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Weekly Writing Practice - Become a Master of Essay Writing


Beyond Cthulhu: Lovecraftian Lore and Descriptive Writing

In this 3-week online class, students will explore three short stories by descriptive-writing master H.P. Lovecraft, creator of Cthulhu, and then brainstorm ideas for writing original descriptive essays.
Jennifer Smith (she/her)
109 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 3 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Students will improve their understanding of descriptive writing techniques used by authors and will also improve their descriptive writing skills.
I am a seasoned reader of Gothic Literature and have been reading Lovecraft for years. I am also the writer of the book Mountains and Melancholy. I am a certified teacher with a degree in elementary education, but I have spent the last 15-20 years homeschooling my children. During their high school years, my passion for Gothic Literature was allowed to flourish. I have taught literature classes at local homeschool co-ops and have also led literature and poetry workshops for adults. I am passionate about sharing my love of stories and writing techniques with others, and I use my enthusiasm and love for the darker side of the literary world to ignite the flame of excitement in students who might otherwise have their candles extinguished.
Students may need to work on their essays outside of class.
Pen or pencil
Notebook or notebook paper in a 3-prong folder
I will be reading the Lovecraft stories to students and they will be taking notes; however, if you would like to obtain your own copies of the stories for your child, they are contained in this book: The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft Dreams of Terror and Death. You can find this book on Amazon for as little as $5.50 (shipping included.)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Progress is assessed through class participation and essay writing.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
There are scenes of horror in Lovecraft's writing. Lovecraft's racism will be mentioned when we discuss his biography in Week 1. The horror scenes are fictional and much is left to the imagination. If your child is a fan of Edgar Allan Poe or science fiction literature and films, this class should be a good fit. If you have a child that is sensitive to descriptions of frightful scenes, this class might not be a good fit. As for Lovecraft's racism, the stories we're reading contain none of this. We will, however, discuss this part of his personal character in the first class. I don't feel we should study his work while glossing over this known fact. I will handle this topic by allowing students to express their opinions on whether or not they feel we can enjoy the work of an author, yet strongly dislike who he/she is as a person. If the discussion veers off into a broader discussion of racism, I will keep it brief and in the confines of respect for others. If parents would like to contact me to ask more questions, I would be happy to answer them.


Jennifer Smith (she/her)"The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting." - Plutarch
109 total reviews
153 completed classes

About Me

I teach Literature, Writing, Poetry, Mythology, Folklore, History, and Philosophy classes for Middle and High School. I also teach a wide range of classes for elementary-aged students and preschoolers.

I have a degree in Elementary Education; I... 
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