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Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students – Combining IEW Writing with Literature – Session One – Grades 6 – 9 – Fall 2021 – 10 Weeks

Tuesday, October 5 2021 @ 9:00AM Tuesday, December 14 2021 @ 10:30AM EDT


Eva Goldstein-Meola

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6 – 9

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9:00AM – 10:30AM (ET)


Fall 2021


Tuesday, October 5 2021 @ 9:00AM EDT
Tuesday, December 14 2021 @ 10:30AM EDT
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Perspectives – Session One
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12 people are attending Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students – Combining IEW Writing with Literature – Session One – Grades 6 – 9 – Fall 2021 – 10 Weeks

In literature, characters become our friends.  We can sympathize or celebrate with them.  We feel their joys, sorrows and pain.  In 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.

This semester we will be focusing on the following short stories:

  • “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto
  • “Scholarship Jacket” by Marta Salinas
  • “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant
  • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  • “The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry

Homework is approximately two and a half hours per week (30 minutes per school day).


Registration deadline is September 15, 2021.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

Recent Reviews:

Another FABULOUS class!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 10, 2021

My daughter has taken several writing classes with Eva and this one by far has been her favorite! I think it’s important that she took the others first: Into to IEW, Powerful Paragraph, Middle School Writing first so she had the foundation to continue building on, and the addition of the creative writing component wasn’t overwhelming. The creative writing writing component is what really made this class so enjoyable. I also appreciate Eva’s commitment to holding the kids accountable for their standard of work. Even through online learning she is able to get to know the kids individually, make them all feel valued in the classroom and spark enthusiasm for class participation.

Liz Stogran

Engaging Class with fun assignments

Rated 5 out of 5
April 8, 2021

My son has taken several writing classes with Miss Eva. She has helped my son to build a solid foundation in writing. The Perspective Classes were a natural succession and opportunity to apply what he had learned to a short story format. Miss Eva always kept my son engaged, which given the 6:00 am start time for us on the West Coast, was not always an easy task. My son greatly enjoyed the variety of assignments and I appreciated the added instruction in story elements and figurative language. Thank you Miss Eva for another wonderful experience!!

Stacie Roeder

Great class, amazing teacher

Rated 5 out of 5
April 8, 2021

This was C.’s first writing class with OTA, and he cannot wait to take many more.
Ms. Eva is not only an amazing instructor: engaging, committed, caring, and extremely knowledgeable. She also went above and beyond in helping C. get caught up in how OTA’s writing process works.
The writing process is brilliant and makes even the most reluctant writer enjoy writing.
Thank you for this course!

Michele Hoff

Thank you! You went above and beyond!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 1, 2021

I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” for all the work you did with C, this spring, in your Perspectives class.
He so very much enjoyed the class and learned so much from you, the content, and the other students.
Where I wanted to give my most sincere appreciation though was for the extra time you took with him on those Zoom calls to get him up to speed with the writing techniques required for the course. This was above and beyond.

M.H., Virginia

Eva really knows how to engage kids in writing!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 22, 2021

E (13) just finished her third year of writing with Mrs. Eva. She has always enjoyed writing, but Eva has taken her to the next level and beyond! Perspectives was a great second year middle school writing choice, and E loved the creative writing assignments! Creative writing is her true passion! This year E transitioned from asking me to proofread her assignments to doing 100% of the editing herself. She told me that her grades have been better without my help LOL, which is a true testament to how adept Eva has helped her become. We are looking forward to All About Essays next school year.


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