Monday, June 9, 2014

Fall Writing Classes (UPDATED SCHEDULE)

I am so very excited for the Fall semester!!!!  The days for my fall classes have changed, but the entire schedule with class times is now available at www.hucklearning.org.   Registration starts Monday, June 16th.  There are so many amazing classes!  Because so many people have been asking, I’ve included below the entire list of courses I’ll be teaching with the correct days/times.
  
Fall Writing Classes with Holly Van Houten
Holly Van Houten has worked as a writing instructor at USC, Pepperdine University and CSUN and for the past several years has worked with homeschooled children, of all ages, at the Huckleberry Center for Creative Learning.  For more information, or if you would like help determining which class might best serve your child, email Holly at hollyvanh@gmail.com

Tuesdays
9:30-11:00     Novels to Knowledge:  Classic Literature (Ages 10-13)
11:00-12:30   Read to Write:  Coming of Age Classics (Ages 13+)
1:00-2:30       Keyboarding and Creative Writing (Ages 8-12)

Thursdays
9:30- 11:00    Short Stories:  Creative Writing & Classics (Ages 13+)
11:00-12:30  Powerful Paragraphs (Ages 8-11)
1:00-2:30       Writing a la Mode (Ages 9-12)


Novels to Knowledge: Classics (Ages 10-13; Tuesdays, 9:30am) 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 beTreasure Island, The Secret Garden, The Prince and the Pauper, Swiss Family Robinson, andAround 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://www.hucklearning.org/#!novels-to-knowledge/c3c7

Read to Write: Coming of Age Stories (Ages 13+; Tuesdays, 11am) 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://www.hucklearning.org/#!read-to-write/c1ce5

Keyboarding & Creative Writing (Ages 8-12; Tuesdays, 1pm) 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://www.hucklearning.org/#!keyboarding--creative-writing/c144q  

Short Stories: Creative Writing & Classics  (Ages 13+, Thursdays, 9:30am) 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://www.hucklearning.org/#!short-stories/c5w6  

Powerful Paragraphs:  (Ages 8-11; Thursdays, 11am) 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: http://www.hucklearning.org/#!powerful-paragraphs/co49  

Writing a la Mode (Ages 9-12; Thursdays, 1pm) 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://www.hucklearning.org/#!writing-a-la-mode/c1vwv




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