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Tues

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 1)

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Tues,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824 – dealing with Native American, British, American citizen, and Hispanic. (Kaya, Felicity, Caroline & Josefina) We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyles, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Tues

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tues,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824 – – American, French, Swedish immigrants, and African-American. (Marie-Grace, Cécile, Kirsten & Addy). We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyle, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Wed

Falling from the Sky, Marrying your Brother and Weaving to Escape Certain Deaths: Greek Mythology and Symbolism

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Wed,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Mythology is so much more than just old stories! The ancient Greek myths, for instance, have an impact on everything from modern marketing to movie scripts to our personal dreams each night. By understanding what a symbol is, we can understand the world around us in more depth. Knowing what the symbolism is in Greek myths makes it possible to see how humans have been retelling these same stories repeatedly in new forms for millennia. Anything that keeps our attention that long deserves a spot in our studies!

Instructor: Joli Hamilton

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Tues

Lights! Cameras! Action! An Alternative Course for High School English: Movies as Literature

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

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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Camera! Movies! Action! In this complete, one-year high school English course, we will combine learning with fun! Together, we will use classic movies to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis and critical thinking. We will view a variety of historical, classic and modern movies. The movies themselves take the place of literature, acknowledging the reality that this is the medium for storytelling most accessible to modern audiences. Preparation for discussion and the discussion itself teaches students many of the tools of literary analysis such as plot development, theme, foreshadowing, setting, mood, character development, symbolism, the authors purpose, point of view, motivation, puns, and irony. The analysis includes other aspects applicable to film such as staging and dramatic effects. After discussion, students are given two or three questions from which they will choose one as the subject for an essay.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thur

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thur,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Why would a young girl leave her home on a hot summer day dressed in multiple layers of warm winter clothing? What does a teenager think and feel about being forced to go into hiding to escape the Nazis Holocaust? We will journey through the diary of Anne Frank in which Anne shares her innermost feelings, challenges, and hopes. We will keep a journal of our own thoughts and feelings as we journey through the acclaimed diary, The Diary of Anne Frank. With Anne Frank as our guide, we will learn about the Holocaust and the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of evil.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Wed

British Literature: Plots, Twists, and Great Betrayals

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

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $550.00

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This is a survey course of British literature covering from the Anglo-Saxon age through the 20th century. It is content driven in that we will be reading and engaging with whole texts, not simply excerpts of the great books. Students will read classics such as Beowulf, Macbeth, Robinson Crusoe, Jane Eyre, Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities and The Lord of the Rings, along with selected poetry and essays. While studying the literary forms, students will also learn the historical applications for better understanding of the context. We also are going to learn the basics of literary criticism and concepts. Writing assignments include a literary response journal for each work we read, two research papers of 5-7 pages, and short application assignments on a weekly basis. These will often include creative assignments as well as short written pieces. This class will include lectures, discussion, websites and differentiated instruction. Sound boring? It isn’t at all. We will delve deep into these written works while learning how they affect our culture and apply to our lives today.

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Thur

Finding Yourself in Wonderland

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thur,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Together, the students and I will be marking our own destination on a voyage through the novel, Alices Adventures in Wonderland. Our voyage will combine reading, writing and art with exposure to the genre of nonsense literature, limericks, symbolism, mathematical puns, political commentary, dream analysis, and fairy tales/fantasy. In addition to basic vocabulary building, and character and plot analysis, a special emphasis will be placed on the students own creative writing and illustrating.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Mon

Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students (Session 1)

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Mon,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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. All writing will be five paragraphs in the form of critiques, research and essays.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Mon

Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Mon,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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. All writing will be five paragraphs in the form of critiques, research and essays.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Tues

Go Greek Lightning: Percy Jackson (Session 1)

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Tues,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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When the Greek god Poseidon was busy using his trident to slay the lightning wielding god Zeus, he probably didn't imagine that one day a young boy from upstate New York with ADHD named Percy Jackson would discover that he was a reincarnated demigod, whose dyslexia made it possible for him to read Greek inscriptions! This class will focus on learning about the Greek mythologies, their Ancient Near Eastern influences, and their ultimate influence upon Western culture, and of course, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Characters in the Percy Jackson series will be compared with their ancient Greek mythological counterparts in a quest to bridge modern literature with ancient civilizations.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tues

Go Greek Lightning: Percy Jackson (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tues,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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When the Greek god Poseidon was busy using his trident to slay the lightning wielding god Zeus, he probably didn't imagine that one day a young boy from upstate New York with ADHD named Percy Jackson would discover that he was a reincarnated demigod, whose dyslexia made it possible for him to read Greek inscriptions! This class will focus on learning about the Greek mythologies, their Ancient Near Eastern influences, and their ultimate influence upon Western culture, and of course, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. Characters in the Percy Jackson series will be compared with their ancient Greek mythological counterparts in a quest to bridge modern literature with ancient civilizations.

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Thurs

Visions of the Future: The Genre of Dystopia

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Thurs,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 14, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Parsing literature isn’t easy. In this course, students and teacher tackle some of the most significant classic works in the genre of dystopia: Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and George Orwell’s “1984.” Over the course of 10 weeks, students will compare and contrast these novels, as well as the science-fiction dystopian film, “Gattaca” to reach conclusions about the literature, and the evolution of the genre of “dystopia” itself.  The novels and movie examine concepts such as human rights, the role of technology in our world, history, truth, and many more. Students will be asked to examine their own world, and draw conclusions about it based on our predictions of the future.

Instructor: Shayna Hume

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

You Can't Stop Them! Literature with Strong Female Leads (Session 1)

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 11, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Leadership! Courage! Empathy! Passion! Esperanza, Joan, Ally, Melody and Charlotte had it all. Together, in this class, we will read, discuss, analyze, comprehend, relate and write about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to question, relate to, respond and analyze their views based on discussion. Due to the content of these books, I ask that all students are respectful to one another. Independently or in wikigroups, students will be responsible to complete either a project or a paper (of their choice from a list) with every novel. Parents please read the descriptions of the novels below so you are aware of the content we will be reading. This class is for VERY mature 6th graders through 9th/ 10th grade because of the content of the books.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

You Can't Stop Them! Literature with Strong Female Leads (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Leadership! Courage! Empathy! Passion! The leading ladies in the novels we will be reading have it all. Together, in this class, we will read, discuss, analyze, comprehend, relate and write about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to question, relate to, respond and analyze their views based on discussion. Due to the content of these books, I ask that all students are respectful to one another. Independently or in wikigroups, students will be responsible to complete either a project or a paper (of their choice from a list) with every novel. Novels for session 2 will be announced shortly! This class is for VERY mature 6th graders through 9th/ 10th grade because of the content of the books.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Tues

Four Days. Six Deaths. Teenagers Behaving Badly. Romeo and Juliet.

Term: Fall 2017     Class Meets: Tues,      7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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If you think Romeo & Juliet is a sappy romance..... boy, do I have a class for you! You may know Romeo and Juliet as the quintessential romantic couple; however, what if I told you that these two teens are not much different from kids you would find on an MTV reality show? And the adults in their lives do not help much, either. Oh, the terrible decisions...it is quite the Elizabethan soap opera. In addition, you will have the opportunity to challenge your brain with William Shakespeare. What could be better?

Instructor: Tess Wigginton

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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