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Palo Alto Teen Literary Analysis Course: WED. Jan. 8 - Mar. 19, 2014

  • Jan 8, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Dear Parents and Teachers,

We’re excited to announce our Literary Analysis course for homeschooling teens, ages 13-18. This course will be hosted by parent Bryony Autumn in Palo Alto.

How to Write a Convincing Literary Analysis Paper, Winter 2014

Taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

We will read two novels and go into a “deep dive” process to digest, question, and analyze the stories. What is the author’s main message? How is the novel relevant to our current world? We will also address the core elements of story: character development, plot/conflict, resolution, setting, themes, literary devices, etc. Students will develop their critical thinking skills while learning concrete steps for writing literary analysis essays.

Wednesdays, 10:00am - 11:45am
January 8 – March 19, 2014 (No Class Feb. 19)

10 sessions - 1 hour and 45 minutes each

Tuition: $475 per student

Readings will include:

West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story by Tamim Ansary 

1984 by George Orwell


Dear Shu-Hsien and Royd,

I can't begin to thank you for the amazing year of writing instruction that you have given Zachary. I've watched him go from a basic writer (armed with the foundations but not skilled in paragraph and paper development) to a mature writer who can publish his own blog and sound like an adult! Most importantly, you made the process of learning writing skills fun. He really enjoyed your classes because they allowed him to deep dive into engaging topics while also working one-on-one with you and Royd. I couldn't have asked for more! Thank you so much!

  ~ Anna Durante, parent of 8th grader

  Zachary's classes included: Persuasive Essay Writing, 

  1-Page Business Plan/Teen Entrepreneurship, 

  Literary Analysis Essays and Independent Research Papers  

Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have gotten accepted into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, art, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 400 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta published four anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, and Encroaching Ink.

To register and reserve a seat for your son or daughter, please

1. RSVP Online Today:

2. write a $475 check to "Beyond the Box Learning" and mail it to:

Shu-Hsien Ho

Beyond the Box Learning

c/o UPS Store

530 Showers Drive # 7-256

Mountain View, CA 94040

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks in advance!

Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta

Beyond the Box Learning



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