Saturday, May 24, 2014

Homeschool Writing & Literature Classes for Fall

Fall Writing Classes with Holly Van Houten
UPDATE:  The class schedule has been revised.  New days/times and links are available here:  NEW FALL SCHEDULE

Feel free to contact Holly at hollyvanh@gmail.com if you’d like help determining which class might best serve your child.

Powerful Paragraphs:  (For ages 8-11) This class begins by teaching students how to structure individual paragraphs, but by the end of the semester, students will have learned, step by step , how to construct full 5-paragraph essays.  It is a wonderful course for teaching kids how to develop their ideas and keep them organized.  Check out the full description at the following link:  https://tinyurl.com/PowerfulParagraphs

Keyboarding & Creative Writing (For ages 8-12) Learning to type accurately and at a fairly high speed, improves students willingness to write longer essays and creative stories. It also encourages revision, which is key to good writing. This class combines standard QWERTY typing instruction with creative writing.  Over the course of the semester, students will learn proper fingering and play lots of fun games to improve typing speed, but they will also be learning the fundamentals of creative writing (plot design, detailed description, perspective, mood, etc) as they write 5 stories of their own.  Check out the full description at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/KeyboardingCreativeWriting


Writing a la Mode (For ages 9-12) This course takes students through many of the "modes" of writing: description, narration, definition, classification, comparison/contrast, cause & effect, etc.  Students will be writing 5 paragraph essays (or longer) as they practice these skills.  Check out the full description at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/WritingALaMode

Short Stories: Creative Writing & Classics  (13+) Students in this class will write 5 original short stories of their own, while learning specific skills and techniques through literary analysis of classic short stories by some of the masters of the genre – Edgar Allen Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, O. Henry, Shirley Jackson, Guy de Maupassant, and many more!  Read full description at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/CreativeWritingClassics

Novels to Knowledge: Classics (10-12) Students in this class will read (or re-read) classics, discuss them in class and write an essay on each.  Our classics for the fall semester will be Treasure Island, The Secret Garden, The Prince and the Pauper, Swiss Family Robinson, and Around the World in 80 Days. Even if your child has read some of these before, this class will offer the opportunity for in depth literary analysis and class discussion to prepare students to articulate their ideas about these classics in essay form. Check out the full description at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/NovelsToKnowledge

Read to Write: Coming of Age Stories (13+) Students in this class will read (or re-read) classics, discuss them in class and write an essay on each.  Our classics for the fall semester will be To Kill a Mockingbird, Emma, Hamlet, Lord of the Flies and Jane Eyre.  Even if your child has read some of these before, this class will offer the opportunity for in depth literary analysis and class discussion to prepare students to articulate their ideas about these classics in essay form. Read full description at the following link:  http://tinyurl.com/Read2Write


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