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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.
ADVANCED Film and Literature 15+ Wed. 11:00 Rm. 21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Film and Literature 14+.
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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 & Writing 16+ T/TH 1:00 Rm. 21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: 2 years of high school language arts classes and permission.
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Analyzing the Apocalypse 14+ F Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Did you say zombies? Yes, zombies, disaster, disease. This cross- curricular course will examine the apocalypse in different forms to answer questions such as what about the current state of culture makes apocalypse themes so popular, how does the apocalypse reveal our humanity, what is it about the undead that makes us feel so alive? We will look at the apocalypse in history, in religion, in art, in literature, and in film and use critical thinking skills to engage in hands-on activities and thought experiments involving humanity in crisis, survival in an apocalypse, rebuilding society from the rumble. Students will inquire history for earliest examples of apocalypse, will will read and response to apocalyptic literature, will examine and evaluate apocalyptic art and film, will learn basic survival skills including how to construct a water filter and solar oven. The class will culminate in students designing an apocalypse escape room and inviting family and friends to play and experience a taste of the apocalypse.

Contemporary American Literature (14+) Library
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Over the last 20-30 years, America has experienced a lot of change and upheaval, and much of that change has been reflected in the stories being told over these last few decades. Just as literature from any historical era gives us a glimpse into the hopes, dreams and fears of that particular culture, this class will examine how contemporary American literature is looking at the hopes, dreams and fears we have today. We'll look at the works of authors like Ta-Nahesi Coates, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, David Sedaris and many more to examine themes like race, mental health challenges, religion, feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, and other topics that are regularly being addressed on both a local and national scale today. In this class, students will learn to see our world through varying lenses, learn critical thinking and empathy, and see the challenges and hopes set before us in our country today.


Creative Writing (12-15) Fri. 11:00 Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 - 15
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 and illustrate your own masterpiece.
The components of creative writing will be covered such as topics, detail, time, etc.


Crime Stories (13+) Rm. 23
Teacher: Elena Licu
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Using crime stories to learn critical reading and effective writing skills
The mystery and suspense of these age appropriate crime stories will engage students to practice skills they might otherwise not consider important.
Students will research infamous criminals (serial killers, mass shooters, and terrorists are purposely excluded) and share their bibliographic research projects with the class (blog, podcast, traditional research paper, or other formats students choose). We will learn to read critically, and to analyze tone and bias in non-fiction. Students will compare and contrast multiple sources of the same event, and evaluate sources for reliability.They will learn to select strong evidence to support an argument, and how to write a persuasive speech for a specific audience and purpose. We will record facts and findings of specific cases, and also explore and correlate greater crime and violence prevention issues and trends. Crime theory and statistics will supplement the crime stories and case studies discussed.
Crime Stories will cover some of the concepts currently covered in The Art of Persuasive Speaking class, such as: critical reading and analysis of sources, evaluating, comparing and contrasting multiple sources of the same event, seeking strong evidence to support an argument, writing a persuasive argument for a specific audience and purpose, to name a few.


Film and Literature (14+) F 11:00 Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Interactive Grammar (14+) Fri. 1:00 Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Learn to love grammar with hands-on activities, multi-media presentations, and games, games, games. We’ll play Parts of Speech Bingo, Verb Charades, Hide and Seek Adjectives/Adverbs, and more. We will be living sentences, get messy dissecting words and phrases, learn complex clauses tossing the dice, and construct our own, personal punctuation guidebook. Come join the fun and learn the important skills of how language and grammar work together.

Intermediate Lit. & Writing 15+ 1:00 W/F Rm. 21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Intermediate Lit. & Writing 15+ T/TH 11:00 Rm. 21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
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.

Journalism (13+) Library
Teacher: Shawn Braley
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 13 and up
11.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Good journalism is an incredibly important facet to any functioning society. In order to know what is truly happening in our cities and in our country, we need quality journalists telling us the truth without bias or coercion. This course equips students with an understanding of the principles and practice of journalism: how to recognize good stories, gather facts through skillful interviewing and research, develop sources, craft welcoming leads and satisfying endings, and create news and feature articles that inform and engage readers. This course will help students develop skills in writing stories, but also photojournalism.

Literature & Writing 14+ T/TH 11:00 Rm. Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Significant
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
This class offers a minimal refresher on reading comprehension techniques along with a review of literary elements and grammar concepts. Students will explore how literary elements such as setting, tone, mood, character development, symbols, etc. enhance themes and will use textual evidence to support claims in discussion and writing. Students will practice skills such as close reading and annotation. Class discussion and participation will be mandatory, and for each text explored, an essay will be assigned.
The class will culminate in student-led lessons allowing each student to prepare to lead the class in a discussion and lesson of the assigned text. Also, there will be a focus on research techniques and writing. Students will research a topic, prepare note-cards, write a research paper using an outlining/writing/rewriting process. Instruction will be engaging, student-forward, quick-paced with many visual presentations, powerful examples, and opportunities for engagement.


Literature & Writing 14+ T/TH 1:00 Rm. Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
This class offers a minimal refresher on reading comprehension techniques along with a review of literary elements and grammar concepts. Students will explore how literary elements such as setting, tone, mood, character development, symbols, etc. enhance themes and will use textual evidence to support claims in discussion and writing. Students will practice skills such as close reading and annotation. Class discussion and participation will be mandatory, and for each text explored, an essay will be assigned.
The class will culminate in student-led lessons allowing each student to prepare to lead the class in a discussion and lesson of the assigned text. Also, there will be a focus on research techniques and writing. Students will research a topic, prepare note-cards, write a research paper using an outlining/writing/rewriting process. Instruction will be engaging, student-forward, quick-paced with many visual presentations, powerful examples, and opportunities for engagement.


Literature & Writing 15+ W/F 9:30 Rm. 21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
This class is designed to help students build foundations in language structure, vocabulary, writing, reading and study skills to prepare them for subsequent high school work.
Students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres including short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and various types of novels. Significant emphasis will be placed not only on understanding the differences in genre, but on reading comprehension. Oftentimes teachers take it for granted that students automatically have a grasp on comprehension because most junior high students no longer struggle with accurate reading of words, but current research on reading shows that even very proficient readers need continual work on comprehension. In addition our reading will focus upon character analysis, theme and elements of plot. Our reading materials will represent writers from around the globe. Writing will include learning the conventions of essay writing, creative writing and editing. Grammar, and spelling will be included as part of the necessary conventions for writing. Students will be introduced to a variety of note-taking techniques and begin simple research projects. This class is designed to elicit as much student discussion and creativity as possible. This classroom will be run as much as possible as a workshop, a way of teaching and learning uniquely suited to adolescents of every ability. This workshop approach accommodates adolescents’ needs, invites their independence, and constantly challenges them.

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


Literature & Writing 5/6 T/TH 11:00 Rm. 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Welcome to the exciting world of reading and writing! These two elements go hand in hand and will therefore be looked at through a wider lens. Our goal is to become lovers of reading and writing by delving into the 'how' and 'why' some books and authors captivate our minds. Over the course of the year, we will explore novels, plays, poems, short stories, and articles. We will analyze literature through discussion, written response, and creative activities.
Writing will include work with fiction and non-fiction. Writers will review basic sentence structure and work towards building/implementing expressive, varied, grammatically correct sentences. We will focus on proper paragraph structure and build towards Five Paragraph Essay responses. This class is a safe space for authors to express themselves and try new skills.

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.

Every attempt will be made to have a class set of each novel provided by the library. However, in the event that the library cannot accommodate our needs, book purchases will be required.


Literature & Writing 6/7 T/TH 1:00 Rm. 20
Teacher: Dr. Sara Neyer
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 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 & Writing 7/8 T/TH 2:15 Rm. 20
Teacher: Dr. Sara Neyer
Outside Work: Moderate
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Welcome to the exciting world of reading and writing! These two elements go hand in hand and will therefore be looked at through a wider lens. Our focus this year, will be to read as many different authors that excite and stimulate our senses and to then dissect and learn from their particular styles. What makes one author's style enthralling, while another may seem a little less stimulating? Our goal is to become lovers of reading and writing by delving into the 'how' and 'why' some books and authors work, while others are not as successful.
Some examples of our course studies will be:
read a realistic fiction novel within a book club type setting- discuss the different elements of writing such as plot, setting, conflict, climax, antagonist, protagonist, and so forth. Within each reading genre, dissect and analyze the stylistic choices the author made in order to capture a tiny moment, or perhaps create a mood, etc- and then emulate it within our own realistic writing piece.
Read historical fiction- briefly learn about that historical period. Our focus will be to understand the historical points that are important to the book and what elements specifically categorize this novel as historical fiction. Next, emulate this style within our own writing.
Poetry unit (read the poetry, emulate the writing styles within our own writing pieces)
Fairy tale unit (during this unit we will actually be creating fairy tale books that we will then read to the elementary school classes if possible, maybe even preschool/kindergarten classes)
Nonfiction reading and writing unit
Op-eds for newspapers
If time allows, continue on to a fantasy unit, sci-fi, play scripts, and any other genre that may be of interest to the students.


Literature & Writing 8/9 T/TH 2:15 Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 - 15
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Students explore different genres of literature. Through multiple novel studies we read and analyze authors and their work. This is 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 are chosen during the year.

In our writing exercises we focus on multiple paragraph development. Additionally, we work on focus within our writing, grammar and sequencing. Students are asked to write a research paper on a topic of their choice. This class helps students realize the importance of writing and the influence they possess 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 is new each year.


Literature and Writing T/TH 9:30 15+ Rm #21
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: At least 1 year of Literature and Writing 9/10.
Ages: 15 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Prerequisites: At least 1 year of Literature and Writing 9/10.
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.


Mix & Magic (6-8) Rm. 24
Teacher: Dr. Joanna Abrams
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
This is a class for all magic lovers! We will explore the fantastical world of books, like Harry Potter or the Hobbit, and the wizardry of our own world, too. As a STEAM class, we will explore Potions (basic chemistry), Astronomy (learning constellations and making simple star charts), and Runes (codes and codebreaking). We will draw on art and literature, too: making our own magic wands, decorating the room to add ambience, exploring mythology, and writing and illustrating our own magical stories. The world is a magical place—let’s explore it together!


Reading & Writing 1/2 Rm #B-3
Teacher: Kelly Hilgeman
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: -Know all letter sounds and names -Blend letter sounds to read short vowel sound phonetic words: cat, hat, tall, etc. -Be able to listen to a word and identify the 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 a foundation of knowing all the 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 : $40.00
Students will participate in individualized as well as group activities to further develop and improve their reading and writing skills. Phonics, sight words, word families, comprehension, 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. Students will practice first and second grade reading and writing skills through various high-interest fiction and nonfiction texts. The students will have the opportunity to research an animal and share what they learn. We will end the year with either a poetry unit or a fable and folktale unit.


Reading & Writing 2/3 (7-9) Rm. B-3
Teacher: Kelly Hilgeman
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: -Be able to read end of first grade/beginning of second grade books independently. -Be able to write 2 to 3 sentences on a topic.
Ages: 7 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students will move from learning how to read to practicing more comprehension skills. We will read beginner chapter books and focus on 2nd/3rd grade reading skills. We will also learn from picture books, Scholastic News and Storyworks Magazines. We will read a variety of genres and practice our writing skills by responding to the material we read. We will write stories and practice opinion and persuasive writing. The students will learn about nonfiction text features and then use those to help them in a research project.


Reading and Writing 1/2 T/TH 9:30 Rm. B3
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: -Know all letter sounds and names -Blend letter sounds to read short vowel sound phonetic words: cat, hat, tall, etc. -Be able to listen to a word and identify the 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 a foundation of knowing all the 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, sight words, word families, comprehension, 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. Students will practice first and second grade reading and writing skills through various high-interest fiction and nonfiction texts. The students will have the opportunity to research an animal and share what they learn. We will end the year with either a poetry unit or a fable and folktale unit.


Reading and Writing 3/4 Rm. B3
Teacher: Kelly Hilgeman
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: -Be able to read beginning of third grade books independently with comprehension. -Write independently with some use of phonetic spelling but an awareness of common spelling rules. -Write with complete sentences, correct punctuation, and spaces between words. -Be emotionally/socially capable of reading the content of ¾ grade level books and participate in discussion groups. (For those little ones who want to skip on to this class, this is something to consider.)
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students explore different places, meet exciting characters through reading. We will read 2 to 3 fiction chapter books and one nonfiction chapter book throughout the year. Students have weekly reading and comprehension homework that connects with the current novel study. Students will also read fiction, nonfiction, debates, paired texts, plays and poetry to practice various reading and writing skills. We will wrap up the year with a poetry or a fractured fairy tale unit. Units will cycle through every other year.


Shakespeare Performance (10-13) Rm MPR/Stage
Teacher: Julie Locker
Outside Work: Moderate
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays close to show dates.
Ages: 10 - 14
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
In this class, we will use William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to learn techniques for acting Shakespeare’s text. By the end of the year, students will understand the textual features of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, portrayal of a character using body and voice, how to speak Shakespeare’s language clearly and effectively, and techniques for auditioning for Shakespearean productions. The course will culminate in a final performance.

Shakespeare Performance (14+) MPR/Stage
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays before performances.
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
In this class, we will use William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to learn techniques for acting Shakespeare’s text. By the end of the year, students will understand the textual features of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, portrayal of a character using body and voice, how to speak Shakespeare’s language clearly and effectively, and techniques for auditioning for Shakespearean productions. The course will culminate in a final performance.

Storytelling (12-14) Wed. 11:00 Library
Teacher: Shawn Braley
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Being able to tell a story well is 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 Mr. Sowash as a coach, students will develop their skills in using these tools. To illustrate these tools, Mr. Sowash, a master storyteller, will tell many stories himself, 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 will be explored. Students will learn how to use a microphone. Telling stories in class, students will learn to be at ease in front of a crowd and to speak in ways that will make people like to listen to what is being said.

The Zine (13+) Rm. 20
Teacher: Jessica Summers
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 0 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Help put together a biweekly publication for the leaves of learning students. Students will have the opportunity to write their own stories and create magazine spreads on subjects that matter to them from anything like school activities, popular games, fashion, food and more.

This is Your Book Club (13+) F 9:30 Library
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Students pick their favorite books, produce a movie trailer of the book and present these to the class. Then students decide which books to read in class. We will explore proven techniques for effective comprehension. Students will respond to the books in fun, interactive ways such as producing podcast book reviews, preforming readers’ theater, engaging in team-format debates, and modeling creative writing on texts. Along the way, readers will learn what makes a book good by exploring the elements of literature.

Wacky World of Writing 6-8 Rm # 11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 9
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Wacky World of Writing
Ages 6-9 Jennifer Deming

Are you ready to put your pen into action? In this class, young writers will develop basic writing skills in a low pressure, supportive, safe environment.
Topics to explore: basic letter formation, writing games, poetry, creative writing, and letter writing.
****This class is aimed at beginning to intermediate young writers.


Young Reader's Book Club (9-11) Rm #32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 9 - 11
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Escape the world we reside in and travel to faraway lands where dragons are slayed, animals talk, magic is real, and evil lurks around every corner. In this class, we will be reading a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. We will talk about the characters, the plot, the book's setting, and new words we don't quite know the meaning of. Each class we will also discuss our thoughts on what we read and what we think is going to happen next! At the end of each book there will be a final project to wrap up the story. Sometimes we will pretend to travel to the faraway place. Other times, we may create a delicacy from the book.


Young Readers Book Club (10-12) Rm. 32
Teacher: Sarah Mahoney
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 12
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Escape the world we reside in and travel to faraway lands where dragons are slayed, animals talk, magic is real, and evil lurks around every corner. In this class, we will be reading a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. We will talk about the characters, the plot, the book's setting, and new words we don't quite know the meaning of. Each class we will also discuss our thoughts on what we read and what we think is going to happen next! At the end of each book there will be a final project to wrap up the story. Sometimes we will pretend to travel to the faraway place. Other times, we may create a delicacy from the book.


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