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Santa Clara Literary Analysis Essays for Homeschooling Teens
Dear Parents, Homeschooling families have requested that we offer a literary analysis course for students ages 13-15 in the Santa Clara/San Jose area. Please email us with any questions at: [masked]. Thank you! Shu-Hsien & Royd Literary Analysis Essays: Discovering Hidden Themes & Symbols, Fall 2018 Beyond the Box Learning Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30am Sept. 25 – Dec. 4, 2018 (No class 11/20) 10 sessions - 1 hour and 30 minutes each Open to students ages 13-15 Course will be taught by Writing Coach Royd Hatta. 5-9 students. Hosted by Parent Aida Rivera in her home near Santa Clara University. We will discuss 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, symbols, and other literary devices. Students will develop their critical thinking skills while learning concrete steps for writing literary analysis essays. Each class will provide: • Highly interactive, hands-on exercises to inspire curiosity and exploration • A step-by-step process for building critical thinking, problem solving, outlining, writing, and revising skills • Group discussions to introduce historical, social, economic, and political contexts • One-on-one coaching and feedback, including 2 hours of 1:1 Skype sessions per student for essays • Detailed reviews of students’ written assignments Readings: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee American classic/historical fiction, 1930s: Scout Finch and her brother come of age in the rural American South where tensions in poverty and race culminate in a court trial that will define the people of Maycomb County. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Historical fiction with a unique perspective on the Revolutionary Period: 1770s: Isabel, a young African-American slave girl is momentarily freed by the death of her slave owner only to be shackled again and sold to a wealthy British couple. She is determined to reinstate her freedom, but discovers that the laws and social attitudes from the Loyalist Brits and the American Colonists, no matter how charitable, bind her to slavery. How will Isabel find her freedom? Registration: Regular Tuition: $530 per student Special Rate if we receive a $150 deposit by Sept. 8: 5 students: $500 per student 6-9 students: $485 per student Tuition includes: 15 hours of in-class instruction 2 hours of 1:1 private Skype sessions for essay drafts Up to 3-4 hours of detailed reviews/feedback on Google Doc drafts. To register, please 1. email your student's full name, age as of Sept. 25, any allergies, and parents' daytime phone numbers to [masked] and 2. Send $150 per student via PayPal to [masked] OR mail a deposit check to Beyond the Box Learning: Shu-Hsien Ho Beyond the Box Learning 530 Showers Drive, #7 UPS Box 256 Mountain View, CA 94040 We will email a confirmation and the course location upon receipt of registration deposits. There are no refunds after September 8. We look forward to working with your family! Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta Writing Coaches Beyond the Box Learning [masked][masked] Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity, and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, independent research papers, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. Their students have earned acceptance 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 Cal State Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta currently teach workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run 2 thriving writers clubs with over 650 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction.

Aida's Home near Santa Clara University

near De La Cruz Blvd & Costco · Santa Clara, ca

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Imagine your teen being in a well-lit room full of aspiring writers, where everyone is talking excitedly and laughing. Some people are reading their stories out loud; others are asking for feedback on their blog posts and college essays. Everyone is working on a special piece for the Annual Teen Writers Anthology. The energy is contagious.

Is your teen curious about joining a group of Teen Writers who share their passion for writing?

As a parent, would you like to encourage their writing while learning powerful new tools and techniques to develop their skills?

Has your teen expressed a desire to get published?

If you think your teen would say "Yes!" to any of these questions, then you've found the right place.

We bring together Parents and their enthusiastic Teen Writers, ages 13-18, in an informal workshop setting to hone both their creative writing and academic writing skills. Writers of all levels, media, and genres are welcome, including: short stories, poetry, novels, comic books, graphic novels, screenplays, and research topics.

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