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Spar Lit Sr.: Understanding Great Essays Through Speech and Debate Techniques

Cindy Frank
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(587)
In this ongoing class we will explore the deeper meanings of some of the finest essays of all time from V. Woolf to E.B. White through discussion and Spar debate. No book purchase necessary. ESL friendly, CEFR level C1, C2 (Advanced).

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Advanced Level
*To gain confidence in speaking and organization 
*Understand all the basic ideas of debate and rhetoric
*Gain deeper understanding of literature through debate
* To communicate effectively through speaking, thinking adroitly and responding fluently
* Improve memory retention and organizational skills
* Gain confidence and poise in oral presentation
* Expand vocabulary and word usage
*To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of literature and the essay format
Longtime teacher of literature for both middle and high school students. Founder and former coach of an award-winning Speech and Debate team that competed at local, state and national levels, long-time speech judge for local, regional, national speech events for NCFL and National Speech and Debate Association, former teacher of high school debate and rhetoric, art history, literature, and AP Language and Composition. 
Homework Offered
Students will be required to read the portions of the text we will be considering for the upcoming week.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will receive written and verbal feedback from me throughout the sessions.
Grades Offered
All essays for this class will be posted each week on the classroom page for learners. There is no book purchase necessary for this class.  
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The superb essays we will be studying in this class are chosen for mature students who love  and can truly engage with great writing.   The essays we will discuss and debate deal with topics that include topics such as the purpose and validity of science, interpersonal relations, the goals and frustrations of the writer, class issues. Some essays, such as Once More to the Lake,  Souls on Ice, and The Death of the Moth, engage with ideas about mortality, but none of the essays considered in this class are of a graphic and violent nature. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.
All essays for this course will be posted on the classroom page each week. The essays are taken from  One Hundred Great Essays by Robert Diyanni (This book is NOT necessary for this class). 
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(587)
Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
* All classes taught, written, and created by me for my learners
*Each session a full 55 minutes of... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Completed by 174 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-6 learners per class

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