Category Archives: Language Arts

June 10th, 2020 by 
Protest Songs through History: A Reading, Writing, and Listening Project If music is the pulse of a generation, then the times our have been racing are captured in protest songs. We can learn so much not only about the events that inspired these emotional, passionate displays but also about how music offers a platform for people who feel otherwise unheard. This class uses Dorian Lynskey’s book 33 Revolutions per Minute to explore 12  protest songs ranging from 1939-2008. Learners will explore pieces like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and Green …
June 8th, 2020 by 
High School Writing with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers (No Live Meetings) This is an asynchronous class. That means there are no live meetings. Students will receive assignments each week that are due by the start of the following week. They will receive individual feedback and interact with one another through discussion boards. Class content consists of reading assignments, reading guides, video instruction, quizzes, short writing prompts, and four multi-draft essays. Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book Outliers explores the American mythology surrounding success. Gladwell uses a series of engaging stories to carefully tear apart some mainstream assumptions about what it means to be successful. We …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Writing from Different Viewpoints: Ethics and the Future Want to be able to debate like a pro? It starts with being able to fully explain different viewpoints, and that starts with truly digging in and understanding people who disagree with you. In classical rhetoric, a tool to practice this incredibly important skill is the dissoi logoi. (Read more about by clicking here to see a link on ThoughtCo.). Basically, the dissoi logoi presents two (or more) sides of a specific issue from the voice of a single speaker, demonstrating with style and clarity how the perspectives inform one another. The writer — of course — likely has …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Writing from Different Viewpoints: Ethics and the Family Want to be able to debate like a pro? It starts with being able to fully explain different viewpoints, and that starts with truly digging in and understanding people who disagree with you. In classical rhetoric, a tool to practice this incredibly important skill is the dissoi logoi. (Read more about by clicking here to see a link on ThoughtCo.). Basically, the dissoi logoi presents two (or more) sides of a specific issue from the voice of a single speaker, demonstrating with style and clarity how the perspectives inform one another. The writer — of course — likely has …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Reboots and Retellings for High School We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold.  List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Wicked / Wizard of Oz, Circe, Song of Achilles, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Transformers, I Am Legend. Taught by Sabrina Weiss …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Reboots and Retellings (for Middle School) We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold.  List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Star Wars, Transformers, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jungle Book, Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Taught by Sabrina …