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Friday, July 2, 2010

Middle School Writing & Literature Online Class

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Class dates: Saturdays, September 11 to October 16, 2010
Total classes: 6 Starting time: 11:00 am, Eastern (10:00 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $80 for the entire 6-week course. Early Registration Discount of $10 off before August 1, 2010.
Instructor: Dayspring Brock
Prerequisite: Ability to read, understand, and enjoy Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th
Course description: In his lecture notes concerning his most profound work, "Huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain says that "a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience." One of the most beloved American novels written, this story of a young Odyssean wanderer discovers friendship and loyalty through the runaway slave, Jim, and discovers a profound lesson in trusting in the worth of a another human being over and against the societal prejudice of the time. Though the work can often be taught as a study on American racism, this course will mostly focus on themes of friendship, loyalty, and the value of the human heart. Students at this age enjoy the masterful plot of this story and will be thoroughly challenged through its reading and lectures. Vocabulary and grammar will be reading based and the paper written will cover a particular theme of the work. The first three lectures will cover the work and the final three lectures will concern the writing.
Course outline:
Class 1: Introduction to Huckleberry Finn and the American Novel (please have read Ch. 1-5 for the first class)
Class 2: (Ch. 6-20); Vocabulary due
Class 3: (Ch. 21-35)
Class 4: (Ch. 36-End); Character map due; Writing about a theme
Class 5: Lecture; Editing the rough draft
Class 6: Lecture; Final paper
Homework: Miss Brock will provide vocabulary, reading quizzes, essay assignment and instructions, and a Final Exam. Answer keys will be provided for parents to grade.
Course materials: We will use the Penguin Classic of Huckleberry Finn, Paperback: 368 pages, Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (Oct. 27, 2009), ISBN-10: 0143105949. You are free to use any edition, but for better ease of reading along with the teacher, the student would be best served if the page numbers correspond with the teacher’s edition.
Equipment requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Miss Brock will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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