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Masterworks: Literature Roundtable

Quarter 1, 2, 3, 4: Starts on September 12, 2018

Class Time: 3:30 pm      Duration: 90 min

Instructor: Melanie Kosar

Grade Range: 11th-12th

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This is a year-long class that is in-progress. Mid-term enrollment may be possible by contacting Compass to discuss placement.

Masterworks is a collegiate-level literature analysis and discussion class for advanced high school English students. Written works will be selected for their contribution to world literature or their influence on society. In the first half of the course, students will read and discuss literature focusing on tales of voyage, revenge, comedy and tragedy from the ancients through 1800, such as Homer s The Odyssey , Swift s Gulliver s Travels , and selections from Shakespeare. Students should expect to see a number of writers of the Western canon before transitioning to Medieval and Renaissance authors, and continuing with the Age of Enlightenment.

During the second half of the course, the class will explore modern works, beginning with the 1800s Romantic Period, and progress to the present. Readings will include pieces from a diverse group of writers, from Faulkner to Hurston, T.S. Eliot to Coelho, Morrison and Orwell, to non-Western writers. Along the way the class will discuss the rise of journalism, popular media, music, and the role of both technology and globalism in the study of literature. Works from other eras and authors will be added as time and interest permit.

For this course, students should be active, engaged, advanced readers who come to class prepared to participate in intellectual discussion. Students should expect to read up to 100 pages per week. Students are also expected to take the lead in weekly class discussions by sharing their reflections/ reactions to the readings, drawing conclusions/ comparisons with other works, and investigating scholarly articles or other writings on the theme, genre, or by the assigned author. The course instructor will serve as a facilitator-moderator and will use Socratic discussion to further the class s analysis of the literature. A goal in the class is to encourage students to think critically about what they are reading and to help them identify patterns and divergences in material that will give them a framework for anything they read in the future. Students will be expected to write one paper per semester and give one oral presentation to demonstrate understanding and interpretation of materials.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $1129.00

Fabricating Fiction: Gothic Tales

Quarter 2: Starts on October 26, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 7th-8th

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Transitioning from the worlds of fantasy, this quarter's fictional universes move into our real world, while retaining the possibility of dual realms. Beginning with excerpts from the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelly s Frankenstein, students will explore the development and elements of gothic fiction literature that paved the way for romance, detective, sci fi and superhero genres. Closely aligned with advances in science, transportation and technology, gothic literature presents both what is and what might be. Students will examine classic and modern literature that is rooted in logic and realism, but incorporates psychological and supernatural elements Shakespeare s ghosts, Poe's raven, Melville s great white whale, Stan Lee s Spider-Man. From these stories, with their basic conflict of good vs. evil , characters succumb to tragic flaws or emerge as heroes.

Over the course of the quarter, middle school writers will create an original short story. The class will examine the key elements of a short story including plot, character, setting, and tone. A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts and refining their stories with collaboration and in-class feedback. Students will be expected to complete some writing and short reading at home each week. Literature selections will not be assigned in their entirety, but students may want to continue reading the complete story. The culmination of the students' work will be a bound class literary magazine

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $150.00

Smart Start-Thinking Fun for Young Learners

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: K-2nd

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Stretch your child's brain with this metacognitive class! In Smart Start, children will sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills to become more independent and effective learners. Using in-class readings of high quality literature, children will be introduced to a broad range of thinking strategies such as de Bono's Thinking Hats, SCAMPER, and FFOE (Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration). Through facilitated discussion and community inquiry, children will learn to ask their own questions and raise issues for discussion, explore and develop their own ideas and theories, and give creative reasons.

Each week, students will complete engaging activities that require them to apply what they have learned. For example, the class might consider, What happens when Max returns to Where the Wild Things Are the next day? Next year? How about 10 years from now? (Green Hat Thinking). They may expand to discuss what would happen if another character from literature, like Curious George or Cinderella, visited Where the Wild Things Are? (SCAMPER approach ""C"" for combining two things that do not normally go together). Young learners will have fun on this engaging, creative class which will boost their ability to use higher order thinking skills, predict outcomes, and solve problems! New stories and activities are introduced each week and not repeated from previous sessions. Students must be able to think independently, work collaboratively, and enjoy a good challenge. Emerging readers and writers can be accommodated."

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Traditional Tales Retold: Egyptian Mythology- Tut, The Story of my Immortal Life

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 5th-7th

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Follow the adventures of King Tut, an Egyptian demi-god who has been granted the gift of immortality. Problem is, Tut has been trapped in time as an 8th grader, right here in Washington DC! He is ready to mummify himself if he has to endure one more day of middle school! Not only that, but he is pursued by an evil general. P. J. Hoover, author of Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life brings Egyptian mythology to the modern day in this young adult fantasy book.

Why do myths, legends, and fairy tales inspire countless retellings and reinvention? Traverse the globe while exploring the world of traditional tales in this class. Each quarter, students will read a full-length novel based on myths or fairy tales while simultaneously exploring the source material that inspired the author. In addition, students will analyze the culture and geography that generated the traditional tales and the hero cycle. Students will have the opportunity to synthesize all they have learned through a project shared on the last day of class. This class will be run as a book group with students being asked to read sections each week and return prepared to discuss. Students are welcome to read the works via recorded audio books if preferred.

Topics in this year s class series include: Norse Mythology- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (first quarter); Egyptian Mythology- Tut: The Story of my Egyptian Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover (second quarter); Japanese Folklore- Momotaro: Xander and the Island of Lost Monsters by Margaret Dilloway (third quarter); and European Fairy Tales- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (fourth quarter).

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Word Masters: Verbal Analogies and Vocab Challenges

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 10:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 4th-6th

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Word Masters is a language challenge for students who enjoy word games, spelling, building their vocabulary, and verbal adventures. Why study lists of words if you can make a game of it? The best way to learn new words is to use them! This class is inspired by the annual Word Masters Challenge (www.wordmasterschallenge.com). Each week students will tackle new vocabulary words and practice them through analogies and critical thinking challenges. Students will examine word meanings, relationships, synonyms and antonyms with in-class activities and games such as Pictionary, Scategories, Charades, and Apples-to-Apples. Word Masters will improve a student's reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, logic skills, and the ability to think analytically and metaphorically. Word Masters will continue each quarter with all new word lists, analogies, and activities.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $128.00

Writer's Workshop: Learn to Research, Life in a Castle

Quarter 2: Starts on October 31, 2018

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Hickman

Grade Range: 5th-6th

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A massive stone castle. A dark swampy moat. A victorious knight in his gleaming armor! Voyage to the Middle Ages to discover some classical texts and poetry. Information about life in the Middle Ages will be uncovered as students learn the skill of notetaking and documenting resources. Research is an essential skill for writers (and students). Find out how to compile and present information from another era with discovery drafts, gathering grids, and finally refining report content based on primary sources. Students will learn how to compile a bibliography and will wrap-up their research report with a short presentation at the last class. Students will also make a paper castle to demonstrate an understanding of castle life. Join the fun as we learn about life in a castle!

The Writers Workshop gives students in grades 5-6 the skills they need for writing, reading, listening, and speaking that come from practicing by putting pen to paper. Sharing drafts and in-progess works enhances the understanding of language structure, encourages revision, and improves editing in story writing. Each quarter, students will review samples of literature and write about popular themes using the story elements of that theme. Imagination and creativity come easily to most young writers, but acquiring technical skills is also important. Each quarter, students will focus on specific skills. The skills are a part of their Writer's Tool Kit that includes understanding parts and kinds of sentences, plurals, possessives, and punctuation. Learning how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus, as well as practical, higher, middle school level skills such as summarizing, outlining, note taking, writing a book report, or citing sources are included throughout the four sessions. Topics in this year's Writer's Workshop series include: Time Travel, Fantasy or Science Fiction? (first quarter); Learn to Research, Life in a Castle (second quarter); Journalism (third quarter); and Writing Children s Books (fourth quarter).

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $141.00

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