LitWits English course for teens: FOUNDATIONS - Spring 2021

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Foundations is our semester-length writing and literature course for teens.

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Foundations is our semester-length writing and literature course for teens ages 13+. It's is a-g approved for grades 9-10, and meets California language arts standards, including essay writing.

Foundations is a rich, comprehensive English course that teaches essential lessons through in-depth studies of literature, supplemented by music, film and art. It will broaden your student's horizons and prepare him or her for college—and for life! At the end of the semester, you'll get a list of the standards met.

In this course, students will:

  • study significant narratives and poetry in depth
  • analyze different expressions of similar ideas, e.g. through music, film, and art
  • engage with important ideas to understand the impact of history
  • gain essential composition skills every week
  • write 3 full-length essays every semester, practicing writing as a process

The reading list and course schedule for Foundations is at the bottom of this page and on our website.

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Spring Dates: Jan 25 through May 10 (14 weeks total). Deadline to register is January 24th.

Location: For the foreseeable future, all our courses will be taught only online.

Hours: 9am – 11am (PST); after-class tutoring option is by arrangement.

Instructor: We couldn’t ask for a more qualified, enthusiastic, teen-savvy teacher for your kids than our wonderful Mrs. C.! Lisa Craddock holds BAs in Literature and Theatre, and a Master of Humanities in Film Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric (the art of speaking and writing effectively). She has taught classes in literature, composition, and film for the University of Colorado, and her scholarship, essays, poetry, and plays have appeared in a variety of literary and academic venues. Lisa has led many educational events for the homeschool community, helping young readers understand themselves and the world through “living books.” We’re so proud to have her on our team! We know she’ll help your teens grasp great big ideas and gain skills they’ll never forget.

Cost: Each 14-week course is $390. LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School..

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the first day of class, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund; there are no refunds within 30 days. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.

Here's our calendar of all LitWits workshops, classes, camps, and courses through 2020.

SPRING 2021 COURSE SCHEDULE

SEMESTER INTRO: The Power of a Story

Week 15 (class meets Jan 25): Two Persian Princesses; Scheherazade

Week 16 (class meets Feb 1): Two Persian Princesses; the biblical story of Esther

UNIT FOUR: Differences and Destinies

Week 17 – class meets Feb 8: Introduction to Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

(No class Feb 15 – President’s Day)

Friday, Feb 19 for those not doing Romeo and Juliet: special class Zoom on Hamlet (2006)

Week 18 – class meets Feb 22: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Week 19 – class meets Mar 1: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck or The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Week 20 – class meets Mar 8

Week 21 – class meets Mar 15: Snow Falling in Spring by Moying Li

Week 22 – class meets Mar 22

(No class Mar. 29 – Ocean Grove Spring Break)

UNIT FIVE: Knowing, Understanding, Being & Becoming

Week 23 – class meets Apr 5: Facing Your Giants project -- the story of David and Goliath (7th century BC)

Week 24 – class meets Apr 12: “Facing Your Giants” project, continued -- The Breadwinner

Week 25 – class meets Apr 19: “Facing Your Giants” project, continued -- Hoosiers (1986)

UNIT SIX: Journeys of Transformation

Week 26 – class meets Apr 26: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Week 27 – class meets May 3: The Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)

Week 28 – class meets May 10

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