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Secrets & Suspense in 3 Novels - Language Arts Course 13 & up (Semester Long)

Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein when she was 19, Charlotte Bronte hid her fantasy fiction & Jane Austen penned wicked letters. Read three classic Gothic stories and learn fascinating secrets about the women who wrote them.
Leeyanne Moore MFA
210 total reviews for this teacher
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over 13 weeks
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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
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Class Experience

Students will develop the following skills during the course of this class:
a) reading comprehension & retention 
b) civil class discussion and exchanges with peers
c) critical thinking--including the use of analytic argument 
d) shaping ideas for pithy reader's response papers. (1-2 pages) 
I hold an MFA in creative writing with a specialty in fiction and screenplay writing.  In 2019, I taught “Society & Its Monsters”—a class on Gothic horror--at Longwood University in Virginia. I've also taught rhetoric and composition at Hampden-Sydney College and Syracuse University.  My own writing focuses on speculative fiction that uses gothic and unsettling effects.  For over twenty-five years I've taught children and teens in Virginia and Massachusetts. In addition to all that, I currently teach fiction workshops called Gothic & Spooky on  
Each week students will have
- Reading assignments
- Fun & challenging reading questions to prepare for class. (The answers to these questions will be preparation for writing a short response essay about the book.)

At the end of the book students will turn in an essay response paper.  I focus on the use of analytic argument for class and welcome using these papers as a base to compare and contrast the book to almost anything relevant. If you *want* to write an essay on "Toxic Monsters in Frankenstein & The Vampire Diaries"—you can! As long as you use strong analytic argument to do so.
Students will be given links to the preferred editions of the three books listed above. All other content will be supplied by the teacher, or be located on the web.
I will assign a check or check plus system for the answers to reading questions each week.  Students will receive an overall grade for their responses to reading questions and 6 reading response papers.   
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This is a reading and discussion class in which I expect a high level of engagement from students. I will encourage their development of ideas and try to nudge them to go beyond opinion into creating strong, original argument backed up by coherent, logical thought.  Gothic literature in its day was full of scandal, but I don't think the content of these books will shock modern teens.  By now, almost everyone knows the horrors they contain: someone mad locked in the attic, irresponsible scientists and a tormented monster.  

CLASS POLICY: This class requires a high level of student engagement. Students must leave their cameras on at all times (if appropriate according to Outschool policy). Students must be willing to respond when called upon, making their best effort to engage with me, the class material, and their peers. 
I will provide links for students of the books required for the course. I will provide handouts on note taking skills and reading skills in class and we will practice them through the semester. 


Leeyanne Moore MFA
Lives in the United States
Fostering creative genius--one student at a time
210 total reviews
133 completed classes

About Me

Hello everybody! I have an MFA from Syracuse University where I was a University Fellow, and BA from Smith College where I won many prizes in fiction and playwriting. I'm a published fiction author with a background in analytic philosophy and have... 
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