Long Story Short: High School English With Classic Short Stories
This is a full high school English curriculum. Learners master critical thinking and academic skills through the study of classic literature, Socratic seminars, and essay writing. Teachers give feedback on student writing.
US Grade 9 - 12
High school English is anchored in literature because stories illustrate some aspect of the human condition. When students learn to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize ideas in literature, they learn to think in ways that prepare them for life and other areas of study. Literature's illustration of the human condition is the content that enables great essays and great conversation and great critical thinking. In this ongoing class, we focus on short stories. Why? Because short literature is...
The founder of Lemons-Aid, Mrs. Lemons has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Education Administration. She is certified to teach English, has a principal's license, and has many years of experience at every level. She also supervises teachers in their undergraduate and graduate-level teacher preparation programs at Colorado Christian University. She is a teacher of teachers. All teachers who teach this class have an appropriate degree, teaching experience, and training, giving your learner a teacher who is a content-area expert who loves kids. Mrs. Lemons is very selective and only hires the very best. They are star teachers!
Homework OfferedStudents have prep work before our first class, then they will complete 60-90 minutes of homework to prepare for the class discussion on the second day. They have essay-writing to complete at the end of the week.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedStudents are assessed based on their mastery of skills and concepts.
The instructor provides all materials. Students will use Google Docs & Drive.
***While we read many touching and sweet stories, others have mature themes, such as murder, violence, suicide, revenge, alcohol, death, prejudices, guilt, racism, betrayal, etc., and are intended for mature secondary students. For example, in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," the main character is a murderer getting revenge. He takes a drunken man down to a cellar and buries him alive. We discuss revenge, the potential for wickedness in men, the dangers of drunkenness, verbal irony, and how people can use deceptive language to manipulate others. I AVOID stories with sexual themes as well as modern stories. Many stories have religious allusions, and I sometimes point them out so that students understand the literary and cultural relevance of such. Discussion is focused on what the characters believe, what the author believes, and what beliefs were central to literary periods of time, such as the romantics or even the dark romantics. A particular religion or a belief system is neither favored nor advanced. The stories we do read are classics and most--if not all--were written a century ago or longer and are commonly read in high schools. They help students understand the world in which they live as they ponder deep questions that are as relevant now as they were then. Stories are written with a Lexile score between 700-1400. Parents are welcome to listen in to class or to watch the recording, which I automatically post. I encourage students to talk to their parents about the stories and the issues we discuss.***
Literature will be provided to students in class.
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$45weekly ($23 per class)
2x per week
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Completed by 79 learners
Live video meetings
4-15 learners per class