Prerequisite: Intermediate Writing and Literature or writing sample and reading list submitted to instructor for evaluation.
Course Description: This class is recommended for students in 10th – 12th grades. Using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format, editing skills, creative writing, research papers, thesis essays, proper source citing, debating/forensic strategies, and oral presentations will be practiced. Higher-level thinking including analysis, evaluation, and creation will be applied. Reading comprehension will be tested via verbal discussion, summarization, plot diagrams, and exams. Students will begin practicing skills for SAT writing using in-class timed paragraph and essay writing assignments. Students will continue their study and their writing of original poetry and prose as well as memorization of passages via Shakespeare, Longfellow, O Henry, Wilde, Bronte, Poe, Blake, and more. A satire unit will be taught. All instruction and class discussion will be guided by our Christian worldview. It is necessary to strengthen that viewpoint, and therefore our abiding faith in God, by discussing themes and characters’ choices that may come in conflict with our position. Rest assured, our Heavenly Father is invited to every class and is the center of our discussions. This class fills quickly! Please register immediately.
Novels may include: Swipe by Evan Angler, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Barnes & Noble Classics, Fine Creative Media, Inc.; Izzy’s Fire by Nancy Wright Beasley or We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust compiled by Jacob Boas, Scholastic Inc.; Much Ado About Nothing: No Fear Shakespeare by William Shakespeare, Spark Publishing, 2004.
Instructor: Pamela Sperbeck, (804) 852-7785, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition: $495 per year, payable $55 per month
Copy Fee: $75 yearly copy fee per student
Text: access to a collegiate or online dictionary (may be kept at home).
Class Maximum: 14 students
Class Minimum: 4 students