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Thursday

Banned and Burned: Banned Worthy Books - Winter 2020

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Thursday

Greek Tragedies Drama … Ancient Style - Spring 2020

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

Class Begins: Apr 24, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

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

Wednesday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Wednesday

Ten Days to Research Writing - Spring 2020

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

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

Students will learn about

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

and so much more.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 10th

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

Wednesday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

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

Tuesday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 21, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Tuesday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 14, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 2nd - 5th

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

Wednesday

Strong Males: Coming of Age - Winter 2020

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

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

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

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

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

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

Thursday

Beyond Reading Boot Camp - Spring 2020

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

Class Begins: Apr 24, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 20, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

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

Monday

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

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

Class Begins: Jan 13, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

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

No one expected her to survive.

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 6th - 9th

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

Thursday

Reading Boot Camp - Winter 2020

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

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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Do you desire to become a stronger reader?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 7th

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

Wednesday

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

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

Class Begins: Apr 22, 2020

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

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Price: $250.00

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

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

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 7th

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