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Tues

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session One)

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

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Students will learn about American History from the year 1764 until 1824, hitting some of the high points of historical events in different areas of the country and with different ethnicities, such as, Native American, British, American citizen, and Hispanic. (Kaya, Felicity, Caroline and Josefina) We plan to include the historical events of the country and region for each girl studied. Students will engage with the time period and culture and various other elements of culture and history through assignments that engage different learning styles and include hands-on home activities. One long-term project and several short-term projects will make up part of the course. Students will be given the opportunity to teach the other students in the class through short oral reports and brief presentations. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as setting, conflict, and resolution 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 Two)

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Students will learn about American History from the year 1764 until 1864, hitting some of the high points of historical events in different areas of the country and with different ethnicities ....American, French Free People of Color, Swedish immigrants, and African-American. (Marie-Grace, Cecile, Kirsten & Addy) We plan to include the historical events of the country and region for each girl studied. Students will engage with the time period and culture and various other elements of culture and history through assignments that engage different learning styles and include hands-on home activities. Students will teach the other students in the class through short oral reports and brief presentations. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as setting, conflict, and resolution 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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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 Yong Girl

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

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Syllabus

Price: $550.00

$500.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Finding the Shoe that Fits

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


Quick, what?s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Cinderella? Chances are your answer has something to do with a dainty blonde cartoon girl wearing glass slippers. But there is so much more to the Cinderella story. Throughout history, and in many countries around the world, this tale has been told and reimagined. The common denominator in these varied stories is the triumph of good over evil. In this class, we will investigate different ?Cinderella? characters and their countries/places or origin. Students will read three Cinderella stories to complete their own CINDERELLA AROUND THE WORLD project. In addition, we will learn how to write our own Cinderella Story using The Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW)?s Narrative Stories (Unit 3) format. Finally, students will learn ?point of view?, taking one of the stories they are using for their CINDERELLA AROUND THE WORLD project and write a second paper from a different point of view.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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.

Monday

You Can't Stop Them! Literature with Strong Female Leads

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

Class Begins: Sep 12, 2017

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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.

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

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Mar 15

Reg. Opens Mar 1 8:00 am


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.