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  • The Persuasive Side of Literary Analysis (Grades 8-12)

Subject: Classic Literature - Great Books

Description: Think with us as we read, discuss, and write about classic literature! This two-semester webinar-style class is designed to introduce students to the basics of literary analysis while learning to construct a five-paragraph persuasive essay. Preliminary concepts will be modeled using familiar fairy tales and stories before diving into works of classic literature to be determined by the class.

Instruction includes: Socratic-style discussion, annotation and comprehension skills, dialectical journaling, vocabulary, persuasive essay writing (useful for SAT and ACT preparation), and more.

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Class Time: Thursdays at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). First semester begins: September 4, 2014 and ends November 20, 2014. Second semester begins January 8, 2015 and ends March 26, 2015. (Schedule is subject to minor adjustment.)

Materials List: College-ruled composition book; pens, pencils, markers for note taking; all other materials will be provided. The class will determine our reading list once the course gets underway.

Online requirements: updated web browser (Firefox, Chrome); USB headset with microphone (mandatory); high capacity broadband/cable internet connection; updated version of Flash Player; updated word processing program (MS Word or Pages); document backup (Dropbox).

Literary Analysis - 1 semester

Cost: $240 for 12 weeks of instruction per semester. Due date for first semester payment: September 2, 2014. Due date for second semester payment: January 5, 2015. Register by sending payment through PayPal to: gail@timelineofclassics.com OR register through the PayPal button shown above. Registration fee is non-refundable.

Feel free to contact me with questions!

Gail Ledbetter
IEW Certified Instructor, Author, Exhibitor
Institute for Excellence in Writing
(336) 402-0030


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