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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 15+ Permission W/F Rm #21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Ages: 16 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Permission Only

Analyzing the Apocalypse 14+ W Rm. 25
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 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.

Books Come Alive 8-10 Rm #11
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 10
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Open the pages to a whole new world as we bring some favorite books to life. Have you ever read Harry Potter and wondered just what Hagrid's treacle tart tastes like? Would you like to create your own Quidditch Game? How about creating your own snowy, wonder-world like Narnia? As we read our books, we will recreate recipes, create games, perform short skits, and more to make these stories come alive. Let the adventure begin!
Outside class work: Students will be required to read (or listen to) the books outside of class time.


Conscious Connections 13+ Rm
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Sherry McHenry
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
In this class we learn effective approaches to the way we connect with others and communicate, especially in challenging situations. Learn practical skills in bringing more awareness, insight, compassion, and choice to your communications. The way we speak, to others and especially to ourselves, how we connect with and treat ourselves, all affect our connection with other people. Develop deeper listening skills and the ability to stay present in conversations. When we are not mindfully communicating we judge, label, blame and criticize ourselves and others. Develop awareness of those negative patterns and choose to communicate more effectively.

Creative Writing 12-14 Rm #25
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
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.

Elementary My Dear Shakespeare 10-13 Rm # 36
Teacher: Joe Kozak
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 10 - 13
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Students learn about the fascinating life of William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age. The class culminates with an Elizabethan Festival, during which participants will perform a reduced version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. When children enter this hilarious, magical world of fairies, fools, and lovers, they become Shakespeare fans for life. Costumes, set design, parent involvement, and a visit from a Cincinnati Shakespeare Company actor, are all a part of this magnificent Shakesperience.

Facts, Fiction and Lies 14+ Rm. 31
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Who wrote this? What was their motive? What are they trying to tell me, and why should I believe them - or care? What is the plot? And who is plotting? This class will search for clues in a variety of written materials, from books and articles to social media posts. We will look at themes, ideas, supporting details, context and source. We’ll work on organizing the information we collect, and our thoughts, and we’ll share those both orally and in writing. The focus on mechanics and grammar will be in improving each writer’s skills, clarity, and appeal

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 advanced thinking course is designed for anyone who has an interest in learning more about films and literature in general, screenwriting, how the written word is translated to the screen, and cultural and historical aspects of adaptation. The course may also be of interest to those who want to sharpen their critical thinking skills in preparation for college, have an interest in teaching or film production, those who may have an interest in directing, photography, cinematography, illustration, acting, computer graphics, or those who have an interest in literature, film, history, and their influence on culture.



No background in film studies is needed for this course. You will, however, be asked to look at and think about films more reflectively than some of you have in the past. We will read about and view the films from a variety of perspectives; your responses to these texts and close viewing and reading of the texts will be important components of this class. Please note that we will not be making films in this course.



Some (but not all) of the famous feature films that we will be studying include The Life of Pi, Blade Runner, Braveheart, The Shining, Once, Memento, The Truman Show, and Casablanca but we will also study short films, foreign films, anime, and even several iconic television episodes to study their effects and influence on culture. Even if you have seen some of these films, we will explore the characters and the filmmaking in fine detail in a way that should reveal new aspects that were previously undetected.



After taking this class, students will demonstrate a familiarity with ways of discussing and evaluating films as reflections of cultures and source texts. They will participate in an extended classroom “community” interested in discussing/analyzing films beyond the surface level of narrative or character.


Film and Literature 14+ Rm #21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
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.

For the Love of Books 11-13 Rm #11
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 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.

Game Changing Grammar 7-9 Rm. 11
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Prerequisites: Students must be able to read at a 2nd grade level or higher.
Ages: 7 - 9
1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
This class finds fun and unique ways to explore grammar and writing. We will study parts of speech, basic sentence structure, paragraph structure, and punctuation. We will also work on writing with description and details. Students will play, sing, move, and write in this action-packed course.

***Prerequisite*** Students must be able to read at a 2nd grade level or higher.


How to Be Funny 13+ Rm # 23
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Rick Sowash
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
-- jokes, jests, puns, wordplay, double talk, malarkey, poppycock, balderdash and twaddle
-- stunts, tricks, gags, practical jokes, high jinks, shenanigans, tomfoolery and monkeyshines
-- funny actual words like rannygazoo, flummery, oompus-boompus, phonus balonus, kerfuffle
-- funny names, like Jack Dupp, Eileen Dover, Plato Beans, Helen Highwater, Hugo Yorway
-- learning to speak apparent gibberish, i.e, ‘code languages’ similar to Pig-Latin
-- legerdemain (sleight-of-hand) for beginners
-- plus Other Things to Say & Do of Which Serious-minded People Scarcely Approve
-- Discovering classic written humor:
PG Wodehouse, Jerome K Jerome, Mark Twain, James Thurber, humorous poems, aphorisms, one-liners, parody, satire, writing your own humor
-- Discovering classic film humor:
Laurel & Hardy, The Three Stooges, The Marx Bros., Jonathan Winters, Monty Python
-- Discovering musical humor:
Gilbert & Sullivan, Spike Jones, Peter Schickele, Porky Pig’s Blue Christmas, Jonathan & Darlene Edwards, Ray Stevens
funny songs, novelty numbers, writing your own funny song
-- Discovering the practical uses to which funniness can be put: to have fun, to amuse friends, to compel people to listen to you, to appeal to potential boyfriends and girlfriends, to see the comedic potential in almost every situation, to develop a healthy alternative to the Blues and to banish dull care with a hey nonny no and a hot cha cha.
-- Philosophizing throughout on the nature of comedy, i.e, why something is funny.

Mr. Sowash, who is the author of seven books, will also share some of his own humorous writings.”


Interactive Grammar 13+ W Rm. 25
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 13 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
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+ 11:00 Rm # 21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and at least one year of Literature and Writing 9/10 or 14+
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+ 11:00 Rm # 21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
coming soon

Intermediate Lit. & Writing 15+ 1:00 Rm #21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and at least one year of Literature and Writing 9/10 or 14+
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+ 2:15 W/F Rm. 21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
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.

Investigative Journalism 14+ Rm #
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teachers: Cassie Murray, Alex Schrank
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
Coming soon

Literature and Writing (Meets W & F) 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
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
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.


Literature and Writing 14+ Rm #25
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Ages: 13 - 17
1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
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 and Writing 14+ Rm #25 1:00
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
Outside Work: Significant
Ages: 14 - 16
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 and Writing 15+ Rm. #21
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
Outside Work: Significant
Book Purchase Required
Prerequisites: At least 1 year of Literature and Writing 8/9.
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
See description for for 2017-18 class.

Literature and Writing 4/5 Rm #11
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 9 - 11
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
Dive into the wonderful world of words! This class focuses on strengthening reading comprehension, building writing skills, and analyzing literature. The course is creative, challenging, engaging, and entertaining.

Through the use of novels, plays, poems, short stories, and articles we will explore many places, realms, and characters. We will create, perform, research, and play to enhance learning.

Students work on implementing correct sentence structure, basic grammar, and paragraph structure. The class is a safe space for writers 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 and Writing 5/6 Rm #11
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
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 and Writing 6/7 Rm B-3
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Adi Nulsen
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 and Writing 7/8 Rm # B-3
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Adi Nulsen
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 and Writing 8/9 Rm # 25
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
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 reading comprehension techniques, literary analysis, essay writing, and applied grammar. Students will read several texts, novels and short stories, practice proven reading comprehension skills, then move on to think critically about the texts using analysis of literary elements to develop and support claims. Students will employ writing processes that include outlining, developing paragraphs, rewriting, final drafts, and essays. Along the way, we will explore grammar concepts and why they make our writing powerful, learn to find reliable sources for research, explore MLA formatting and citation. Instruction will be highly visual with many step-by-step processes, written examples, and opportunities to actively engage.

Literature and Writing 8/9 Rm #25
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Aubrey
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.


LOL News Team 11-13 Rm #25
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 11 - 13
1.5 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 #32
Teacher: To be determined
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.

Mythology 11-13 Rm #36
Teacher: Joe Kozak
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Myths are not dead. They are alive and well today in the movies we see, the books we read, the songs we sing and the lessons we learn. While it is true that ancient myths were first created to explain humanity’s questions about creation and nature, over time they evolved into so much more. They became a way of life for societies both ancient and modern; influencing history, religion, and art. Myths also provided the formula and foundation for modern day storytelling. Through examination of the age-old concept of the “Hero’s Journey”, students will discover what Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker share in common with Hercules and Theseus. While providing a general overview of Classical mythology, the course will focus on several mythological Gods, heroes, cultures and their stories (including, but not limited to, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse) as well as their influence and relevance in today’s society. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theater, analysis, artifact/craft construction and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!

Mythology 14+ Rm # 36
Teacher: Joe Kozak
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Myths are not dead. They are alive and well today in the movies we see, the books we read, the songs we sing and the lessons we learn. While it is true that ancient myths were first created to explain humanity’s questions about creation and nature, over time they evolved into so much more. They became a way of life for societies both ancient and modern; influencing history, religion, and art. Myths also provided the formula and foundation for modern day storytelling. Through examination of the age-old concept of the “Hero’s Journey”, students will discover what Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker share in common with Hercules and Theseus. While providing a general overview of Classical mythology, the course will focus on several mythological Gods, heroes, cultures and their stories (including, but not limited to, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse) as well as their influence and relevance in today’s society. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theater, analysis, artifact/craft construction and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!

Outside the Lines:Lang. Art ages 9-12 T/TH Room 31
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 11 - 13
1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
In this class we will explore different ways to tell our stories, communicate, and play with and enjoy language. We will work on listening - to great examples of language and each other, and we will share and explore the ideas that language is meant to communicate. We will work on organizing our thoughts and finding ways to make our meaning clear. Yes, we will do some writing - or possibly typing or other word assembly, and in the process we may improve our mechanics. We recognize that we live in a society where written language skills are important and encourage you to work on them elsewhere, but the focus in this class will be on ideas, functions, and enjoyment of words.

Reading and Writing 1/2 Rm #B3
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teachers: Heidi Ferre, Kelly Hilgeman
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
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teachers: Heidi Ferre, Kelly Hilgeman
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.

Real Science Through Science Fiction 14+ Rm #35
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Good science fiction, whether written or film, makes use of real science. In this class, we will turn a critical eye on classic and contemporary science fiction - written and film, reviewing big ideas in science as they come up with the plots. Think internet technology in Forster's The Machine Stops, or modified viruses in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, global climate change in The Day After Tomorrow, or Einstein's relativity in Heinlein's Starship Troopers, medical intervention and artificial organs in the Adoration of Jenna Fox or bring your own suggestions. With in class discussion and demos we will review the real science; through written or creative projects students can explore areas and ideas that they find most interesting. Understanding the real science can enhance students' enjoyment and appreciation of the stories; in addition, exploring the possibilities of science and technology can open up worlds of imagination and new ideas for the budding writer, inventor or scientist.

Shakespeare Performance 14+ Rm MPR
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teachers: Alexa Glaser, Elaine Brown, Jared Hudson
Outside Work: Significant
Prerequisites: Must be able to rehearse on Mondays close to show dates.
Ages: 14 and up
1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
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.

Speech & Debate 12-14 Rm# 36
Teacher: To be determined
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 12 - 14
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Who knew speaking in front of an audience could be so much fun? We will learn and practice effective speaking techniques to best capture the attentions of our audiences. We will then move on to learning the art of debating. Students will gain in their confidence to speak in front of a group in a comfortable, supportive, fun environment.

Speech & Debate 15+ Rm #36
Teacher: Joe Kozak
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Who knew speaking in front of an audience could be so much fun? We will learn and practice effective speaking techniques to best capture the attentions of our audiences. We will then move on to learning the art of debating. Students will gain in their confidence to speak in front of a group in a comfortable, supportive, fun environment.

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 15+ Rm #12
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 15 and up
1.25 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 15+ Rm #12
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Kim Taylor
Outside Work: Moderate
Ages: 14 and up
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
The Craft of Writing focuses on guiding students to become more confident and critical writers and readers while improving grammar in the process. Students will spend time writing and revising as well as understanding comma splices, subject-verb agreement, when/why to use a semicolon, and the standards of MLA. This class will also help prepare students for SAT/ACT essay writing and will include several practice prompts throughout the year. Along with weekly journal writing, students will complete 5 major essays throughout the year including Narrative, Expository, Exploratory, Rhetorical Analysis and a final Research project.


The Great Reading Adventure 6-8 Rm #11
NEXT CLASS: 2019/20
Teacher: Jennifer Deming
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 6 - 8
1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Come along with us as we journey through the amazing world of books. Our adventure will take a creative, active, enthusiastic, and diligent approach to reading and writing. This class is designed to work well either as a supplement to the Tuesday/Thursday classes, or as a stand-alone course. We will review fundamentals, play with vocabulary, and travel far and wide through our stories. Let the journey begin!

Wacky World of Writing 6-9 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.


Word Play 8-11 Rm #31
Teacher: Julie Doughty
Outside Work: Minimal
Ages: 8 - 11
1.25 Hour Class; 0 days/week
Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
Explore parts of speech, sentence construction, punctuation, spelling, poetry, and other basics of written language through games, physical activities, and art.

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