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Short Stories for Teens: Thinking and Exploring Literature

World Literature through Short Stories

Heather DeGeorge, MAT, PMP
Average rating:4.5Number of reviews:(237)
Explore and discuss literature of modern, critically-acclaimed writers from all over the world, including many Nobel laureates.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Students will improve their active reading skills, ability to analyze literature, recognize some key literary techniques and engage in respectful discourse using evidence to support claims.

Students engaged in the research component will improve their ability to participate in research projects by gaining skills that will extend to research projects beyond literature.
In addition to being formally trained in Shared Inquiry at Great Books Foundation and facilitating Great Books courses for teens before now, I have also taught most of my courses through Socratic discussion and "facilitated journey" or "coaching" style--which leads the students to learning rather than vomiting the information onto them and hoping they remember.  I have a keen interest in developing critical and analytical thinking skills in students; and ensuring they are capable of building connections with others through respectful discourse.  That means they learn to challenge others opinions in a constructive (rather than destructive) manner.
Homework Offered
All students will have reading to do each week and usually a graphic organizer to facilitate understanding of the literary lens accompanying the current piece(s). There may be a supplemental reading or video available to help clarify and cement those concepts for students. This will take approximately 45 mins to 1 hour/week for most students. Students opting to participate in the research skills portion of the course will have an additional assignment each week that teaches and/or exercises their research skills. This will take approximately 1 to 2 hours/week for most students (depending on the type of work assigned for that week)
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Parents can be given a paragraph evaluation of student work and participation upon request. Numerical grades are possible for students that submit all assignments. Emphasis is placed on student improvement and development.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students should have a notebook or lined paper available for notes during class session. All other materials (if any) will be provided. These include extras to help with vocabulary, etc. that parents can use as desired/needed.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Themes and topics are more mature and sensitive in this text, which is directed towards teens in families that embrace open communication around coming-of-age challenges and varied cultural experiences.  Conversation will be encouraged to focus on the broader cultural differences and similarities.
There are supplemental materials available at no charge through free (no credit card required to be entered) student accounts on through the instructor's paid teaching account or other online sources depending on the semester.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.5Number of reviews:(237)
Hello!  Everything I teach is driven with the goal of making students THINK rather than memorize and repeat.  My own ability to navigate the changes of life successfully have everything to do with having critical thinking and analytical skills.  I... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Average rating:4.5Number of reviews:(4)
Completed by 26 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 14-18
5-12 learners per class

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