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Joyce Maglothin

email: joyce.maglothin@prepclasses.org

Bonjour tout le monde!  I happily join the PREP family this year with 37 years of teaching experience behind me.  A 26-year veteran of public education, I have also taught in private schools, most recently at the Woodlands Preparatory Academy, the Andrew Rodman School, and the Esprit International School, all located in The Woodlands, TX.  I studied at Pacific Lutheran University in Spanaway, WA but graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in French Language and Literature and a teaching minor in World Geography.  I am also certified to teach English and have taught all high school levels over the years, with an emphasis on senior level British Literature, a particular favorite. 

In the classroom, I delight in seeing students learn and, hopefully enjoy doing so. That is not to say that work is not expected – I maintain high standards.  I desire for those students wishing to continue on to a college or university to leave my class prepared to do well, not only academically, but also to shine with integrity and joy.

An avid dancer – West Coast Swing, anyone? - a mother of a now retired airman and the grandmother of three beautiful granddaughters, I travel as much as possible.  Past forays include trips down both the Seine River in France and the Danube in eastern Europe, a week in Baie-St. Paul in Quebec, and a trip down the Rhine through the Netherlands, France, and Germany.  I look forward to my next adventure!

Teacher's Classes

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 this minimum number.

Maximum Class Size:  18

American Literature is a college-preparatory literature course. The works we read in this course, including novels, short stories, and poems, have been selected for literary quality and for their place in the historical development of literature. Students will gain an understanding of the development of American literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through essays and discussion. We will examine the worldviews of both the authors and their times and how this shaped their writing.

This course will cover a large section of American literature beginning with the colonial times to the present.  We will read authors such as Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, Poe, and Bradbury.  Time permitting, Steinbeck, Dickinson, and Edwards may join the party. ???? Students will read closely, think carefully, critically & analytically, and discuss thoroughly. This prepares them to write persuasively.

And part of any writing program of necessity includes nods to grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, especially SAT vocabulary.

Our writing focus will be on literary analysis which will be done through short essays and a full research paper. Comprehension will be tested through short quizzes each week as well as unit and semester finals.  

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 do set high standards but work to provide students the tools necessary to succeed.

**Students wishing to take this course without prior completion of Classic and World Literature MUST have teacher approval.

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

A complete list of novels and texts TBD

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 the 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 paper checks, I prefer automated checks via your bank each month. 

One Time Registration/Supply Fee: $65. This holds your spot in the class. No refunds after August 1. Parents supply all novels and supplemental texts.

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

       


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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.


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Prerequisite: This class assumes that students, 10th grade and up, can write a basic short essay and handle the challenge of more rigorous weekly reading assignments. If not, I recommend beginning with Classic Lit (see course sequence below).

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

World Literature will challenge your students as they read broadly and write carefully. From Homer to  Kipling and much more, this class will prepare your students for upper-level reading and writing, including college level papers and SAT writing and vocabulary.

We will span the globe as we read works from around the world. Our texts will be comprised of poetry, short stories, essays as well as full-length novels. Shakespeare, Eli Wiesel, and Sandra Cisneros are among the authors we read. Writing a research paper is the focus of this year’s writing. We will lay a solid foundation of how to organize information, how to structure the paper, and how to present it using MLA style. Additionally, students will be doing response writing, formal essays, and creative writing. Students should expect weekly quizzes as well as unit tests.

As part of any literature and/or writing program, students will improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary usage, especially SAT level vocabulary.

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.

**Students wishing to enroll in this course without having completed Classic Literature MUST have teacher approval.

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

A complete list of novels and texts TBD

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 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.


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