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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

| $250.00


Tuesday, October 5 2021 @ 9:00AM EDT
Tuesday, December 14 2021 @ 10:30AM EDT
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Virtual (Jigsaw/Canvas)
+1 203 741 8570


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9:00AM - 10:30AM (ET)
Eva Goldstein-Meola
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[email protected]


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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.

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:

Story Elements

5.0 rating
January 22, 2021

I was worried my son would struggle with this class because he’s only taken Mrs. Eva’s Powerful Paragraph class; however, I was looking for more of a challenge for him before Middle School Writing. Perspectives definitely challenge my son, but he also learned the different elements in a story along the way. I have tried teaching him those concepts on my own, but Mrs. Eva does such a marvelous job and it resonates with her students. She genuinely cares that her students understand what she’s teaching. Wonderful class! You can’t go wrong with ANY class with OTA.

Mary Kay

Eva knows how to challenge students while still making learning fun!

5.0 rating
December 14, 2020

My daughter had taken every class that Eva has offered at her grade level for the past three years. I was skeptical at first because she had taken supplemental online classes while still attending public school and they felt very fluffy – a fun way to spend an hour or two a week, but not a lot of substance. Eva understands each individual child and what they are capable of and she challenges at them as such. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her classes despite the fact that she doesn’t think “technical” writing is fun. Eva has challenged her to write at a very high level without breaking her confidence.

B.C., Kentucky

Making Connections

5.0 rating
December 13, 2020

Perspectives was a engaged my daughter in a way I would never have been able to do on my own. Combining engaging short stories, discussion and reflective writing assignments, Eva was able to make the learning more meaningful and long-lasting. I highly recommend this class.

Nicole Barker

Perfect Combination of Literature & Writing

5.0 rating
December 12, 2020

M is really enjoying Perspectives this semester. I am happy that she is reading stories she normally wouldn’t choose to read. The activities that you do for each story keeps the class fun and interesting! I think it is a great combination of reading comprehension and writing done in a way that the students don’t realize that is what you are doing. Thanks for approaching this class, and these topics, so creatively 🙂

C.V., Virginia

Making Learning Fun!

5.0 rating
December 12, 2020

My son, B, enjoyed the creative assignments for this class. The different projects made learning about story elements engaging and memorable. I know he will carry these skills with him into his high school courses (with Eva of course!) and beyond. Thank you for making learning fun!

J.R., MA

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