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Monday

All About Essays - IEW Writing - B Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 15, 2018

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 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.

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 submit their writing to CANVAS (our LMS) or 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.

Wednesday

Creative Story Writing

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered how to write a compelling story?

Do you want to learn the secret of an opening sentence that hooks your reader?

Does writing a plot that bolts off the page intrigue you?

Are you stuck trying to create compelling characters?

Is creating a unique and authentic writer's voice important to you?

This course answers all these questions and more. Our class topics include:

-components of strong introduction, climax, and conclusion

-character development

-body language, gestures, and facial expressions

-setting

-heightening the use of senses

-sharpening descriptive language

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Creative Story Writing

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We will be exploring different aspects and genres of creative writing through reading and analyzing contemporary works. Our writing journey will include intriguing categories such as the lyrical story, flash fiction, and magical realism.

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Wednesday

Creative Writing: Strengthening the Young Writer's Voice

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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 In this unique and highly creative course different aspects and genres of creative writing will be explored.  Each class is comprised of original writing exercises created by the instructor. Short stories and poems from around the globe are read and discussed. Students write, share, and respond to each other’s work. Class is lively, interactive and imaginative!

Instructor: Sarina Furer

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

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

Monday

High School Research & More - IEW - A Week

Term: Full Year     Class Meets: Monday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

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:

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

In between our term paper, if time allows, we will approach the Timed SAT Analytical essay.

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.

Finally, during the second half of the year, 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.

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Thursday

Meddling Muggles: Harry Potter Book, Movie, and Debate Club! - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards! Your keen eye and intellect are needed to cross-examine Diagon Alley and more in this comparative book/cinema club!

In this course, we will read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince outside of class, and analyze the plot, characters, themes, and more!

Comprehension questions will be provided for each book.

After we've read each book, students will also watch the movie outside of class. We will compare and contrast the book and the movie in our last class for each book, debate which was better: the movie or book, and do a character analysis in class.

After this class, each student will complete an essay on the book/movie and possible explanations for variances. This should be 1-2 pages in length and will be uploaded to the classroom.

Please note: There are three DIFFERENT sessions of this course in total, each one focusing on two different Harry Potter Books. Your child can join this course for any session. Previous sessions are NOT a prerequisite.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

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

Thursday

Meddling Muggles: Harry Potter Book, Movie, and Debate Club! - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards! Your keen eye and intellect are needed to cross-examine Diagon Alley and more in this comparative book/cinema club!

In this course, we will read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire outside of class, and analyze the plot, characters, themes, and more!

Comprehension questions will be provided for each book.

After we've read each book, students will also watch the movie outside of class. We will compare and contrast the book and the movie in our last class for each book, debate which was better: the movie or book, and do a character analysis in class.

After this class, each student will complete an essay on the book/movie and possible explanations for variances. This should be 1-2 pages in length and will be uploaded to the classroom.

Please note: There are three DIFFERENT sessions of this course in total, each one focusing on two different Harry Potter Books. Your child can join this course for any session. Previous sessions are NOT a prerequisite.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 9th

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

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Are you looking for a SOLID jump start for whatever writing classes you choose for 2019 - 2020 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.

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 7th

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

Tuesday

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

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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.

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

You Can't Stop Them: Project Based - Literature Class Literature with Strong Female Leads - Session 2 - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Leadership! Courage! Empathy! Passion!
Delphine, Esperanza, Davey,Carley and Koly thought they had it all.

Together, in this class, we will read, discuss, debate and analyze about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to discuss.

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 5th grade through 8th grade because of the content discussed in the books.

In addition, please note that students have tremendous freedom and choice in the project or paper they wish to accomplish. They are creative, artistic, technological, written and …..basically you name it the student can do it. The project is expected to take about 4 - 5 hours over the course of two weeks (one project due every other week). This is why I encourage the PRE-READING of these novels.

Please note:  Both "You Can't Stop Them" classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just double check the novels we are reading in the syllabus to make sure that your child hasn't participated in the class. 

 

Novels to be read....

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneos

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

You Can't Stop Them: Project Based - Literature Class Literature with Strong Female Leads Session 1 - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

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, debate and analyze about the leading ladies in five award winning yet very different novels. Students are expected to read the novel independently and come prepared to discuss.

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 5th grade through 8th grade because of the content discussed in the books.

In addition, please note that students have tremendous freedom and choice in the project or paper they wish to accomplish. They are creative, artistic, technological, written and …..basically you name it the student can do it. The project is expected to take about 4 - 5 hours over the course of two weeks (one project due every other week). This is why I encourage the PRE-READING of these novels.

Please note:  Both "You Can't Stop Them" classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just double check the novels we are reading in the syllabus to make sure that your child hasn't participated in the class. 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Thursday

All Things Fun & Fascinating IEW Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 11, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Learning to write well will serve children not only during their school years; however, into college and throughout their adult lives. Writing skills are profoundly important in the workplace, and the process of learning to write well also teaches students how to think clearly and communicate effectively in every area of life.

IEW teaches students to hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Whether your students are eager learners or reluctant writers, IEW's award-winning approach will give them the tools they need to confidently write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively. Unlike many creative writing programs, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills. As students practice each format and master each technique, they develop confidence - and consequently creativity. Even beginners can get a sense of structure and a repertoire of style

This class is specifically for grades 3rd (mature) - 5th. It is considered an INTRO to IEW using a theme-based book. It is perfect for the child who has no experience in writing or IEW's methodology.

 

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Wednesday

Banned and Burned: Banned Worthy Books

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 10, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Have you ever wondered what calls for a book to be banned?

How and why could anyone burn a book?

Isn't that considered opposition of free speech?

Banned and Burned is the study of several works that have been banned by various agencies or groups at some point in time. We will explore these works to discover what messages they have for our culture. Due to gravity of content and some language, 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.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 8th (mature) - 12th

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

Wednesday

Elements of Poetry - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course provides a comprehensive analysis of many different aspects of poetry and famous poets to allow students the opportunity to fully understand what poetry is and how to create it. Together, we will study the career, personal life, and legacies of poets Dickenson, Hughes, Frost, and Poe.

I've prepared a PowerPoint presentation that provides in-depth analysis of each of aspect of poetry. We will also fill out printables for each class and write poems together. For our research presentation, each student will choose a different poet to study and his/her poem dissect using what we've learned in class.

Please note: This course is being repeated during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls - Session One - Winter 2019

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

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.

  • Native American - Meet Kaya
  • Revolutionary/Colonial Time Period - Meet Felicity
  • War of 1812 - Meet Caroline
  • Mexican American - Meet Josephina

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.

Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child. 

 

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 Three - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1914 to 1974 .

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

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 take short comprehension quizzes, create timelines, create a map and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present in a pre-recorded video. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.

Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child. 

 

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 - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Students will explore United States History from 1853 - 1904.

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

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 take short comprehension quizzes, create timelines, create a map 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.

Please note:  All the Exploring American History through the American Girls are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the time periods/historical girls we are covering so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child. 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales IEW Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Learning to write well will serve children not only during their school years; however, into college and throughout their adult lives. Writing skills are profoundly important in the workplace, and the process of learning to write well also teaches students how to think clearly and communicate effectively in every area of life. IEW teaches students to hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Whether your students are eager learners or reluctant writers, IEW's award-winning approach will give them the tools they need to confidently write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively. Unlike many creative writing programs, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills. As students practice each format and master each technique, they develop confidence - and consequently creativity. Even beginners can get a sense of structure and a repertoire of style

This class is specifically for grades 3rd (mature) - 5th. It is considered an introduction IEW class. We will learn how to write a keyword outline, do verbal rehearsals, write, edit and more! It is intended as a "first class"/beginners class.

 

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

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

Wednesday

Greek Tragedies Drama … Ancient Style

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

Class Begins: Apr 03, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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.

 

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

Introduction to IEW Writing - A Week

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

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

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! 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd (mature) - 7th

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

Monday

Middle School Writing - IEW - B Week

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

Class Begins: Oct 15, 2018

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. 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th (mature) - 9th

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

Tuesday

Reading Boot Camp Level II - For Grades 5 - 7

Term: Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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 for Level I include reviewing phonics, fluency, writing in response to reading, and comprehension. In Level II, we build upon this framework by removing phonics and adding 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.

***Students can take Level II without taking Level I. ***

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.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Wednesday

Tales from Tolkien: A Study of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Bring the movies to life! Books allow our imagination to flourish and details to be absorbed … while learning. The immensely intelligent J.R.R. Tolkien is famous for the imaginative worlds of Middle-earth and unique concept of mythopoeia. We can understand why his epic trilogy; The Lord of the Rings is so vastly popular that it has reached cult status. Today, Tolkien's fiction is not only a literary classic, but it's also instrumental to the growth and popularity of the genre of modern fantasy. Students in this course will have the opportunity to read Tolkien's work for pleasure, as well as discover the historical, mythological and literary backgrounds of his tales. Students will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of Tolkien's epic stories.

 

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Thursday

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

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?

Together, we will journey through the diary of Anne Frank in which Anne shares her innermost feelings, challenges, and hopes. With Anne Frank as our guide, we will learn about the Holocaust and the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of evil.
During this class, students will write a diary of their own thoughts and feelings as they journey through the life of Anne Frank.

Parents, please note, the topic of the Holocaust will be discussed during this class. In addition, due to the nature of the topic being discussed, the teacher will be showing short movies and images containing pictures from the Holocaust. Please make sure your child can handle this topic and these images.

"I felt many different emotions. I cried. I laughed. I smiled. Reading Anne's diary really gives you insight about the Holocaust. Mrs. Twersky really helped make us feel like we were with Anne comforting her in her time of need. I wish I could take this class over and over again and I will be sure to recommend it." - A.L., Student in New Jersey

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Monday

Diggin' Up Roots Latin and Greek Roots: The Beginning of the English language

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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Vocabulary development is crucial to becoming a good reader and writer; something I have written about at length.  In fact, it is one of the 'magic ingredients' for reading success.  Yet, many students really struggle with this issue.  Systematic, direct instruction of vocabulary can have tremendous impact on such students.  It will help them with reading comprehension, increasing prior knowledge, and is an excellent form of test prep for numerous standardized tests.  

This is a COMPLETE mnemonic unit on eighty-four (of hundreds) Greek and Latin roots that are in thousands of English words.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Elements of Poetry - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This course provides a comprehensive analysis of many different aspects of poetry and famous poets to allow students the opportunity to fully understand what poetry is and how to create it. Together, we will study the career, personal life, and legacies of poets Dickenson, Hughes, Frost, and Poe.

I've prepared a PowerPoint presentation that provides in-depth analysis of each of aspect of poetry. We will also fill out printables for each class and write poems together. For our research presentation, each student will choose a different poet to study and his/her poem dissect using what we've learned in class.

Please note: This course is being repeated during Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 on different days and times.

Instructor: Jessica Elkins

Grade Range: 4th - 8th

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

Thursday

How to Train Your Dragon Novel Study - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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A multidisciplinary class based around the stories by Cressida Cowell of an unlikely Viking hero named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. We will sharpen critical thinking skills while discussing the book, complete creative writing assignments about dragons, learn about Viking history, take part in map reading activities and learn strategies for reading comprehension.

Please note: This class is also being offered during Fall 2018 at a different day/time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

Middle School Writing - IEW - A Week

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

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

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. 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th (mature) - 9th

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

Monday

Perspectives: Combining Middle School Short Stories with IEW Writing - Session One - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 08, 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. There will be one technological project; otherwise, the writing will range from 3 - 5 paragraphs including Narrative Summaries, Critique Writing and Essays.

During Fall 2018, we will read the following short stories:

"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

"The Scholarship Jacket" by Marta Salina

"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

Please note: You do NOT have to take "Perspectives" in any order. The two semesters are INDEPENDENT of one another. They are simply labeled "Session One" and 'Session Two" so you know which short stories we are focusing on each "session"

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

Perspectives: Combining Middle School Short Stories with IEW Writing - Session Two - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2019

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. There will be two creative writing pieces as well as three formal essays.

During Winter 2019, we will read the following short stories:

"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry

"Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan

"Mother and Daughter" by Gary Soto

"The Moustache" by Robert Cormier

"All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury

Please note: You do NOT have to take "Perspectives" in any order. The two semesters are INDEPENDENT of one another. They are simply labeled "Session One" and 'Session Two" so you know which short stories we are focusing on each "session". 

 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Tuesday

Powerful Paragraph - IEW Writing - B Week

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

Class Begins: Oct 16, 2018

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. 

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Tuesday

"Wonder"ful Novel Study - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will study the powerful novel, "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, and dig deeper into the overarching themes of kindness, tolerance of differences, family, courage and friendship.

This book is the story of a fifth-grade boy who was homeschooled due to having facial abnormalities. His parents decide to send him to a private Middle School where most of the students were not accepting of him. His struggles and ability to overcome them with the help of strong familial and friend relationships are highlighted throughout the story. This novel is an extremely thought-provoking book that encourages empathy in the readers. As author R.J. Palacio states, "Empathy is something that is very difficult to teach, but it's something that can be inspired in children." The goal of this class will be just that- to inspire the students to yearn for kindness in the world around them and understand it can start with them.

We will complete extension activities that help students make connections with the text in order to better comprehend the story, work with unfamiliar vocabulary, create a sequencing flow map, analyze figurative language, and complete guided writing prompts. Our discussions will be literature circle style (where each student has a role) to encourage participation by all. The class will culminate with a "Kindness Project".

The book should be read or listened to outside of class time. The students will be asked to keep a reading journal with their thoughts about each chapter and responses to teacher generated discussion questions.

Please note: This class will also be offered during Spring 2019 at a different day and time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

A Nordic Adventure! Sticks Across the Chimney by Nora Burglon - Fall 2018

Term: Fall 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Travel back in time to Denmark at the turn of the 20th century! In this class, we will immerse ourselves in the study of the novel, Sticks Across the Chimney, that will incorporate Reading, Writing, Social Studies and critical thinking skills.Students will be assigned a chapter or two per week to read (or have read to them) prior to class, as well as some work in a reading journal. As the introduction in the beginning of the book correctly describes, "(Sticks Across the Chimney) is richly layered with mystery and intrigue, telling a captivating story of two Danish children and their widowed mother struggling to survive on a dilapidated farm. The mother's positive beliefs combined with the children's wit, compassion and creativity influence events and touch everyone around them.Scandinavian author Nora Burglon skillfully weaves Viking history, folklore, and archeology among the story fibers, bringing ancient sagas alive in fascinating detail." We will explore the Danish culture, along with the exciting Viking history that goes with it, while enjoying the delightful story this talented writer tells.Please note: This class will also be offered during Spring 2019 at a different day/time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Thursday

A Nordic Adventure! Sticks Across the Chimney by Nora Burglon - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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Travel back in time to Denmark at the turn of the 20th century! In this class, we will immerse ourselves in the study of the novel, Sticks Across the Chimney, that will incorporate Reading, Writing, Social Studies and critical thinking skills.

Students will be assigned a chapter or two per week to read (or have read to them) prior to class, as well as some work in a reading journal. As the introduction in the beginning of the book correctly describes, "(Sticks Across the Chimney) is richly layered with mystery and intrigue, telling a captivating story of two Danish children and their widowed mother struggling to survive on a dilapidated farm. The mother's positive beliefs combined with the children's wit, compassion and creativity influence events and touch everyone around them.

Scandinavian author Nora Burglon skillfully weaves Viking history, folklore, and archeology among the story fibers, bringing ancient sagas alive in fascinating detail." We will explore the Danish culture, along with the exciting Viking history that goes with it, while enjoying the delightful story this talented writer tells.

Please note: This class will also be offered during Fall 2018 at a different day/time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

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

Tuesday

A Sweet Adventure through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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An interdisciplinary novel study that incorporates Reading, Science, Social Studies and Art all while exploring the magical world of Willy Wonka!

This class uses Roald Dahl's classic novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in order to teach the story elements of fiction and the comprehension strategies of visualization, activating background knowledge, inferencing and summarizing. The students will be assigned chapters to read or listen to outside of class, along with completing work in an interactive reading journal (provided by the instructor). Class will be very interactive and include a variety of extension activities that will complement the novel reading.

Please note: This class is also being offered during Fall 2018.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd- 4th

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

Thursday

Farmer Boy Novel Study

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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A multidisciplinary novel study using the book Farmer Boy to explore life on the frontier in the late 1800's. The class will incorporate reading, writing, science, history, critical thinking skills and even mathematics! Students will learn about life on a farm in the late 1800's, the caring and keeping of farm animals, familial relationships then and now, and the different types of food and food preparation.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

Go Greek Lightning! - Session 2- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Greek Mythology - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

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 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.

Please note:  All the Go Greek Lightening classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just look at the novel that is being used, so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

Go Greek Lightning! Session 3 Percy Jackson: Greek Heroes - Spring 2019

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

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 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.

Please note:  All the Go Greek Lightening classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just look at the novel that is being used, so that you can make sure this is not a repeat class for your child.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Tuesday

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

Term: Fall 2018 and Winter 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Oct 09, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 20

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Price: $500.00

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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 author's 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.

Co-Teaching? What? How is this going to work?

Jonathan Meola, a film/writing major during college, and Eva Goldstein-Meola, an education/writing major during college, together are going to bring forth their own individual passion for each element of class.

Jonathan will introduce, discuss and analyze the movies with the students.
Eva will step in when it is time for explaining how to write the essays.

YOUR students will have the BEST of both worlds!

Movies to be viewed, discussed and analyzed:

Shane (1953)

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

The Quiet Man (1952)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

2001 Space Odyssey (1968)

Rear Window (1954)

Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola and Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 8th - 12th

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

Tuesday

Research Writing - IEW: In Ten Easy Classes

Term: Spring 2019     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Apr 02, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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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

  1. How to brainstorm potential research topics and subtopics
  2. How to locate and cite credible research sources
  3. How to write a spell-binding dramatic opening
  4. How to write a thesis
  5. How to write a final clincher
  6. How to write topic and clincher sentences for body paragraphs
  7. How to write a transitional bridge
  8. How to use stylistic techniques within their research paper
  9. How to avoid banned words
  10. How to write a bibliography/works cited using MLA format

and so much more

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th (advanced) - 9th

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

Thursday

Who? What? Where? - Part Three: Where? - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places!

We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey!

The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas.

Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

Who? What? Where? - Part Two: What? - Winter 2019

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

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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We are going to blast to the past and around the world as we learn about so many inspirational people, exciting events and enchanting places!

We will be reading a series of books which tell the incredible stories of famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. We will delve into the lives of important and famous historical figures. Together, we will tour exciting places and witness historic events around the world. Get ready to for a fascinating journey!

The class, Who? What? Where? exposes young readers to modern history and a world of ideas.

Please note:  All the Who? What? Where? classes are independent of one another.   You can take them in ANY order.  You can join at any time.  Please just read the syllabus to see what books are being covered in each section of the class.

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Thursday

"Wonder"ful Novel Study - Spring 2019

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

Class Begins: Apr 04, 2019

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $300.00

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This class will study the powerful novel, "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, and dig deeper into the overarching themes of kindness, tolerance of differences, family, courage and friendship.

This book is the story of a fifth-grade boy who was homeschooled due to having facial abnormalities. His parents decide to send him to a private Middle School where most of the students were not accepting of him. His struggles and ability to overcome them with the help of strong familial and friend relationships are highlighted throughout the story. This novel is an extremely thought-provoking book that encourages empathy in the readers. As author R.J. Palacio states, "Empathy is something that is very difficult to teach, but it's something that can be inspired in children." The goal of this class will be just that- to inspire the students to yearn for kindness in the world around them and understand it can start with them.

We will complete extension activities that help students make connections with the text in order to better comprehend the story, work with unfamiliar vocabulary, create a sequencing flow map, analyze figurative language, and complete guided writing prompts. Our discussions will be literature circle style (where each student has a role) to encourage participation by all. The class will culminate with a "Kindness Project".

The book should be read or listened to outside of class time. The students will be asked to keep a reading journal with their thoughts about each chapter and responses to teacher generated discussion questions.

Please note: This class will also be offered during Winter 2019 at a different day and time.

Instructor: Beth Roussakis

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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