Zoom class meets Oct 12):  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Week 8 (Zoom class meets Oct 19):  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Week 9 (Zoom class meets Oct 26):  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Week 10 (Zoom class meets Nov 2):  “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass; “An Account of an Experience with Discrimination” and “And Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth

Week 11 (Zoom class meets Nov 9): Glory (1989)“The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln; The Red Badge of Courage (excerpt) by Stephen Crane

Week  12 (Zoom class meets Nov 16):  Dances with Wolves (1990); Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (excerpts) by Dee Brown; “I Will Fight No More Forever” by Chief Joseph

*****NO CLASS Nov 23—Thanksgiving Break Week

Week 13 (Zoom class meets Nov 30):  Ragtime, the musical

Week 14 (Zoom class meets Dec 7): Ragtime & the Harlem Renaissance

This plan represents the major works we will study this semester; additional short works may be built into the schedule, to round out our learning and meet CA state requirements. A final schedule, with links to recommended versions of the works, will be given to you when you register for the class.