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

In this ongoing class we will explore the deeper meanings of some of the finest essays of all time from authors ranging from Virginia Woolf to E.B. White through discussion and Spar debate. ESL friendly, CEFR level C1, C2 (Advanced).
Cindy Frank
481 total reviews for this teacher
27 reviews for this class
Completed by 136 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

*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. 
Students will be required to read the portions of the text we will be considering for the upcoming week.
All essays used for this course are available in One Hundred Great Essays by Robert DiYanni Used copies available from $29.14
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will receive written and verbal feedback from me throughout the sessions. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
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 are available in One Hundred Great Essays by Robert Diyanni


Cindy Frank
Lives in the United States
Former High School Literature and Art History Teacher, Speech and Debate Coach
481 total reviews
499 completed classes

About Me

Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
*Each session a full 55 minutes of teaching time
*Extensive and detailed comments on all homework assignments
*All classes are ESL friendly, CEFR... 
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