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Language Arts

Our goal is to help students become effective communicators: developing and refining their writing and speaking skills to effectively communicate with others, and honing their reading and listening skills to effectively receive communication from others. In addition, we strive to increase our students' appreciation of literature by introducing them to some of the great literary works.
Adv. Literature & Writing Rm #21
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Significant
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $55.00
*coming soon*

Advanced Film and Literature 16+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Film and Literature 14+.
Ages: 16 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This course is designed for students interested in studying film on an advanced level. This class will focus extensively on Film Theory, Film Criticism, and Cinema Studies. Students will read and become familiar with the major film theories, schools of film criticism, and concepts of cinematic studies. This course involves advanced reading and writing skills; students will write critical analyses on films incorporating film theory and criticism.
We will watch films both as a class and individually. Students will complete their own individual study of films and will present them to the class in multiple projects. We will cover a variety of film genres while learning about the cinematic studies which surround them. Films will be determined by the instructor with input from the class.
This course will prepare students with an interest in pursuing film studies for collegiate studies in film. This course incorporates the content of many advanced film studies classes on the college level, such as: exposure to major schools of film theory, familiarity and understanding of film criticism, knowledge of core concepts in film and cinematic studies, and learning about the roles of psychology, semiotics, and sociology in film.


Advanced Literature and Writing 16+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: 2 years of high school language arts classes
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This course is designed for advanced students in English who intend to study literature on the collegiate level. This is a rigorous course with a challenging workload. Our texts are commonly taught in AP or college courses and require a high-level of reading comprehension. Through an intensive study of classical literature from different periods, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of advanced literary elements, rhetorical devices, poetry, genres, and modes of literature. Students will research literary criticism and employ secondary sources in several literary analyses. Writing instruction will focus on writing for different audiences and purposes in multiple modes; enhancing clarity, sophistication, and depth of analysis; utilizing a variety of styles; and integrating secondary sources. Teacher recommendation is required.

Book Cooks 7-9 Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 7 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you ready to cook up some fun? Each week we will read a book (or more) together, then follow a recipe to create a snack that relates to the book. When time permits, we’ll work on a few other basic reading skills. I hope you’ll join us while we enjoy great books, delicious snacks, and good times together.

Creative Writing 10-12 Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00

Everyone has a story to tell! What's yours? Watch yours take shape as you learn to write your own masterpiece. The components of creative writing will be covered such as topics, detail, time, etc.


Film and Literature 14+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class provides an introduction to film studies, film techniques and aesthetics, film history and its impact on culture. Students will view, discuss, and write about films with an eye to specific cinematic techniques. Students will learn about psychoanalysis, feminist film theory, audience response, and spectator theory; the influence of cognitive psychology on individual response; and stereotyping, race, ethnicity and culture in film. We will explore the evolution of classical Hollywood cinema.

For the Love of Books 11-13 Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
Book lovers of the world, unite! Love to read? This is the class you’ve been waiting for. We will read our way through novels, cook books, short stories, poems, and more. This immersive class not only lets you talk about what you’ve read, but also helps you to experience the stories in a unique way. We will cook foods that relate to the stories (and enjoy our creations), create and play games that are relevant to the literature, create and decipher secret codes, and more. Homework will consist primarily of reading.

Intermediate Literature & Writing 15+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and at least one year of Literature and Writing 14+
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This course is designed for students who are becoming more advanced in the study of English. This class provides a college preparatory level of study equivalent to junior and senior level English. Students will engage in an in-depth survey of challenging texts from different periods of literature. They will develop higher level analytical skills and will further their understanding of literary elements. This course will introduce students to a variety of genres and modes of literature. Writing instruction will focus on enhancing coherence, unity, and depth of analysis in addition to writing in multiple modes. Students will research literary criticism and learn to integrate secondary sources. Teacher recommendation is required.

Leaf Press/ Journalism 14+ Rm#23
Teacher: Alyssa Brandt
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, students will learn writing skills, and then they will put these skills to use while reporting, copywriting, editing and proofreading LOL’s school newspaper, The Leaf Press. In addition, they will generate visual images, layout the copy and images, and then publish and distribute the newspaper.

We will focus on writing in a journalistic style. This will include learning to choose the correct and concise word for greatest impact, placing modifiers carefully, using action verbs and active sentences, eliminating redundancies, and avoiding clichés. Students will learn how to research, how to interview, how to write headlines and cutlines, how to report accurately and objectively, how to write creative and captivating leads, how to handle direct and indirect quotes, and how to organize a story.


Literature and Writing 14+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: At least 1 year of Literature and Writing 8/9.
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Prerequisites: At least 1 year of Literature and Writing 8/9
This course provides a foundational study of literature and writing development. Students will read a variety of literature of different genres and movements, and will learn to identify literary elements, analyze an author’s intent and style, and develop critical thinking skills. Writing instruction will focus on developing unity, coherence, and depth of thought; using MLA format and in-text citations; writing for different purposes and audiences; and learning the research process.


Literature and Writing 14+ Rm. #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: At least 1 year of Literature and Writing 8/9.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
See description for for 2017-18 class.

Literature and Writing 5/6 Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Students will explore different genres of literature. Through multiple novel studies we will read and analyze authors and their work. This will be done through games, art, writing activities, read alouds and other hands-on activities. Exploring literature through these interactive activities is sure to excite your child about literature and encourage him/her to continue reading! Novels will be chosen during the year.

In our writing excercises we will focus on multiple paragraph development. Additionally, we will work on focus within our writing, grammar and sequencing. Students will be asked to write a research paper on a topic of their choice. This class will help students realize the importance of writing and the influence they can have through their words.

All Literature and Writing classes are multi-age/grade classes, and it is expected that most students will stay in the class for two years. The material will be new each year.



Literature and Writing 6/7 Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 11 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Students will explore different genres of literature. Through multiple novel studies we will read and analyze authors and their work. This will be done through games, art, writing activities, read alouds and other hands-on activities. Exploring literature through these interactive activities is sure to excite your child about literature and encourage him/her to continue reading! Novels will be chosen during the year.

In our writing excercises we will focus on multiple paragraph development. Additionally, we will work on focus within our writing, grammar and sequencing. Students will be asked to write a research paper on a topic of their choice. This class will help students realize the importance of writing and the influence they can have through their words.

All Literature and Writing classes are multi-age/grade classes, and it is expected that most students will stay in the class for two years. The material will be new each year.


Literature and Writing 7/8 Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class focuses on developing and enhancing students' reading and writing skills. It is challenging and fun and sure to encourage your child to love to read and write!

We explore many different places, meet exciting characters and perform all kinds of stimulating activities through reading. We read aloud, perform plays and play games to enhance reading skills. We do at least one novel study; the students will choose the book after classes begin.


Students work on correct sentence structure, grammar and paragraph development through practice and activities. We focus on character development within our stories and have the chance to express our opinions through essay writing.

All Literature and Writing classes are multi-age/grade classes, and it is expected that most students will stay in the class for two or three years. The material will be new each year.


Literature and Writing 8/9 Rm # 25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 13 - 15
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class focuses on developing and enhancing students' reading and writing skills. It is challenging and fun and sure to encourage your child to love to read and write!

We explore many different places, meet exciting characters and perform all kinds of stimulating activities through reading. We read aloud, perform plays and play games to enhance reading skills. We do at least one novel study; the students will choose the book after classes begin.


Students work on correct sentence structure, grammar and paragraph development through practice and activities. We focus on character development within our stories and have the chance to express our opinions through essay writing.

All Literature and Writing classes are multi-age/grade classes, and it is expected that most students will stay in the class for two or three years. The material will be new each year.


Literature and Writing 9/10 Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 - 16
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This class focuses on developing and enhancing students' reading and writing skills. It is challenging and fun and sure to encourage your child to love to read and write!

We explore many different places, meet exciting characters and perform all kinds of stimulating activities through reading. We read aloud, perform plays and play games to enhance reading skills. We do at least one novel study; the students will choose the book after classes begin.


Students work on correct sentence structure, grammar and paragraph development through practice and activities. We focus on character development within our stories and have the chance to express our opinions through essay writing.

All Literature and Writing classes are multi-age/grade classes, and it is expected that most students will stay in the class for two or three years. The material will be new each year.


LOL News Team 12-14 Rm #23
Teacher: Cassie Murray
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you a budding writing, photographer, or videographer? Do you love reading the news? Creative students with an interest in journalism are encouraged to join our LOL News Team! We will study news writing, photography, interview skills, and social media in order to produce the LOL News. Topics covered will include finding credible sources, thinking critically about the news, internet safety, and the fundamental skills of journalism. We'll work together as a team to become more informed, empathetic and engaged with our LOL community and we'll highlight all of the amazing events, classes, special projects, students and teachers, and day-to-day culture at Leaves! Publishing opportunities include producing writing, photography, and short videos for the LOL News Facebook and Instagram pages. Although meeting in separate class times, the 12 - 14 class and the 15+ class will collaborate to produce the news.

LOL News Team 14+ Rm #23
Teacher: Alyssa Brandt
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Are you a budding writing, photographer, or videographer? Do you love reading the news? Creative students with an interest in journalism are encouraged to join our LOL News Team! We will study news writing, photography, interview skills, and social media in order to produce the LOL News. Topics covered will include finding credible sources, thinking critically about the news, internet safety, and the fundamental skills of journalism. We'll work together as a team to become more informed, empathetic and engaged with our LOL community and we'll highlight all of the amazing events, classes, special projects, students and teachers, and day-to-day culture at Leaves! Publishing opportunities include producing writing, photography, and short videos for the LOL News Facebook and Instagram pages. Although meeting in separate class times, the 12 - 14 class and the 15+ class will collaborate to produce the news.

Power of the Pen 13+ Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Independent writers in meet to prepare to compete in local and district writing competitions around Cincinnati. For those students whose passion is creative writing, this is the place for you!

Reading and Writing 1/2 Rm #B3
Teacher: Heidi Ferre
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: -Know all letter names and sounds -Blend letter sounds to read short vowel sound phonetic words :cat, hat, tall etc. -Be able to listen to a word and identify initial, medial, and ending sounds as a foundation for writing. *Sometimes children will know the sounds in isolation but read them incorrectly, especially vowels in the middle of a word. This is not a problem at the beginning of the year. It is more that they have the foundation of knowing all letter sounds. -Write all uppercase and lowercase letters -Provide rhyming words when given a word
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Students will participate in individualized as well as group activities to further develop and improve their reading and writing skills. Phonics, word attack skills, comprehension, journaling, a variety of writing activities, buddy-reading,and more will be part of our focus, as students work toward successful experiences in reading and writing.

All Literature and Writing classes are multi-age/grade classes and it is expected that most students will stay in the class for two years. The material will be new each year.


Reading and Writing 3/4 Rm #B3
Teacher: Heidi Ferre
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: -Be able to read end of second grade/beginning of 3rd grade books independently with comprehension. Usually these are lighter chapter books...i.e. Junie B. Jones. -Write independently with some use of phonetic spelling but an awareness of common spelling rules. -Write with complete sentences, correct capitalization, spaces between words, ending punctuation, and clear handwriting. -Be emotionally/socially capable of reading the content of 3/4 grade level books and participate in discussion groups. (For those little ones who want to skip to this older class, this is something to consider)
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Students explore different places, meet exciting characters and perform all kinds of stimulating activities through reading. We read aloud, perform plays and play games to enhance reading skills. We do at least one novel study. The book is chosen by the students from a book list after classes begin.

Scriptwriting for Film and TV 14+ Rm #30
Teacher: Neal Brown
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class, we will go over the principles of writing A/V scripts that are typically used for television style productions, and screenplays that are used for both shorts and feature-length films. The beginning part of the year will have us working together to help each student create their own scripts, and the second half of the year will involve us working as a class on a single feature-length script.

Shakespeare Performance 14+ Rm #24/MPR
Teachers: Alexa Glaser, Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Performance Shakespeare! The works of William Shakespeare are scripts meant to be performed! In this class, students will study, interpret, rehearse, and perform one Shakespeare play of their choosing -- a comedy or tragedy. Every actor should take on the Bard at least once in his or her career! Here is your opportunity! There will be Monday practices scheduled starting in January.

Storytelling 11-13 Rm #23
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Being able to tell a story well is not a talent; it's a skill which can be learned. This course will closely examine the tools of a storyteller: eyes, voice, hands, face, movement. By telling stories with Rick as a coach, students will develop their skills in using these tools. To illustrate these tools, Rick will tell many stories as well, drawn from his books and personal experience as well as from history and folklore. Students will discover, read, hear, and tell many different kinds of stories -- tall tales, fables, family stories, history stories, ghost stories, jokes and more -- each requiring a somewhat different approach. The use of props, sound effects, and music, and the creation of "story space" will also be mastered. Telling stories in class as well as in several storytelling events to which the public will be invited, the students will learn to be at ease in front of a crowd and to speak in ways that will make people love to listen.

The Art of the Short Story 14+ Rm #12
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
This class is designed to offer students in the Advanced Writing and Literature Class an opportunity for a third day of class, or this class can stand alone.

We will read and discuss some of the world’s most famous short stories by authors including Ernest Hemingway, Anton Chekov, Edgar Allen Poe, Joyce Carol Oats, William Faukner, Flannery O’Connor, Cynthia Ozick, Can Xue, and Jorge Louis Borges among others. This class will also write many "short short" stories throughout the year. The aim is to ignite a love and appreciation for the short story form.


The Craft of Writing 14+ Rm #12
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class will help each student build better sentences via a foundational understanding of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students will learn that imitation is one of the best ways to strengthen their writing and will be encouraged to bring in a variety of their favorite books throughout the year to use as guides for good sentence building. We will explore a variety of writing including creative, expository, research and personal. Each class will focus on the different needs of the individual student and will help them to strengthen and move forward from the point of their current writing, spelling and grammar skills.

Writing Help Workshop 12-14 Rm #25
Teacher: Charity Kuzuhara
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class provides students with assistance on their written assignments and is ideal for students who struggle with getting started or just need some guidance. Class size will be kept small so that each student has the opportunity for individualized attention.

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