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Perspectives: A Journey into Short Stories for Middle School Students – Combining IEW Writing with Literature – Session Two – Grades 6 – 9 – Winter 2022 – 10 Weeks

Tuesday, January 11 2022 @ 9:00AM - Tuesday, March 15 2022 @ 10:30AM EST

| $250.00


Tuesday, January 11 2022 @ 9:00AM EST
Tuesday, March 15 2022 @ 10:30AM EST
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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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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. Please refer to the syllabus for the list of short stories.

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

“The Ransom of Red Chief” by O.Henry

“The Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan

“Mother and Daughter” by Gary Soto

“The Mustache” by Robert Cormier

“All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury


Registration deadline is December 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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