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  • American Literature



    This course is full

    Age: high school

    Time: Mon 2pm Central

    Start date Sep. 8
    End Date: Dec 1st
    1 semester course

    Read. Think. Write. Repeat—only instead of just listening to lectures and whipping up a five-paragraph response, have the chance to engage with texts and pursue your own ideas.

    It’s true that fifteen years from now you might not remember the finer
    details of ‘Catcher in the Rye’, but it’s also true that skills integral to
    success, such as written/verbal communication, critical thinking,
    thoughtful analysis and reading between the lines, are primarily taught in English class. This 13-week long course examines texts from the American literary canon with the goal of building these skills through seminar-style discussions and writing assignments that culminate in a final,
    individually-directed thesis paper.

    Weekly reading assignments (the text, approximately 20-70 pages, and
    supplementary materials such as scholarly criticism, cultural background, discussion questions, etc) will be accompanied by ‘reflections’ (writing assignments that encourage the student to generate initial critical thoughts towards the text), in-class discussions, and responses (writing assignments that encourage more structured analyses and written arguments about the text). Because the onus is on the student to make the most of
    this class (including coming to the live class prepared to shape and
    contribute to the discussion), this course is recommended for older high school students, although younger students may have the option to audit. We ask that students’ writing be at the level where they are already able to construct an argument about a text and support it with quotes. If there are
    any questions about the fit of the class, please send me a sample of
    writing (teacher.grace.hong@gmail.com) and I would be happy to give you

  • High School Literature



    This class is full.

    Age: high school

    Time: Mon 9am Central

    Start date Sep 8
    Full school year course

    Some of the novels that we will discuss are ...
    Pride and Prejudice
    Billy Budd the Sailor
    Les Miserable
    The Scarlett Letter
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Great Expectations
    Crime and Punishment

  • British Literature



    This class is now full

    Age: 10th to 12th grade

    Time: Tue 12 to 1 p.m. Central

    Start Date: September 9th

    Required Materials:

    Beowulf A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

    Pride and Prejudice
    by Jane Austen

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    by Simon Armitage

    Great Expectations
    by Charles Dickens

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
    by Rachel Joyce

    The Screwtape Letters
    by C.S. Lewis

    Putting it in Writing (Scholastic Guide)
    by Steve Otfinoski

    Dictionary and thesaurus

    This British Literature course will be utilizing various classics, not just for the sake of discovering the classics themselves, but as a moral backdrop for exploring the human condition. Journeying with our characters will allow us to see through their eyes - the importance of making wise decisions in a world that can be unfair and/or unjust. Literature terms and methods will be explored. Reading, writing, discussions and group projects will be assigned.

  • The Elegant Essay



    This class is full

    Age: high school

    Time: TH 11am Central

    Start date; TBA

    Required text:

    The Elegant Essaywalks students through the entire essay-building process.

  • IEW History-Based Writing

    U.S. History: Explorers-Gold Rush (vol. 1)



    This class is full

    Age: 6th to 8th grade

    Time: Friday, 8am Central

    Start date TBA

    Some experience with IEW's writing methods

    Required Materials:
    We are checking to see if we can just have families get the student text and not need the teaching one Give us a day or two to check on it. If the text is needed, it is $49.00 for the teacher ed. plus 1 student text. If just the student text is needed, $29.00. Click this link to learn more.

    Coming soon. Until then, browse on the webpage linked above under required materials.



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    Contact me
    if you have any questions
    Maggie Jackson - maggzmail@gmail.com

    Course FAQs (coming soon)

    All ages

    Days: Tuesdays
    Session times: 11 a.m. Central
    Start Date: Sep. 2
    one semester course. Last day will be Nov 25


    Are you ready to throw out all the rules and try something new? Together
    we will explore the unusual, the mysterious, and the unbelievable.
    However, we will also dive deep into the normal, everyday, and the dull.
    Poetry provides writers an outlet to express thoughts in unconventional
    ways. This year’s class will focus on the creative side of writing. We
    will learn about different forms of poetry, create and share our poems, use
    writing prompts, explore poetry sites, and learn about the poets of the
    past and present. This class will include a few projects, but grading will
    primarily be based on participation.




    This class is full

    Contact me:
    Elizabeth Sinclair

    Course FAQs (coming soon)

    The age group differs on your reading level and comprehension. If you are
    not high school aged, but can read classical books, comprehend them, and
    have fun, then by all means join. It's a fun educational book club, not a class.

    Days: Mondays
    Session times:
    10 am Central
    Start date: Sept. 8th
    End date: May 18th


    This year, our focus will be myths, legends, and fairy tales from around
    the world. Unlike today's modernized version of fairy tales and myths,
    most of the old stories were teaching tools; many of which had darker
    twists. Some of the tales will be from Norse, Greek, and Romans mythology.
    Others will stem from Asia, Russia, and parts of Europe, as well as myths
    from the Americas.
  • Summer Book Club
    The summer book club is organized and run by students.
    This Class is now full.
    Start date: May 16
    Meeting day and time: Saturdays at 2pm CST

    This class has *technically* already started, but if you would still like to enroll, please contact one of the teachers for the course key. Emails are provided below, but the VHSG messaging system is another option.

    Dillon Withers
    ( dillonmwithers@gmail.com )
    Ryan S.
    ( ryans465@yahoo.com )
    Hannah Barry
    ( themysteriouscatofdoom@yahoo.com )

    Welcome, nerds and geeks alike!
    The Doomed Readers' Guild Without A Cool Acronym (hereafter TDRGWACA), taught by the awesome and epic Dillon Withers (aka Squid), Ryan (aka Melkor), and Hannah Barry (aka The Mysterious Cat Of Doom), is a book club, intended more or less for modern books.
    We will be voting on what to read a few weeks in, once we've finished the books that WE ABSOLUTELY MUST READ *THUNDER*, so scribble down a list of your favourite books (just make sure you can read your own handwriting)!
    TDRGWACA is generally targeted toward 10 - 1000, but anyone older or younger who feels they can handle it is welcome to attend! The pace is about 200 pages a week -- or 40 pages per day, not counting the day we meet or Sunday -- but that's just kind of a guesstimation number and we can always adjust. (I know, I know, I know -- that's a lot. But with thanks to Google for average teen reading rates, average word count per page, and a squick of calculating, it's about an hour of reading a day, Sunday and Saturday aside. Just a heads-up.)
    We will have a set list of books we definitely want to read, and will vote on the rest later in the school year. Suggestions for the set list are always welcome. The following is still in progress and is subject to change, at least until the course starts:
    - How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (The books came first, THEN the movie. We're only reading book 1 in this course.)
    - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    - The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (See afterthought for How To Train Your Dragon)
    - The Ruins of Gorlan (Book 1 in The Ranger's Apprentice) by John A. Flanagan
    - Wee Free Men by (*mournful sniffle*) Sir Terry Prachett
    - The Giver by Lois Lowry
    - A Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
    - Magyk by Angie Sage
    - Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
    - Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
    - Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley

    That is all.