Sure, you can do literature at home. But you know what makes it even better?
With a real teacher.
With real classmates.
With real interaction.
With real learning.
The last few years online learning has gotten a bad rep.
But virtual learning can not only be done well, but extremely successfully!
Along with over a decade of teaching experience, I have had extensive training as an online teacher. This means students get an interactive, challenging, and engaging class experience. More than just looking at a screen and completing assignments, we will be taking advantage of as much technology as we can in each class. We will be using programs like Canva, Prezi, Google, Padlet, and more. But have no fear. Students will be given plenty of opportunity to create with their hands with each unit’s creative project and other flexible projects. Group projects, and getting to interact with teachers and other students in our live classes make us different from other online formats. You can learn a bit more about me, and my classes from the video below!
Dystopian & Post Apocalyptic
Though the popularity of such series like The Hunger Games have brought Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic literature to the forefront of many young adult readers’ bookshelves, it’s been around for decades. In this full-year class we will be reading 3 Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic novels:
- 1984 George Orwell
- Brave New World Aldous Huxley
- The Lottery Shirley Jackson
- A Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic story of choice
Each unit will include a formal writing assignment, presentation, summative assessment, and artistic assignment. Rubrics will be provided.
While students are reading their choice of dystopian/apocalyptic book, we will be learning about identity and creating a character. They’ll be using this knowledge to round out our year and write their own version of a Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic story. We will be using a variety of story-writing methods and plans. For final submission, students will have the option to submit their final assignment as a screenplay, short story, graphic novel, or other pre-approved medium.
The Challenge: Through out the school year, students will receive a “check point” card. As they complete assignments they will earn points (AKA their grade). Completed check point cards for each unit have their own reward. At the end of the school year we will be playing a game that is a blend of Oregon Trail, Life, and Jeopardy. Students will be able to “cash in” their points to avoid doom, purchase supplies, and more. The student with the over-all most points will also receive a prize!
Austen & Brontë
Austen & Brontë will take a deep dive into three of the most famous female authors of all time- Jane Austen, Emily Bronte & Charlotte Bronte. This course is a full-year class.
The first half of the full-year will be a study of Jane Austen, and her works Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice. The second half of the year (Spring Semester) we will be reading Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
In Jane Austen & Bronte we will be assessing character development, cultural norms, the effects these literary works had in their time, as well as what we can take away from them as modern readers. Each unit will include a formal writing assignment, presentation, summative assessment, and artistic assignment.
The Challenge: Through out the school year, students will receive a “Dance Card.” As they complete assignments they will fill in their dance card and earn points (AKA their grade). Completed dance cards for each unit have their own reward. At the end of the school year we will be playing a game where students will be able to “cash in” their points to avoid scandal, purchase accessories, and more. The student with the over-all most points will also receive a prize!
Before the likes of Tennyson, Austen, Doyle, and Christie, there existed warrior epics of Old English, the Norman Conquest, Middle English, Robin Hood, and Chaucer. Of course we would be remiss if we didn’t throw in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a few riddles, and more. This Anglo-Saxon & British Literature class explores the world before….well, much of anything.
We will touch on linguistics of the English language, a bit of history (seriously, DID the Norman Conquest happen?), the impact of the Church, as well as read and assess a multitude of Anglo-Saxon & Medieval British writings. Capping off the year we will be writing our own choice of epic or tale.
If you are ready for adventure, a bit of mischief, and an epic time, this class is for you.
The Challenge: Students in this class will be divided into “Clans” as their teams for the year. Through out the school year, students will receive “armory” cards. As they complete assignments they will earn points (AKA their grade). Completed armory cards for each unit have their own reward. At the end of the school year, they should have collected the full Armor of God. We will then have our own version of “Clash of Clans” to culminate our school year. Students will be able to “cash in” their points to receive advantages, purchase clues, and more. The student with the over-all most points will also receive a prize!