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Fall Classes TIMES and LOCATIONS

Two writing classes are offered for Fall 2011. Each 12-week course is desgined to improve your student’s academic writing skills.

Writing 2.0, High School Essay Writing (This class is now full. For information about being placed on the waiting list, please use the contact button above.)

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – noon

August 25-December 1

(no class October 6 or October 20th)

Location: Wellspring Church, 7300 Smithfield Road, North Richland Hills, 76180

Writing 1.75,  Individualized High School Writing (This class is now full. Please let Donna know if you’d like to be placed on the waiting list.)

Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:00

August 25 – December 1

(no class October 6 and October 20)

Location: 5300 Wheat Sheaf Tr, Fort Worth, 76179

Please check the Course Descriptions tab above to read about these classes, their prerequisites, and their scope. Placement advice is available if you are unsure which class best suits your student’s needs.

Contact Donna through the Contact tab above with questions or to enroll your student in one of these classes.

Summer and Fall Classes

Summer 2011

Tutoring appointments available for

Writing            Research          Spelling help

 Tutoring sessions last 70 minutes each

Cost= $20/session

 Fall 2011

Two writing classes and one online course are now forming for the fall semester. Visit the Course Descriptions tab above for further information about the scope of each class.

 Writing 1.75 (students aged 13-18):  This 12-week class focuses on maximum one-on-one instruction in the basics of good essay writing.

 Writing 2.0 (students 14 and up):  In this 12-week course, students will explore a thematic topic approach to academic and personal essays. The content will deal with abstract ideas; therefore, no students younger than 14 will be enrolled.

 Classes to meet on Thursdays, time and place to be decided.

Cost: $120/semester.

Writing 2.5 High School Writing with Experience (ONLINE): This “class” will be for students who have already completed Writing 2.0 and who are ready for a greater challenge. Students and I will meet online at a specified time each week. Then students will work independently on their essays, submitting papers via email and receiving feedback and grades by return email. This class is ideal for busy students who already have mastered the basics of good writing, who want more practice, and who would have trouble attending a traditional class setting due to scheduling difficulties.

 Contact or use the contact form on the Contact tab above for all questions or to pre-enroll your student.

 Sneak Preview for future classes:

Spring 2012 Classic Western Literature; 2012-2013 American Literature; 2013-2014 British Literature. A Writing class or two may also be offered each year in addition.

Spring Semester Starts January 20!

Announcing for spring 2011

Understanding Literature, Part 2       Novel and Drama


                                               Holes by Louis Sachar (any edition)

                     The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (any edition)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (the No Fear Shakespeare edition from Barnes and Noble)

Dates: January 20th through April 28th

Spring Break: March 17th

Location:    Wellspring Church, Awana activity room                               7300 Smithfield Road                                                                                   North Richland Hills, TX 76182

Day and Time: 1:15-3:00 on Thursday afternoons

Cost: $140 for the entire semester. No deposit required.

Focus:  During this spring semester, we will be looking at the figurative elements that add life and literary value to longer works. From Holes, we will learn about symbolism, irony and narrative framework. The Red Badge of Courage will let the students explore realism and naturalism and irony even further. Hamlet contains rich allusions, irony, symbolism, and dramatic elements such as monologue, asides, and theatrical conventions. Thematically, all the stories work together to show people who are in over their heads and how they handle the pressure of situations they wish they could escape.

We will cover Holes and The Red Badge of Courage between January 20 and the end of February. Hamlet will start in early March and go through April. In class, I plan to show selected scenes from The Royal Shakespeare Company performance of Hamlet starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. Instead of tests this semester, students will be writing more essays (at least three full essays, and probably four) in addition to brief written responses to specific questions. We will also have quizzes over the reading assignments to check for comprehension during the semester.