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Class Info

Classic Literature and Composition (NW)

Class Year:  2022-2023
Time:  Mon 08:00 am - 10:00 am;
Teacher:  Joyce Maglothin
Tuition:  $700 / Year or $70 / Month for 10 Months
Supply Fee:  $65 / Year - Due Upon Registration (Non-Refundable after August 1)
Location:  Northwest (Cypress)

Minimum Student Requirement for course to make: 6  This is a discussion-based course, and I find that students get the most out of the course with at least 6 in the class.

Maximum Class Size:  18

Beginning with grammar and vocabulary, this class offers high school students a chance to dig deeper into writing and literature. We will begin to analyze the literature we read through class discussions, guided learning, and response writing. We will have opportunities to write persuasively, analytically, and creatively. This class is a great steppingstone towards the challenge of upper-level high school and college writing and literature. Each student will gain critical skills that will serve them well.

We will learn elements of literary analysis by studying a selection of short stories, poems, plays, and full-length novels. Harper Lee, Shakespeare, and Poe are among the classic authors we will read throughout the year.

Expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests over the work as a whole. After applying the skills of careful reading, students will be challenged to participate in class discussions.

My goal is for students to be excited about seeing literature come to life, sharing their words through writing, and broadening their world view. I set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed. This course is intended as a pre-requisite to World and American Literature. Classic Lit is foundational for students who do not have a background in high-school level reading or writing.  Although all high schoolers are welcome, this course is geared toward ninth grade students.

As I am always tweaking curriculum to bring the best possible learning experience to class, a complete list of novels and texts are TBD and will be communicated during the summer. Students can expect to read novels such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Animal Farm, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Christmas Carol, and various short stories. Our writing curriculum goes back to the basics to ensure students end the year with the ability to craft fully developed, multi-paragraphed essays that demonstrate analytical, persuasive, and creative writing skills.

**Upon successful completion of this course, parents may choose to award 1 High School Honors English credit.

How this class fits into the sequence of PREP High School Literature:

9th grade (& up)– Classic Literature. This course covers the basics of writing, including how to gather information, outline thoughts, and write with style. Students will begin learning analysis in their reading through various works of short stories, full length novel, plays and poetry.

10th grade (& up)– World Literature. This course continues to build on the writing skills and expand the depth at which we look at literature. Students will dig deeper into literary analysis through short stories, novels, plays, and poetry from around the world. Students will write a research paper in this class.

11th grade (& up) – American Literature.   This course will cover a large scope of American literature from Colonial times to now. This course is faster paced. Students will become proficient in analyzing the works that are read which will include a mixture of novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. The writing focus is on literary analysis.

Tuition: $700/year OR $100/month for 7 months (September - March). Tuition received after the 15th of each month will incur a late fee of $20.  If you wish to make one payment for the entire year the reduced price is $665, which must be received by September 1.  Although I do accept cash and checks, I prefer automated checks via your bank each month.

One Time Supply Fee: $65.  This holds your spot in the class. No supply fee refunds after August 1. Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts which must be unmarked, specific editions.

Withdrawal Fee: Three months’ tuition after 9/15/2022.