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Monday

Adulting 101 - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Being an adult isn’t easy, but it can be a little easier with some preparation. In this course we will be covering the topics most often cited by older adults as things they wish they had known, or things they think every young adult needs to know to be able to function effectively in the world.

Each class will be an interactive lecture based on the topic for that week. Eva Goldstein-Meola uses a PowerPoint presentation for visual reinforcement as well as videos to demonstrate concepts or complement information being presented.

Homework will be assigned to reenforce concepts learned during class. Expect one hour of homework weekly.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

American Government 101: From the Continental Congress to the Iowa Caucus, Everything You Need to Know About United States Politics - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Too often, Government classes turn the noteworthy details into tedious discourse that would put even the president to sleep. American Government 101 cuts out the boring explanations, and instead provides hands-on activities that keeps you engaged as you learn. From the backstory of the Constitution to the institution of the Electoral College, this class is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and concepts to help you learn about how the government of the United States actually works. Whether you want to learn about how policies and laws are created, or just want to become a better-informed voter, American Government 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Banned and Burned: Banned Worthy Books - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Have you ever wondered what calls for a book to be banned? How could anyone burn a book? Isn’t that considered opposition of free speech? This course is the study of several works that have been banned by various agencies, countries, or groups at some point in time. We will explore these works to discover what messages they have for our culture and why in the world they have banned and burned!

1984 challenges authority and government. Many schools and libraries banned The Catcher in the Rye for being negative and undermining authority. The Grapes of Wrath was banned by countries such as Ireland and Turkey accusing sellers of spreading propaganda. How The Passage to India tests racial prejudices was too much for some.

Due to gravity of content and language used in some of these novels, this course is best suited for mature dispositions. This course includes reading comprehension and critical thinking. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, students will need a functioning microphone.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Greek Tragedies Drama … Ancient Style - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 24, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Who loves a good tragedy faced with family drama? If these Greek tragedies were staged today, they would be popular among all age groups! This course is the study of an introduction to Greek tragedy as a literary and ritual form through close readings of several Greek Tragedies. We will look at the ideas the tragedies convey, and study details of their staging, culminating in a detailed study and performance of an individual play. Reading will focus attention to poetic language, dramatic technique, and historical/ritual context. During this part of the course, the students will express themselves creatively and intuitively. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, students will need a functioning microphone.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Ideas that Changed the World - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Discoveries don’t usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting “Eureka!” More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people. This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Outliers: The Story of Success - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Opportunity.

Timing.

Upbringing.

Effort.

Meaningful work.

Legacy.

These six elements are rather powerful.

Do the successful have to work the hardest or do they have the best luck?

In the award-winning book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell examines scientific data and evidence from well-known success stories to answer the question of what makes a person successful. Through this stunning book, we will take an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and question ourselves about what makes high-achievers different?

This is a high school ½ credit English semester. Students will participate in pre-reading, analyzing and post-reading discussions. Students will write essays as well as have some quizzes and a mid-term and final.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Ten Terrific Ted Talks! Don’t say that ten times fast! - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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It is rarely possible to bring world class guest speakers in to school to lecture students about their chosen field of expertise. It is, however, easy to bring their ideas and their passions direct to your students. This is what this class is all about!

In Ten Terrific Ted Talks, we are going to watch, discuss, analyze and debate various topics that are presented in ten amazing Ted Talks*. This class will combine psychology, social sciences, writing, current events and more! It is a discussion-based class so please make sure your child comes to class prepared to talk!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the language in the TED TALKS might not be the “normal classroom language” that I use during class. There might be some “foul language” and/or “inappropriate language”. Please make sure your child understands that I do not teach or use this language. The TED TALKS are other people’s words.

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

All About Essays - B Week - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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It is imperative that students, with the goal of attending college, can write basic essays with ease, speed and confidence. In this class, your child will become well-versed in the structure and application of expository, persuasive, compare/contrast, and personal essays, which are found on most applications and scholarship forms for college, competitive summer programs and high school admission. In addition to the above, the students will learn how to approach the SAT Timed Writing Test, which is an analytical essay, through analyzing samples, as well as beginning timed practices.

Students will explore and implement many stylistic techniques within the structures of their essays that will assist them later in finding their voice within their own written words. They will learn how to use composition checklists to ensure that they have done a solid job editing their work. This class is high paced with the emphasis on EDITING – TRULY EDITING using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done in one or two sittings. It is expected that the students work a minimum of 45 minutes per day on their assignment; a minimum 7 – 8 hours over the course of two weeks to produce a well written paper.

This class meets every other week from September through May. This allows the student to have enough time over the course of 14 days to go through the entire writing process allowing them to write a fabulous paper.

If your high schooler has never taken a formal writing class, please contact the instructor to make sure this is a good fit as this class assumes the student has some experience with five-paragraph essays and/or IEW's stylistic techniques.

NOTE: A good essay is NOT done in ONE or TWO sittings; instead it is created over time. When a student grows into a confident writer, less time will be needed for the process. This typically happens in the second year of this class. While working on homework, students are expected to repeat the writing process with some degree of independence. NEW (first year) students might need parental assistance, but, over time, ultimately, we are striving for them to establish independence as writers. In addition, after multiple years studying/using IEW methodology, it is often during the second year of this class that a student will begin “finding their voice” and given freedom to use stylistic techniques as they feel needed. Homework is given at the end of each class. Students are expected to email their writing for an evaluation to eva@writingteacher.com

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 11th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

American Sign Language 3: High School Level - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Does your child already have basic conversational skills in American Sign Language? This is the class that will cement your child’s understanding and fluency of ASL. ASL Level 3 will be conducted completely in American Sign Language and students will not have the option to use their microphones in class.

In this course, we will move to advanced ASL storytelling, introductory interpreting, and translation. In addition, students will be assigned projects to translate and interpret on their own. By the end of the class, students should be fluent in ASL and able to converse with a Deaf person they meet in real life.

It is strongly recommended that sometime during the student's study of ASL, they take my class, Introduction to Deaf Culture. This helps the student understand the complete picture of the Deaf world. This class is being offer during Winter 2020 on Thursday.

Note: ASL classes at OTA have a limit of TEN students so that each student can get enough time to sign during class.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

American Sign Language 4: High School Level - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Is your child ready to jump into the world of ASL without an English lifejacket? This is the class that will take your student’s understanding of ASL from fluent to exceptional. ASL Level 4 will be conducted completely in American Sign Language and students will not have the option to use their microphones in class.

In this course, we will learn how to communicate in sign language about detailed topics, including health conditions, rules, and life decisions. In addition, students will be assigned projects to translate and interpret on their own. By the end of the class, students should have a mastery of American Sign Language and a springboard for beginning classes in ASL interpreting, instruction, or education.

It is strongly recommended that sometime during the student's study of ASL, they take my class, Introduction to Deaf Culture. This helps the student understand the complete picture of the Deaf world. This class is being offer during Winter 2020 on Thursday.

Note: ASL classes at OTA have a limit of TEN students so that each student can get enough time to sign during class.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 10th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

An Introduction to World Religions - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

● Where/How did the world begin?
● Who are we?
● What is our purpose is in life?

These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events. Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can’t relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts. In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide. For each one studied, we will learn about:

● Sacred objects
● Festivals
● Traditions
● Sacred places
● Rites of passage.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Can You Dig It? Introduction to Archaeology - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Believe it or not, one day people will be digging through our trash trying to figure out who we were as a society! Archaeology is the study of past societies, their customs, behaviors and practices through the buildings and artifacts that they have left behind. Together we will explore archaeological theory, method and practice. We will also discuss archaeological ethics and our responsibility towards preserving our past.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Design is a Journey of Discovery Introduction to Interior Design - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 24, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Interior design isn’t just about picking colors and décor! Design requires creative thinking and problem solving. We will discuss floor plan evaluation, area planning, choice of materials, furniture, budgeting and much more! In this class students will learn to use a variety of online tools to design floor plans, mood boards and their own lighting and fabric.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Earth Science - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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The Earth needs us now more than ever, and it needs students who understand the different systems affecting the Earth. We will take an in-depth look at energy, tectonic plates, weather, climate, volcanoes, etc. We will also be introduced to important scientific concepts such as heat, density, and buoyancy. We won’t stop at the edge of the Earth though, we will also discuss the solar system including the sun, planets, moons etc.

Students will be asked to explore the world around them using virtual models, watching videos, discussion, debate, and experimenting.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This is a LAB Science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

High School Research & More – A Week - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Aug 26, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This year, in high school writing, students will focus on the RESEARCH TERM PAPER. Students will learn how to dissect these “long, scary assignments” and break them down into manageable chunks. We will examine how to break down a (approximately) fifteen to twenty page “assigned” term paper using time management and organizational skills.

The student will learn how to:

• Research with multiple sources
• Utilize an online database via the public library
• Merge notes together to limit and choose the most appropriate information for their topic
• Write a solid thesis statement
• Write from their notes making sure all notes are appropriate for their topic
• Use IN TEXT citations
• Write an MLA bibliography, transitional paragraphs, introductory and concluding paragraphs

In addition to writing their “term paper” during the first half of the year, the students will also learn how to write a solid personal essay; these types of essays will help them with gaining admission to competitive summer programs, internships, colleges, and help their chances towards earning scholarships.

During the second half of the year, if time allows, the students will learn how to approach the SAT Timed Writing Test through analyzing samples and practicing their own skills.

This class is fast-paced, with the emphasis on EDITING – TRULY EDITING, using their COMPOSITION CHECKLIST. The goal is for the student to understand that writing takes TIME and cannot be done successfully in just one or two brief sittings. The students ARE expected to work at home for a minimum of 45 minutes per weekday on their “homework” – which is given at the end of each class. All students are expected to email their homework for evaluation to eva@writingteacher.com.

This class meets every other week from August through May. This allows the student to have enough time over the course of 14 days to go through the entire writing process allowing them to write a fabulous paper.

If your high schooler has never taken a formal writing class, please contact the instructor to make sure this is a good fit as this class assumes the student has some experience with five-paragraph research papers and/or IEW's stylistic techniques.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Introduction to Deaf Culture - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Can hearing people be a part of the Deaf community? Why are cochlear implants so controversial? Are Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and Pidgin Sign all the same thing? In what ways are Deaf people and people with disabilities similar and different? What type of careers can I obtain working with Deaf people?

These are a few of the many questions we will answer this semester. This course is designed to introduce you to the most important aspects of the American Deaf experience. We will expose the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will address topics such as the diversity of Deaf people, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf arts, and Deaf international communities. This course will provide you will a foundation in which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Introduction to Literary Analysis - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Prepare for an engaging and exciting exploration of literature! This course is designed to introduce you to the fascinating art of analyzing literature and ultimately catapult your skills from beginner to master! We will be diving into classic works from a variety of authors and genres. Poetry, drama, and novels will be our sources of discovery! We will search for a variety of literary devices such as theme, setting, characterization, symbolism, and plot. You will have the opportunity to share your growing knowledge of literary analysis and hear the insights and perspectives of fellow students through your participation in our class discussions. You will be required to demonstrate your grasp of what you are learning through writing literary analysis compositions.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to Psychology and the Brain - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 23, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Have you ever wondered what makes us tick?

Some may say it is our heart, but what about our brain?

What role does it play in who we are and the choices we make?

Introduction to Psychology will introduce students to human nature. We will explore the brain’s anatomy, understand the history of psychology and the various points of view that have existed over time. We will delve into experience, emotion, learning, behavior and psychological disorders through readings, videos, research and lectures. The class will observe a live dissection of a brain, performed by the teacher (with possibility to follow along at home).

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Introduction to Start Ups - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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What is a start-up? Is it a full-fledged business? Is it an idea? Is it both?

Israel is considered by the world the start-up nation and more products and designs began their life in Israel. Jonathan Meola has been a part of this world in one capacity or another for a large part of his adult life. He is excited to share with students the concept behind start-ups.

What is a start-up?

How do you come up with the next great idea?

How do you get investors?

What happens when you sell the start up?

Introduction to Start Ups is so much more than just a business class. Entrepreneurial education is slowly but surely becoming more mainstream. It is a class to inspire, make your move, fulfill your vision, look at your goal. Yes, you can be the Startup Hero!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Making Sense of Math - Two Foundational Math Skills Level for Grades 3-6 - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Does math sometimes seem like a foreign language?

Does your child struggle with math?

Does it ever feel like a battle to get him or her to focus?

If so, I completely understand. Learning math can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. That’s where I come in! I’ve been developing systems for almost a decade to fill math gaps in record amounts of time. I’m a huge fan of many math curriculums, but no matter how much we search and compare curriculums, they all have gaps that need to be filled. I have developed this class to do just that. I have targeted and planned an engaging math program that will help your child truly connect with and master math skills. It’s not enough to simply do math, we need to teach children to apply math. I invite you to allow me to help you child learn to love math on a higher level

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Making Sense of Math: Foundational Math Skills Level for Grades 2-3 - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Does math sometimes seem like a foreign language?

Does your child struggle with math?

Does it ever feel like a battle to get him or her to focus?

If so, I completely understand. Learning math can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. That’s where I come in! I’ve been developing systems for almost a decade to fill math gaps in record amounts of time. I’m a huge fan of many math curriculums, but no matter how much we search and compare curriculums, they all have gaps that need to be filled. I have developed this class to do just that. I have targeted and planned an engaging math program that will help your child truly connect with and master math skills. It’s not enough to simply do math, we need to teach children to apply math. I invite you to allow me to help you child learn to love and understand math on a higher level

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 1st - 3rd

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Perspectives: Combining IEW Writing with Classic Short Stories (Session 1) - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In literature, characters become our friends. We can sympathize or celebrate with them. We feel their joys, sorrows and pain. In this class, Perspectives, your child will embrace the world of Short Stories. We will delve deep into these pieces of literature analyzing, discussing and writing about the details pertaining to these stories. There will be one technological project; otherwise, the writing will range from 3 – 5 paragraphs including Narrative Summaries, Critique Writing and Essays.

It is strongly encouraged that students have taken at least one year of Eva Goldstein-Meola’s Middle School IEW Writing Class (or the equivalent) as those writing skills will be utilized. If your child has not taken Eva’s MSW class, the alternative is that your child feels comfortable writing a 5-paragraph essay. If you have questions, please contact Eva at eva@opententacademy.com.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session Two to participate in Session One. One semester of Perspectives equals a half a year Language Arts (literature and writing) class. Each semester covers new short stories and essays. If you are looking for a full year of literature and writing, it is STRONGLY encouraged to register for BOTH session 1 and 2 simultaneously.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Perspectives: Combining IEW Writing with Classic Short Stories (Session 2) - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In literature, characters become our friends. We can sympathize or celebrate with them. We feel their joys, sorrows and pain. In this class, Perspectives, your child will embrace the world of Short Stories. We will delve deep into these pieces of literature analyzing, discussing and writing about the details pertaining to these stories. The writing will consist of three 5-paragraph Expository Essays and two Creative Writing assignments.

It is strongly encouraged that students have taken at least one year of Eva Goldstein-Meola’s Middle School IEW Writing Class (or the equivalent) as those writing skills will be utilized. If your child has not taken Eva’s MSW class, the alternative is that your child feels comfortable writing a 5-paragraph essay. If you have questions, please contact Eva at eva@opententacademy.com.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One to participate in Session Two. One semester of Perspectives equals a half a year Language Arts (literature and writing) class. Each semester covers new short stories and essays. If you are looking for a full year of literature and writing, it is STRONGLY encouraged to register for BOTH session 1 and 2 simultaneously.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Profiles from History (Session 1) Stories of Those Who are Worthy of Remembrance - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his character. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history. During session one, we will learn about inventors, artists, statesmen and explorers that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin in the year 1200 and continue through 1890. During this class, students will also learn beginning IEW WRITING techniques to enhance their learning. Although not a formal writing class, students will be taught from Units I, II and IV in IEW's Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. This will expose them to taking notes, verbal rehearsals, non-fiction summaries and report writing. Additionally, students will apply the rules of banned words and be taught some stylistic techniques. This class will combine history, reading comprehension, reading activities, writing, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places. NOTE: You do not have to take Session Two and/or Session Three to participate in Session One. All Profiles from History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order! NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Profiles from History (Session 2) Heroes of America’s Growth and Freedom - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his/her character. You will notice that I won’t merely focus on the achievements in battle, but more on their strength of character. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session two, we will learn about authors, scientists, statesmen and everyday people that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin around the year 1770 and continue through the 1930s.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Three to participate in Session Two. All Profiles in History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Profiles from History (Session 3) Leaders who Changed Worlds Both Large and Small - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his/her character. I have included some people who stories you may not have heard, but they certainly deserve or admiration. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session three, we will learn about authors, inventors, statesmen, everyday people and war heroes that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin around the year 1750 and continue through the 1950s.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Two to participate in Session Three. All Profiles in History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Ten Days to Research Writing - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Throughout your child’s education, your child will be asked to write research papers. This CAN be done without tears and tantrums! All you need is a step-by-step method. In this class, we will begin with simple, one paragraph research papers and progress until we write a five-paragraph, multi-source research paper using the IEW method of writing.

Students will learn about

• how to brainstorm potential research topics and subtopics
• how to locate and cite credible research sources
• how to write a spell-binding dramatic opening
• how to write a thesis
• how to write a final clincher
• how to write topic and clincher sentences for body paragraphs
• how to write a transitional bridge
• how to use stylistic techniques within their research paper
• how to avoid banned words
• how to write a bibliography/works cited using MLA format

and so much more.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

The Ancient World Early Civilizations, The Mesopotamian World, Egypt, Greece and Rome - Full Year

Term: Fall, Winter, Spring     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $480.00

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This course, in its entirety, will follow the dramatic history of the world’s early civilizations from the first farmers of the Middle East to the rise of the mighty empires in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We will explore the timeline, history and people of the time allowing students to create a vivid picture of life in the ancient world.

Students have the option of taking one semester, two semesters or enroll in the entire year.

• Fall - Ancient World: Egypt
• Winter – Ancient World: Greece
• Spring – Ancient World: Rome
• Full Year of Ancient World – Early Civilizations, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome

NOTE: If you would like to register for ONE of the ten-week sessions (or two of the ten-week sessions), please contact Eva Goldstein-Meola at admin@opententacademy.com. Each independent 10-week session is $250.00. She would be glad to take care of that for you!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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The United States Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. However, many delegates felt that the document was not truly complete, since it did not include a list of rights that offered people protections from abuses of power by the government. These delegates felt that the lack of these rights would prevent ratification by the States, and after further deliberations, crafted ten Amendments to the Constitution that are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.

In this survey class, we will explore the Bill of Rights, using cases and examples covering the first eight Amendments, that will cover both the Founders’ intent and further interpretation by the judiciary.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Beyond Worksheets: Grammar, Punctuation, Editing – Oh My! - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Who remembers the dreaded WARRINER’S GRAMMAR textbook that almost every high school student used? Yup – you know the one! The small, thick book that had grammar exercise after grammar exercise. Don’t panic. This course is NOT that.

In Beyond Worksheets, students will be an active learner in understanding the rules of the English Language, and then, provide examples demonstrating their knowledge of the rules. Students will be engaged through videos, games and activities as well as creating an interactive notebook, which will serve as a resource for referring to grammar rules in the future.

Please note – students will NOT master every rule in 10-weeks; however, this course is intended to open their eyes, introduce them to the rules and help them develop a resource to refer to in the future.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Don’t Trust Atoms, they Make Up Everything High School Chemistry - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Chemistry is the study of composition, reactivity, properties and reactivity of matter. The first part of the course includes mastery of topics in measurement, dimensional analysis, classification of matter, chemical structure, chemical formula and equation writing, and stoichiometry. The remainder of the semester is spent in a survey of physical applications to chemical systems including gas laws, kinetic theory, solutions, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry with emphasis world applications.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This class is a LAB science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session Three) - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session three, students will explore United States History from 1914 to 1970s. We will learn about (and read) the following topics (and books):

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Jewish Immigration to New York City - Meet Rebecca
The Great Depression - Meet Kit
World War II - Meet Molly
Social Changes of the 1970s - Meet Julie

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Two to participate in Session Three. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session Two) - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session two, students will explore United States History from 1853 – 1904. We will learn about (and read) the following topics (and books):

French Influence/New Orleans - Meet Cecile
Swedish Immigration - Meet Kirsten
Civil War/Underground Railroad - Meet Addy
Industrial Revolution - Meet Samantha

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Three to participate in Session Two. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Extraordinary People from History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In this class we are going to highlight the lives of important people during history. We will explore a brief biography of their life, the society and culture that shaped them and what contributions they made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born in a different time and culture.

The first part of each class will be a biography of the person’s life via lecture, videos and recordings. The second part of the class will be an open discussion of what our thoughts about the person and what we can learn to implement in our own lives.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Famous Speeches in American History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Historic speeches can teach us a tremendous amount about the past history as well as the people who said these words. They can educate us about pivotal moments, triumphs, failures, challenges and accomplishments a nation has experienced during different eras. The history of the United States has been characterized by many speeches which have precipitated changes and impacted the way American interact with their leaders, neighbors and the rest of the world. Americans in every century have lent their ears to impassioned voices that have stirred, challenged, convicted and profoundly affected the conscience of our nation. These speeches have shaped American history with bold ideas, designed to persuade and influence discourse during difficult and prosperous times – creating a better nation for all Americans.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Geography for High School Students - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Geography is an interdisciplinary subject! During this twenty-week course, students will travel the globe studying both the geographical elements of each continent as well as the culture and the people who live there. Students will be responsible for learning the countries, major mountain ranges and bodies of water. As geography and history are impossible to separate, we will also learn some history of the land! Class will be made up of lectures, multi-media, discussions and open-ended questions. Homework will be made up of independent reading, map building, map quizzes, open book tests and a final and a mid-term. We have a lot to cover! Do you want to join us on our journey around the world? Come along – it will be fun!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Geology Rocks! Introduction to Geology - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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While geology rocks, geology isn’t just about rocks. The science of geology deals with the earth’s physical structure and substance, its history and the processes acting on it. These processes include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, mountains, oceans etc. Together we will travel to the top of active volcanoes, survey earthquakes throughout history, climb to the very top of the tallest peaks on the planet and dive to the bottoms of our oceans. So pack your bag, put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and join me as we look at planet Earth through the eyes of a geologist!

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

If the Genes Fit High School Biology - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms. Together we will explore their physical structure, chemical composition, function, reproduction development and evolution.

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: This class is a LAB science.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Introduction to IEW Writing - A Week - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Aug 26, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This is an interactive, introductory class geared towards middle and upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures will include: summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries, beginning report writing, writing from pictures, and beginning essay writing. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove “banned words” (overused, boring words) from their writing.

Each week, Eva will review past lessons to encourage mastery. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in the homework process. Scribing for your child is acceptable (however, don’t change their words!).

Students are encouraged to repeat this class twice. The first year tends to be overwhelming, and in most cases the second year is when their internal “light bulbs switch on” and writing happens!

This class meets every other week from August through May. This allows the student to have enough time over the course of 14 days to go through the entire writing process allowing them to write a fabulous paper.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Middle School Writing - B Week - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease.

During class, each structure will be introduced, explained, brainstormed and modeled. While working on their homework it is expected that they use their handouts for reference. Students are expected to repeat the entire writing process with some degree of independence. Students might need parental assistance; however, over time we are striving for them to establish their independence as writers.

Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the “subject-opener” using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean.

There is an emphasis on editing – TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring….. not just correcting.

This class meets every other week from September through May. This allows the student to have enough time over the course of 14 days to go through the entire writing process allowing them to write a fabulous paper.

NOTE: A good essay is NOT done in ONE or TWO sittings; instead it is created over time. When a student grows into a confident writer, less time will be needed for the process. This typically happens in the second year of this class. While working on homework, students are expected to repeat the writing process with some degree of independence. NEW (first year) students might need parental assistance, but, over time, ultimately, we are striving for them to establish independence as writers. In addition, after multiple years studying/using IEW methodology, it is often during the second year of this class that a student will begin “finding their voice” and given freedom to use stylistic techniques as they feel needed. Homework is given at the end of each class. Students are expected to email their writing for an evaluation to eva@writingteacher.com

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Not Your Grandmother’s Hobbies: A Modern Approach to “Older” Skills - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you want to be creative while also learning some of the “lost” arts?

Many of these skills are making a comeback and are trending on social media such as Instagram. Perhaps this is partially because society is recognizing the power of creativity and the meditative properties of these hobbies. In fact, when we are allowed to express ourselves and make creative choices, we often demonstrate more self- control in our lives. These hobbies are great life skills and can even spark an entrepreneurial spirit within us.

During this class, we will learn the basics to 3 needlecraft hobbies. 1. Sewing 2. Crochet 3. Knitting. Students will leave each unit with a totally awesome creation of their very own. I will do my best within each unit to allow student choice so that they end up with amazing and fun results!

BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS ARE INVITED (and encouraged) TO PARTICIPATE!!!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Our American Presidents: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Every president is a human being. Some presidents made good choices. Some presidents made not so good choices. And, finally, other presidents had their hands tied. As citizens of the United States, we truly never know what goes on behind the Oval Office doors. Together, we will take a look at the person history of our 45 presidents.

Each class will consist of a personal history of the man, their education, career, triumphs, failures and impacts.

The goal of this class is for the students to have a better understanding of the diverse leadership that our country has had including their background, achievements and even scandals. As this class touches on political issues, each student is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful and polite. It is absolutely ok to disagree with another student’s view or even the instructor’s view – however, we have to agree to disagree politely and with respect.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

So, You Wanna Create?! Mixed Media & Digital Art - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you need to stretch your creative muscle more?

Do you see awesome photoshopped or digitally created pieces of art and wish you could create it?

Would you like to learn some PhotoShop, Procreate, and general digital art skills?

Have you ever tried to use a creative art software and gave up after trying to figure it out?

If any of these are experiences or feelings you’ve had, I can totally relate. I’ve created this class for anyone wanting to dive in and get themselves creating, while also learning valuable art skills. In addition to the technical know-hows, students will also learn about art skills such as perspective, shading, reflection, rotation, drawing, and more.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Strong Males: Coming of Age - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In “Coming of Age”, we are going to focus on two novels – both involving choices and decisions that teenagers made. Students will be actively engaging in pre-reading, reading, comprehension, discussion, analysis and writing activities to go with both novels. Students should expect approximately 2 - 3 hours of homework weekly, which will involve both reading and writing.

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Parents need to know that this story of peer pressure, rebellion, and identity centers on two rival groups of teens, the lower-class "outsider" Greasers and the more well-heeled, popular Socs (short for Socials). It includes fighting, underage drinking, delinquent behavior, a rumble, a fatal stabbing, and a suicide. But the indelible characters and compelling story have consistently hooked middle school kids, teens, and reluctant readers since The Outsiders was first published in 1967. This book appeals to preteens (many read it in sixth grade) because that's the time when kids break into social cliques and life becomes tribal. The feelings of being ostracized are timeless -- which is why this book is still so relevant more than 40 years after its original publication.

The Outsiders was a controversial book at the time of its publication; it is still currently challenged and debated. It was ranked #38 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999. This book has been banned from some schools and libraries; however, in many United States schools, the book is part of the English curriculum at the middle- or high-school level.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Various parties have asserted that the novel implies homoeroticism between Gene and Finny, including those who endorse a queer reading of the novel, and those who condemn homosexuality as immoral. For example, the book was challenged in the Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy sex novel"[1] despite having no substantial female characters (and describing no sexual activity).

Though frequently taught in U.S. high schools, curricula related to A Separate Peace typically ignore a possible homoerotic reading in favor of engaging with the book as a historical novel or coming-of-age story.[2] Knowles denied any such intentions, stating in a 1987 newspaper interview:

"Freud said any strong relationship between two men contains a homoerotic element...If so in this case, both characters are totally unaware of it. It would have changed everything, it wouldn’t have been the same story. In that time and place, my characters would have behaved totally differently."

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Strong Males: Two Newbery Honor Novels - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In “Newbery Honor Books”, we are going to focus on two novels – both involving choices and decisions that teenagers made. In this class students will be involved in pre-reading, reading, comprehension, discussion, analysis and writing activities. Students should expect 2 - 3 hours of homework weekly involving both reading and writing.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt

In the period of the Vietnam War, Holling Hoodhood starts his seventh-grade year at odds with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Wednesday afternoons are their private time together, and the pastimes are many—from clapping erasers to dissecting various Shakespeare plays. Through Holling, his family, and his school compatriots, Schmidt takes clichés such as perfect families, battle-ax teachers, and incorrigible students and makes them original. Joel Johnstone’s narration gains potency from his even voice and pacing. Moments poignant with lost chances for understanding, such as those between Holling’s father and sister, are as vivid as those of humor. Listen, laugh, cry, and marvel at the goodness of humankind.

Parents need to know that Newbery Honor Book The Wednesday Wars is a poignant coming-of-age story involving the funny misadventures of Long Island, New York seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood and his unlikely discovery of Shakespeare in the turbulent academic year of 1967-68. There are two references to middle school students smoking, and a scene of two rats run over by a bus.

Nothing but the Truth by Avi

Patriotism or practical joke?

Ninth-grade student Philip Malloy was suspended from school for singing along to The Star-Spangled Banner in his homeroom, causing what his teacher, Margaret Narwin, called "a disturbance." But was he standing up for his patriotic ideals, only to be squelched by the school system? Was Ms. Narwin simply trying to be a good teacher? Or could it all be just a misunderstanding gone bad—very bad? What is the truth here? Can it ever be known?
Heroism, hoax, or mistake, what happened at Harrison High changes everything for everyone in ways no one—least of all Philip—could have ever predicted.

Parents need to know that this book depicts high school life with devastating accuracy, and uses an unusual, intriguing format. Teenagers easily understand the situation, recognize the characters, and enjoy the book -- even when it's required.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

The History of Rock ‘n Roll - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Discover the history of rock ‘n roll in more detail that you can imagine. In Rock History, you will learn where rock music started, how it evolved, its highs and lows, its outlaws and visionaries and how it changed social history by combating racism and challenging the establishment with alternate lifestyle and fashions. You will get a chance to explore many of the revolutionary artists who defined rock ‘n roll as well as the unsung heroes in genres from rockabilly to psychedelia, punk, metal and beyond. You will learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past sixty years.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Introduction to Astronomy - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Astronomy is more than just stars in the sky: it’s the big bang, the milky way, telescopes and much, much more! Together we will study the planets and their moons, comets, galaxies and space! Students will explore the four corners of our galaxy and we will discuss what could possibly be out there in a classroom far, far away.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Samantha Star

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

“All the World’s a Stage” Shakespeare Roundtable for Teens - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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This class, designed to spark a love of the Bard and give a solid introduction, starts with a tour through Shakespeare’s life and amazing use of language. The concepts we learn about his use of poetic meter, prose, and rhetorical devices will be an indispensable part of the remaining weeks’ study and in fact any future literature study.

This focus on language will be a central thread running through each weekly session. As we unpack plays and sonnets, examining their themes and meanings, we will return again and again to the idea of Shakespeare as a master of the language. Students will learn that Shakespeare tells a story in several ways: through the words themselves, but also through the rhythms, repetitions, and other language tools built into his work. They will come to understand how Shakespeare is one of the most important and influential writers in the Western canon of literature, and they will start to see his cultural influence around them.

Over the course of the 20 weeks, students will take a tour through the full body of his work, sampling from the major comedies, histories, and tragedies. This course is designed to balance breadth and depth. We will be covering a large portion of his work, but using the tools of rhetoric, we will be able to unlock deep insights and profound aspects of his work.

The incredible variety of themes present in his work will also be showcased in this class. Shakespeare speaks to us about fate, about war and peace, about race and religion, about the roles of men and women and the rise and fall of kingdoms. This spectacular expanse of subject matter will become apparent to students and will further deepen their appreciation and knowledge of one of the English language’s most important authors.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Merium Khan

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

American Literature - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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This course introduces students to American literature in a chronological historical, literary, and artistic context, while developing skills in writing and literary analysis. Students will perform in-depth research throughout this advanced high school course.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

American Sign Language 1: High School Level - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Have your students always wanted to learn American Sign Language? This class is just what they need to get started! We will go from zero to ASL heroes over the course of the school year! Rather than learning random vocabulary words, this course will help students learn how to sign conversationally with the deaf and hard-of-hearing, even if they don’t know how to spell their names!

By the end of the course, students will be able to carry on a basic conversation completely in American Sign Language. They’ll also have the tools they need to move on to more advanced signing concepts later.

It is strongly recommended that sometime during the student's study of ASL, they take my class, Introduction to Deaf Culture. This helps the student understand the complete picture of the Deaf world. This class is being offer during Winter 2020 on Thursday.

Note: ASL classes at OTA have a limit of TEN students so that each student can get enough time to sign during class.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 7th - 11th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

American Sign Language 2: High School Level - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 30

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Price: $600.00

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Are your students ready to move on to advanced ASL concepts and become fluent signers? This is the class for them! We’ll be taking what we know about ASL and building on it to help students communicate fluently with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. If your students have been frustrated at the lack of progress in understanding how to sign, this course will strengthen their receptive skills and their expression skills so that they’ll be signing with the best!

This class is an advanced course based on completion of ASL Level 1 or one year of previous structured ASL learning. The goal of this course is signing fluency, so classes will build toward being held completely in ASL by the end of the last term.

It is strongly recommended that sometime during the student's study of ASL, they take my class, Introduction to Deaf Culture. This helps the student understand the complete picture of the Deaf world. This class is being offer during Winter 2020 on Thursday.

Note: ASL classes at OTA have a limit of TEN students so that each student can get enough time to sign during class.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Beyond Reading Boot Camp - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you desire to become a stronger reader?
Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking?
If you’re a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our higher-level reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts with basic comprehension skills, yet builds on several areas of critical reading skills so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

My aim is to identify and close the reading gaps in my students’ abilities. My private tutoring students generally improve one grade level in their reading level with just 10-12 hours of instruction, so I’m excited about this group format!

This course focuses on higher- level thinking and reading skills; this includes more inferencing, summarizing, drawing conclusions, etc. In addition, we will practice test taking skills such as finding evidence and rereading to gain clarity. Everything in this class aims to allow an opportunity for students to gain and grow healthy reading habits.

In this class, we will be learning growth-mindset and higher-order thinking/ literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Beyond Reading Boot Camp - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 24, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you desire to become a stronger reader?
Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking?
If you’re a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our higher-level reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts with basic comprehension skills, yet builds on several areas of critical reading skills so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

My aim is to identify and close the reading gaps in my students’ abilities. My private tutoring students generally improve one grade level in their reading level with just 10-12 hours of instruction, so I’m excited about this group format!

This course focuses on higher- level thinking and reading skills; this includes more inferencing, summarizing, drawing conclusions, etc. In addition, we will practice test taking skills such as finding evidence and rereading to gain clarity. Everything in this class aims to allow an opportunity for students to gain and grow healthy reading habits.

In this class, we will be learning growth-mindset and higher-order thinking/ literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Big Blue: Exploring the Physical, Geological, and Chemical Properties of the Ocean - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Oceanography is a lab based class, with hands on guided inquiry activities in which students will study the physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the ocean. Topics include exploration and oceanographic instruments; the chemistry of sea water; ocean dynamics; ocean floor features and formation; waves and tides.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Sarah Pope

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Geography Matters: Exploring our Fifty States - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $250.00

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Did you know that about 75 % of graduating seniors admitted to not being able to……

• name all fifty United States
• name all fifty capitals
• locating the states on a blank United States map? (Reuters, 2016)

Additionally, according to the Nation’s Report Card, students lacked basic geographical awareness in both general know and problem solving. For example, 55% of graduating seniors could not answer the following question correctly:

What is the most common use of land in the Great Plains region?
• Fishing
• Farming
• Mining
• Recreation

With the focus on STEM related subjects, there has been a sharp decline in geographic awareness. That is where this class steps in. While at homeschooling conferences this past spring and speaking to students of all ages, I noticed that students lacked knowledge in not only the geography of the United States, but the geographical features and location of our nation’s gems.

Geography is more than drawing a map and noting a specific state’s location. During our 20-weeks together, the students and I will focus on an in-depth study of our amazing country. We will focus on climate, flags and seals, date of statehood, mottos and symbols, tourist destinations, significant historical events, people that were important to that state, timeline of key events, and much more!

Join us for a wild and crazy ride!

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 4th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

HerStory: Important Periods in History from a Female Perspective - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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We often explore and learn about history from the male point of view. This series teaches students that the stories of our past have other perspectives. Students will learn not only to look at these historical events and time periods from a female perspective, but will come to understand that by looking at events from multiple perspectives (including, for example, a child’s perspective, or a different cultural perspective) they will come to develop a deeper understanding of our past, present and future. This 10 week course will start with an overview class to help students grasp the idea of various perspectives in history and then in each subsequent class we will study a different event or time period from a female perspective – both important contributions of women during the time as well as the experience of life during that time from a women’s point of view. The class will cover the Viking era, the American pioneers, the American Civil War, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, WWII, the American Revolution, The Renaissance period, and the American Civil Rights movement.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Kirsten Bowman

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Hidden Figures: The Women who Changed NASA Forever - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Hidden Figures is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program; however, until now, did not receive the credit they deserved.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rulers, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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In this class, we are going to study about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s life. We are going to combine reading, comprehension, discussion, history, culture, geography and so much more into this amazing class.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. She fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Middle School Writing - A Week - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Aug 27, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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This fast paced, interactive class begins preparing your student for high school and (eventually) college level writing. In Middle School Writing, the students will be writing five paragraph critiques, research papers and essays (expository, persuasive and narrative). Students will practice each structure at least twice allowing the student to write the second or third papers with the same structure with more ease.

During class, each structure will be introduced, explained, brainstormed and modeled. While working on their homework it is expected that they use their handouts for reference. Students are expected to repeat the entire writing process with some degree of independence. Students might need parental assistance; however, over time we are striving for them to establish their independence as writers.

Students will work on finding their voice through required stylistic techniques that they add into their writing. We also work hard on eliminating the use of the “subject-opener” using various sentence openers. Finally, there is a list of banned words (overused, boring) that the students are not allowed to use, so that they can find more descriptive ways to say what they mean.

There is an emphasis on editing – TRULY editing, by using their composition checklist. However, at this stage editing means revising, revamping, rewriting, restructuring….. not just correcting.

This class meets every other week from August through May. This allows the student to have enough time over the course of 14 days to go through the entire writing process allowing them to write a fabulous paper.

NOTE: A good essay is NOT done in ONE or TWO sittings; instead it is created over time. When a student grows into a confident writer, less time will be needed for the process. This typically happens in the second year of this class. While working on homework, students are expected to repeat the writing process with some degree of independence. NEW (first year) students might need parental assistance, but, over time, ultimately, we are striving for them to establish independence as writers. In addition, after multiple years studying/using IEW methodology, it is often during the second year of this class that a student will begin “finding their voice” and given freedom to use stylistic techniques as they feel needed. Homework is given at the end of each class. Students are expected to email their writing for an evaluation to eva@writingteacher.com

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Powerful Paragraph - B Week - Full Year - 2019 - 2020

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 10, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 14

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Price: $450.00

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In this “technical writing” (nonfiction) class, students will focus on exploring, brainstorming and writing strong, one paragraph pieces. Structures include, but are not limited to: descriptive, chronological, definition, compare/contrast, process analysis, spatial, enumerative…. As this process is happening the students will learn how to use various stylistic techniques that match the appropriate structure, as well as which transitional words work best.

Powerful Paragraphs is a good option for the student who is not yet ready to tackle the five paragraphs expected in Middle School Writing. In addition, if you have a new or a reluctant writer, you will find it is better to build confidence rather than overwhelm your child with a class they aren’t ready for. This is a one-year class.

The goal is to help students focus on making every word count by choosing colorful, powerful words that create vivid pictures using the fewest number of words possible, as well as understanding the specific differences within each structure, and applying the appropriate transitions and stylistic techniques that lend themselves to each structure.

This class meets every other week from September through May. This allows the student to have enough time over the course of 14 days to go through the entire writing process allowing them to write a fabulous paper.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Reading Boot Camp - Winter 2020

Term: Winter 2020     Class Meets: Thursday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you desire to become a stronger reader?

Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking?

If you’re a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts in the beginning, yet builds on several areas so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

My aim is to identify and close the reading gaps in my students’ abilities. My private tutoring students generally improve one grade level in their reading level with just 10-12 hours of instruction, so I’m excited about this group format!

This course focuses on the five components of reading that is differentiated for this age group. It is for readers who find reading to be more difficult than fun.

The primary skills include reviewing phonics, fluency, writing in response to reading, and comprehension.

***Students can take this class multiple times because it is different each time. I differentiate leering so that each student gets what he or she needs.

In this class, we will be learning literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Starting at the Very Beginning: A Jump Start to IEW Writing - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Are you looking for a SOLID jump start for whatever writing classes you choose for 2020 – 2021 school year? If so, this is it!

Eva Goldstein-Meola, certified IEW specialist as well as seasoned reading/writing teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, is leading this interactive, introductory class geared towards elementary to middle, and/or upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures can include summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries and beginning report writing. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing. Students will receive approximately 30 minutes of homework daily.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 7th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

The Role of Women During the Revolutionary War - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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When discussing past history, we tend to hear what the men did. It is typically always about the men. However, the truth of the matter is that without women the men wouldn’t be able to do what they did.

This class will explore the role of women during the Revolutionary Era. We will take a look at women’s roles, expectations and struggles of the American women of this time period. Our studies will be centered around the textbook, Women of the Republic, by Lind K. Kerber (please note this is written at college level). There will be weekly reading assignments, PowerPoint lectures, pintable notes (available before every class) and guided discussion. Each student will be responsible for reading the chapter to be discussed before each class.

NOTE: The textbook we are using is written at college level.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the SS St. Louis - Combining Literature with History - Fall 2019

Term: Fall 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Can you imagine reaching out to the president of the United States about a ship full of Jewish refugees, who are going to be sent to concentration camps or worse, death camps, if they return to Germany, and the President of the United States not responding?

This class is about the true story of a journey on a ship, The SS St. Louis, sailing in 1939 with just under 900 Jewish passengers and what happened to them.

The story of Lisa and Sol, two young children on the SS St. Louis, is set against the tragic true history of the St. Louis. Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of these innocent children, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many.

Together, we will read, discuss, map out the route taken, understand the history, discuss the prejudice and hatred and try to understand why the world turned their back on The SS St. Louis.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Twentieth Century Wars and The Rise of The Super Powers - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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In this class, we will explore World War 1, World War 2, the Cold War, and the rise of “Super Powers” in the 20th Century. We will examine the causes of the First World War and how alliances between countries caused the first “global war”. From there, we will look at how the after effects of World War 1 planted the seed that became World War 2. From there we will look at the post World War 2 division of Germany, the creation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact and the effects of the Cold War. This class is a combination of lecture and documentary video clips as well as discussion.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

United States History – Part One Pre-History – 1865: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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Thousands of years ago, long before Christopher Columbus set sail, wandering tribes of hunters make their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America through the stories of mountain men, railroad builders and gold rush hopefuls; simply put, prehistory (pre-1600) until 1860, are the time periods this United States History (Part One) class will explore. Using the thought-provoking narrative and award-winning series, A History of US by Joy Hakim, students will unfold the magic of United States history. Together, we will read, analyze, discuss, dig deeper using Joy Hakims’ first five books (as listed below). Not only will we learn about the time period, we will also explore the music, people, events of these time periods.

NOTE: Part two of this course, covering 1860 – present, will be offered during 2020 – 2021.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Women in History - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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History tends to be made up of important men. This class will be different. The entire 10-week class is made up of important women from various points in history.

During each class, we will explore a brief biography of a different woman. Together, we will explore their life, the society and the culture that shaped them. We will also examine what contributions they made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born at a different time.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Women Mathematicians and Scientists from 1700 - 1900 - Spring 2020

Term: Spring 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Although it often seems that the world is powered by men, this is not the case. Throughout history, women have left their impact in all fields – including science and mathematics.

During this course, we will explore a brief biography of the life, the society and culture that shaped these women. Additionally, we will discuss what contributions were made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born in a different time and culture and how their contributions were received by society at the time.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

“To Be or Not to Be” Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Wednesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $400.00

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In this course, actors such as David Tennant, Andrew Scott, Kenneth Branagh and Paapa Essedieu will be our guides to the tortured Prince of Denmark in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Hamlet is an indispensable piece of Western literature—classic lines from the play decorate our speech, and Hamlet the man has become a cultural icon. We imagine the classic pose, skull held aloft, “Alas poor Yorick.” We have heard “to be or not to be” even if we’ve never seen the play itself. Yet this play—Shakespeare’s longest—continues to daunt many students and teachers.

We will use a student-friendly edition of the play that takes the original unabridged text and provides helpful sidenotes and background information. In class, I use my signature style of teaching Shakespeare with passion, intensity, and videos to unpack the language and themes, learning to appreciate and enjoy the text through instruction and discussion.

Hamlet is a play that covers such a vast spectrum of human experience—family bonds, love and heartache, madness, authority and leadership, life and death, and human fate. These ideas will be explored through the backdrop of the play and its language.

Students will be expected to pre-read the scene up for discussion before class, and then in class I will clarify obscure words and phrases, explain the dialogue and soliloquies, and show students how various directors and actors interpret the play on the stage and screen.

Students will also keep a journal of important, interesting, and memorable quotes from the play along with their reflections and thoughts on the characters, themes, and quotes. They will use these quotes in a final project due at the end of the course.

Content note: this play includes discussion of infidelity/adultery, incest, and sexuality. No sexually explicit discussion occurs, but rather these are discussed as broad themes.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Merium Khan

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

We All Belong Here: Diverse Literature for Young Adults - Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

Term: Fall 2019 & Winter 2020     Class Meets: Monday,      5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 09, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

Syllabus

Price: $400.00

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The world is a vibrant blend of people of all ethnicities, races, and faiths. Literature is one way that we can explore the human experience. For ultimately, no matter what we look like on the outside, or what country we are from, the color of our skin, or our socioeconomic status, we are human on the inside. The joys and sorrows of life touch each one of us. Opening our minds and hearts to hearing others’ experiences is a powerful way to expand our awareness and understanding of the world and its people around us.

In this course, we read two award-winning novels written in the first-person about young people trying to find their place in their communities. We will see how these high schoolers are perceived by those around them, how they are pre-judged and pre-labeled. We will step into their lives and see the colorful worlds they occupy and the basic humanity that they share with everyone else around them.

As we discuss the characters’ experiences, we will examine the idea of being a “minority” or being the “other” and why representation matters in literature and media. We will use these books as a way to learn about others’ cultures and faiths. We will also examine how a person’s appearance or background can shape others’ perceptions and treatment of the person.

Along with the novels, selected poetry and short fiction and nonfiction by diverse authors will be included.

Note: Mature issues such as attempted rape/sexual assault are addressed, but there are no explicit details.

NOTE: Registration deadline is August 26, 2019.

Instructor: Merium Khan

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.