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English Course for Teens

ENGLISH course and TUTORING (13+)

Semester course in literature and writing

REGISTER NOW for FALL - DEADLINE 9/7

We’re thrilled to be offering a semester-length writing and literature course for teens! Foundations is a-g approved for grades 9-10, and will meet California language arts standards, including essay writing.  (If you’re interested in Chronicles, our a-g approved American Lit course for grade 11, please email Mrs. C–we can offer that class Wednesdays with a minimum of 4 students. See the overview and reading schedule below the Foundations schedule).

NOTE: There’s an option to sign up for  after-class tutoring in academic writing.  We also offerwriting tutoring to ANY teen — not just course enrollees.

Foundations is a rich, comprehensive English course that teaches essential lessons through in-depth studies of literature, supplemented by music, film and art. It will broaden your student’s horizons and prepare him or her for college—and for life! At the end of the semester, you’ll get a list of the standards met.

In this course, 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 American history
  • gain essential composition skills every week
  • write at least one full-length essay every semester

See the reading list and course schedule below for Foundations (and Chronicles, if our minimum is met).  For Fall of 2020, at least, all our courses will be taught only online.

Hours: 9am – 11am; the after-class tutoring option is by arrangement. (If we’re able to hold Chronicles, our a-g approved Americah Lit course for grade 11, the hours will be 9-11am on Wednesdays. Please email Mrs. C. if you’re interested in that.)

Fall Dates:  August 31 – December 7, 2020

Cost:  Each 14-week course is $390. The tutoring options are $490 for the semester ($35/hour).  Prices drop $20 for each additional sibling. Fewer sessions are available by arrangement for $45/hour. Deadline to register is 9/7/20.

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; there are no refunds within 30 days. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.

COURSE SCHEDULE Fall 2020

 

FOUNDATIONS

Ages 13+, grades 7-12; a-g approved for grades 9-12

 

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.

Week 1                 8/31 Zoom Class Intro, The Ancient World Speaks; Gilgamesh (Sumerian)

UNIT ONE: Rooted in Conflict

Week 2                9/7 No Zoom; “Danaus, Perseus and the Gorgon” (Grecian)

Week 3                9/14 Zoom Class; The Odyssey (9-10), Oedipus Tyrannus (11-12) (Grecian)

Week 4                9/21 Zoom Class; The Aeneid (Roman)

Week 5                9/28 Zoom Class

 

UNIT TWO: What Makes a Hero?

Week 6                10/5 Zoom Class; Beowulf (Old English)

Week 7                10/12 Zoom Class; Beowulf, Cont.

Week 8                10/19 Zoom Class; Heroes of Iceland, Rolf and the Viking Bow (Icelandic)

Week 9                10/26 Zoom Class; Rolf and the Viking Bow, Cont.

 

UNIT THREE: Heroes Who Inspire Change

Week 10             11/2 Zoom Class; Journey to Jo’Berg, by Beverley Naidoo (9-10); The Power of One, by Bruce Courtenay (11-12) (South African)

Week 11              11/9 Zoom Class; Comparing writings of Nelson Mandela & Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week 12              11/16 Zoom Class; Invictus (2009)

Fall Break           11/23 No Zoom

Week 13              11/30 Zoom Class

Week 14              12/7 Zoom Class

This plan represents the major works we will study this semester; additional short works will 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 sent to you when you register for the class.

COURSE SCHEDULE Fall 2020

 

CHRONICLES

(a-g approved for 11th grade; will be held Wednesdays 9-11 9/2-12/9 if meets 4-student minimum.

Please email Mrs. C. if interested.)

Chronicles: American Inheritance, Fall 2020  |  Course Description & Objectives
Over the course of this semester we will follow the story of our nation’s continually emerging and developing cultural identity, with its numerous and multi-colored narrative threads intertwining, beginning with the First Peoples and ending with Westward Expansion. Our goal is to engage with important works, whether fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary. We will study books, speeches, art, movies—anything that can help us see where we started as a nation, and how our ideas and voices have defined who we are as a people through decades of growth and change. We will practice critical thinking, discussing, and writing, in short exercises and one 5-7 page Response to Literature essay. Students will also complete two short independent research projects which they will present to their classmates.

American Inheritance is a complete a-g English 11/American Literature class, and completing both the first and second semesters will meet all required state standards in that subject.

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.

 

Week 1                          9/2 Zoom class intro; Cherokee creation story

Week 2                          Zoom Class: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the musical Hamilton

Week 3                          Zoom Class: “The American Crisis, Number 1” by Thomas Paine

Week 4                          Zoom Class: The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson

Week 5                          Zoom Class: Poetry of Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley

Week 6                          Zoom Class: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Week 7                          Zoom Class: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Week 8                          Zoom Class: 12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup

Week 9                          Zoom Class: 12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup

Week 10                        Zoom Class: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass, “An Account of an Experience with Discrimination” by Sojourner Truth, ”And Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth

Week 11                         Zoom Class: Primary Sources from the Civil War

Week 12                        Zoom Class: Glory (1989)

Fall Break                     No class

Week 13                        Zoom Class: Dances with Wolves (1990), “I Will Fight No More Forever” by Chief Joseph

Week 14                        12/9 Zoom Class:  Roughing It  by Mark Twain

 

This plan represents the major works we will study this semester; additional short works will 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 sent to you when you register for the class.

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.

Registration Form

DEADLINE 9/7

(This form can also be used to register for tutoring in academic writing, with or without course enrollment.)

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