Course Description: This course is recommended for 8th – 10th grade students and for those who need and desire additional experience with the writing process. Students will read more challenging literature for enjoyment and as a catalyst for further analytical thinking via discussion and written responses. Student journals will be kept and will include such entries as vocabulary, word origin, critique, character studies, foreshadowing, narrative voice, author’s intention, and summarization. Editing skills, creative writing, research essays, class presentations, and three-point thesis writing will be taught under the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. Oral presentations will be practiced. 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.
Novels may include: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson; The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn (Robin Buss – translator); A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park; Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dover Thrift Publications); and The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan (must be the copy by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.) This class fills quickly! Please register immediately.
Instructor: Pamela Sperbeck, (804)-852-7785, firstname.lastname@example.org(emailing is preferred)
Tuition: $495 per year, payable $55 per month
Copy Fee: $75
Text: access to a college level or online dictionary (may be kept at home).
Class Maximum: 14 students
Class Minimum: 4 students