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Public Speaking: The Great Speeches

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Arthuretta Martin

Grade Range: 5th-8th

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"Four score and seven years ago.."
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
What causes some phrases to be inked into history and some speeches to become a permanent part of our culture? What makes a speech memorable and quotable?
In this class students will work with a professional storyteller, keynote speaker, and Toastmasters authority to learn how to give great speeches by listening to great speakers and then practicing and presenting portions of someone else's great words. The pressure will be off student speakers to also be writers. Instead, they will hone public speaking skills such as timing, pauses, enunciation, eye contact, and gestures using familiar, well-known, time-tested and inspiring speeches. The class will listen to recordings and watch videos to critique some modern day speakers. Can you pronounce like FDR, persuade like Frederick Douglass, or proclaim like Patrick Henry? Students can select from among many genres of speakers- from history, entertainment, politics, commentary- even literature.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $161.00

Smart Start: Thinking Fun for Young Learners

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

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: $146.00

Traditional Tales Retold: A Tale Dark and Grimm

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 12:00 pm      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Megan Reynolds

Grade Range: 5th-7th

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Follow twins Hansel and Gretel out of the cake house and through the forest as they stumble into eight other classic, Grimm-inspired fairy tales on a journey to find their way to home and happiness where they, along with their readers, learn that children are the true heroes in their own adventures. On their quest, the siblings will encounter trials and trickery against beasts, witches, warlocks, and even a dragon in this Newberry Award-winning and New York Times best-selling book. Find out how author Adam Gidwitz channels the tales of the Brothers Grimm in this popular middle school fiction.
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: $146.00

Word Masters: Verbal Analogies and Vocab Challenges

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

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: $146.00

Writers Workshop: Writing Children's Books

Quarter 4: Starts on March 20, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Karen Hickman

Grade Range: 5th-6th

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Students will plan, write, illustrate, and publish their own children s picture books. Initially, students will review illustrated children s books to gain an understanding of the creative process and the elements that help make a children s book successful. Using graphic organizers to brainstorm ideas for the character, setting, and conflict of their own stories, students will work on story ideas, then pitch their stories to their peers and use peer feedback as they develop their stories. Students will create storyboards to plan the relationship between the illustrations and text. Finally, students will learn about a variety of methods to bind their books in an attractive manner and present their books to their peers.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 Writers' 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: $161.00

Creative Journaling Workshop

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Michelle Dzema

Grade Range: 8th-12th

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Don’t write poetry? Think you can’t draw? Maybe not, but you may still want a creative way to record your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ideas! In this four-week workshop, teens will learn how to use creative journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. Creative journaling is not writing daily “Dear Diary” style entries on dated pages. Instead, students will start by hand-stitching journals and will learn unique ways to express themselves in those journals. Techniques such as freeform writing, black-out poetry, and creative list making- in addition to experimenting with simple mixed media like collage and photography- will be explored. Students will work through class prompts and personal reflections, and will develop a sense of how journals are safe spaces to process emotions, explore creativity, and cultivate self-awareness.

No formal writing or art experience is needed. There is a $10.00 materials fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Students are welcome to bring favorite pens/pencils/markers to class, but supplies will also be provided in class. This class meets on 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12.

6 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $82.00

Fabricating Fiction: Creating Journeys and Characters

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 55 min

Instructor: Anne Sharp

Grade Range: 7th-8th

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A journey is not as simple as a trip or a vacation. A journey changes you, makes you grow somehow or think differently, expands your horizons or hopes. In this course, middle school writers will explore the concept of The Journey in literature and create an original story around this concept.
With a focus on character development and the transformational powers of a journey, students will examine classic and modern journeys in myths and fairy tales (The Odyssey), children s literature (The Little Prince, Where the Wild Things Are), short stories and novels (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Incredible Journey, To Kill a Mockingbird).
Students will build complex characters who have strengths, weaknesses and flaws, then construct a physical or situational journey that presents challenges and opportunity for growth. Characters will fail and succeed and provide readers with both entertaining and inspirational stories. Some characters may even emerge as heroic. Genres will include fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical fiction, supernatural. Students may develop a new story or choose to further expand or revise one created in a previous fiction course.
A portion of each class will be dedicated to sharing students' working drafts with collaboration and in-class feedback. Students will be expected to conduct some writing and reading at home each week. Literature selections will not be assigned in their entirety, but students may want to continue reading the complete work. 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: $171.00

Shakespeare's Famous Re-Writes of English History: Julius Caesar

Quarter 4: Starts on March 22, 2019

Class Time: 11:00 am      Duration: 115 min

Instructor: Tyler Herman

Grade Range: 8th-12th

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Shakespeare s history plays* reflected and sometimes retold historical events and politics of the time. But did he rewrite history?
This fun combination of acting, history, and English classes will focus on the history play* for which Shakespeare is credited with "writing the book" and defining the genre. Going far beyond entertainment, his history plays informed audiences, creating understanding, and possibly bias, about historical figures and events.
Acting coach Tyler Herman will help students decode what was going on within and beyond one of Shakespeare s most produced history play, Julius Caesar. Did the Ides of March happen when Shakespeare said? Did Julius Caesar really say, "Et tu brute?" What does the assassination (a word Shakespeare coined) of Julius Caesar have to do with Renaissance England? The class will read and informally act out scenes from this play, try to decipher fact from interpretation, and ask why Shakespeare wrote what he did. Looking at some of the famous speeches and scenes in this play, the group will examine ambition, betrayal, intrigue, deception, and honor to give students an appreciation for the character portrayals that deliver effective dramatization.
This engaging class will include acting exercises relating to status, dramatic action, motivation, objectives, and obstacles. Students will be guided through text analysis and will learn about the art of adaptation as they learn how to craft an effectively dramatic historical character. By the end of the course, students will have a conversational knowledge of some aspects of British and Roman history, and culture and politics during the English Renaissance.
*History is one of the three main genres of Shakespearean theatre, also including comedy and tragedy. A history play is based on a historical narrative, and often set in Medieval or Early Modern times. History emerged as a distinct genre from tragedy in Renaissance England.
The course fee includes the cost of selected scene copies. Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component, or partial, credit in English (British Literature) or Fine Arts (drama) for purposes of a high school transcript.

7 students must enroll in order for this class to be held. Price: $216.00

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