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Civics

If I Ruled The World--A Civics Class

Have you ever thought about what the world would be like if you were in charge? Do you think you’d do a better job than any president we’ve had since you’ve been born? Do you think there should be a law protecting children from eating Brussels sprouts? This is the class for you! Bring your imagination and get ready to build your own world with your classmates.

It’s fun to play “zombie apocalypse,” but have you ever wondered what would happen after? Would all people have the same resources and work together? Would there be any laws at all?

Using TED Talks, texts about civil disobedience from around the world, Tuttle Twin books, and our own Constitution, kids will imagine, create, and test their own society. Working together to solve problems, debate, compromise, and maybe even vote, children will lead where their society goes with guidance from the teacher.

At the end of this class students will understand civics, our Constitution, economics, and will have created a society they can be proud of.

During the last class we will see a demonstration of the society by its members. They will create a presentation to tell their audience about their roles, ideals, governing principals, resources, etc. The audience will give feedback by letting the students know if they would like to live there and why.

- - - Instructor: Kitty Michelotti

There is a minimum of 6 students required to run this class.

Price: $228.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 11:00 am - 11:55 am              

Available Spaces: 3

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Drawing

In Drawing Fundamentals, we'll use a variety of drawing media to create artwork in all kinds of subjects including nature, animals, people and portraiture, and still life.  Using the basic elements of composition, perspective, shading, and blending, we’ll work with different subjects and different drawing media including pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, and pen & ink.  Some of our lessons will take inspiration from the great masters, such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Degas, and others. The class will incorporate working from life, photographs, and imagination!

- - - Instructor: Tami Sciola 

There is a material fee of $10 payable directly to the teacher on the first day of classes.

Supplies needed:

All of these items can be found at Michael’s, A.C. Moore, or Hobby Lobby in-store or on-line. Or you may go directly to the Blick Art Supplies website. I will be reviewing supplies as part of the first class and will always have some on hand to use if you are unable to get some of these supplies.

Also, if you decide to get some of the "Optional" ones, you do not need to get them all at once.

  • Drawing pad (9”x12” or 11”x14” are good sizes)
  • A variety of drawing Pencils: 2H, H, 2B, 6B are good choices
  • Eraser (Kneaded Rubber is best for this type of class – it comes in flat gray squares or rectangles). Plain pink school erasers can be used in addition to the kneaded rubber ones.
  • Blending stumps (various sizes) (These are little white or gray rolled paper sticks with a point on them.
  • Soft vine charcoal / hard compressed charcoal / charcoal pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener

Optional

(I will provide some of the following supplies, but some students prefer to have their own, especially if the class is large):

    • Watercolor/water-soluble colored pencils with a paintbrush or two
      “Micron" black pen (waterproof, to be used alone, and with the watercolor pencils)
    • Set of colored "chalk" pastel sticks (NOT oil pastels)

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run.

 

Price: $228.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 11:00 am - 11:55 am              

Available Spaces: 5

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Drumming

Students will learn drum set basics, how to play a rock beat, how to play with a recording, and how to play in a band. Any level student may participate in the class. The class will be in a “master class” format. There will be one drum set and students will each have an opportunity to play on it after instruction. Students will need their own sticks.

- - - Instructor: Wil Latulippe 

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run.

Price: $228.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 4

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

High School Marine Bio

Just about 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth’s oceans play a critical role in the planet’s ability to sustain life.

Tiny ocean plants, called phytoplankton, produce most of the oxygen in the air we breathe. When producing oxygen, these plants soak up carbon dioxide, removing this gas from the air.

The ocean is always in motion: currents move water around the globe. Cold water sinks in the ocean, warm water rises, and this constant movement distributes heat and nutrients around the earth.

Most scientists believe that life on Earth started in the ocean and spread to land.

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Although registrations are semester based, this is a year-long Marine Biology course in which you will learn about life in different ocean environments, from the polar regions to the tropical coral reefs. You will learn how all life connects in the marine biome, and what threats are facing these living systems.

This course is run as a flipped course, which means that the students have the responsibility to complete readings, videos and homework assignments prior to class. In person classes will focus on content review, clarifications and discussions followed by hands on, practical activities and labs.

There will be two additional field trips every semester. For semester 1, the trips are:

  • For semester 1, the trips are:
    • Sept 28th - Odiorne Point State Park to introduce the students to the rocky shoreline visit the Sea Coast Science Center.
    • Oct 26th - Odiorne Point State Park to survey the tidal pools.

Instructor communication and assignments will take place through Canvas, a password protected platform, which will allow students to access their homework, readings and video resources as well as communicate with their classmates and teacher.

Important Notes:

  • The depth of research, learning and homework will be appropriately adjusted for every age group.
  • The tuition of this course has been adjusted to include the teacher pay for the two extra field trips at Odiorne Point State Park. (students get 16 classes, of which 2 are on the seashore).
  • Parents are responsible for paying admission to the Sea Coast Science Center for the first field trip.
  • There is a material fee of $30 per student per semester, payable to the teacher on the first day of classes.
  • There are 6 students required for this class to run!

The course will offer a substantial experience for the HS group to be equated to a full credit on the college transcript. High school students should expect an amount of 4-6 hours of work per week researching, reading and preparing homework, doing lab reports, taking quizzes or tests.  

HS students need to purchase the book “Seaside Naturalist” by Deborah Coulombe. The book can be found on Amazon at: The Seaside Naturalist

Note! Do not purchase the book until registrations are through and we know for sure the class is a go!

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

At the end of this course High School Students will be able to:

  1.    Define what marine biology is and why it is important to study.
  2.    Describe the ocean zonation, currents and tides.
  3.    Demonstrate an understanding of the nomenclature of marine biology.
  4.    Identify invertebrates of the marine environment.
  5.    Identify vertebrates of the marine environment.
  6.    Identify marine fish.
  7.    Identify marine mammals.
  8.    Demonstrate an understanding of marine ecosystems, including diagramming energy flow.
  9.    Demonstrate an understanding of what estuaries are and why they are important to living things.
  10.    Demonstrate an understanding of coral reef biology and reef ecosystems.
  11.    Describe types of life in the polar oceans and the open sea.
  12.    Describe life in the ocean's depths.
  13.    Demonstrate an understanding of issues regarding the future of the marine biome.

- - - Instructor: Chris Balch

Price: $272.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 9:00 am - 10:25 am              

Available Spaces: 0

Registration: is now OPEN for this course. However the maximum number of students has been reached.

Little House

Life for the Ingalls family was full from sun up to sun down. In this class we will recreate life on the prairie by packing our wagon, baking bread, churning butter, making candles, button lamps, and more. We will bring to life the poetry of her time, sing songs her father played, and explore what was going on around the country while Laura was growing up. The Little House books lend themselves to science experiments, discussions on social justice, art projects, and dabbles in creative writing, and we will perform them all.

Our final class will be a step back in time. Our costumed students will tell us about their responsibilities and experiences and how they differ from a child of today. They will show us their favorite parts of life in the late 1800s.

Students are encouraged but not required to be familiar with the Little House series.

- - - Instructor: Kitty Michelotti 

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run.

Price: $228.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 1

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Little Women

A production class for the play Little Women!

“This classic is about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. Interlaced with warmth, family loyalty and traditional values, all these important events provide us with a better understanding of our own lives.  Penned by Louisa May Alcott 140 years ago, this much-loved classic tale’s message is still relevant for audiences today.” -Pioneer

We will hold an audition the first day of class. Students will learn and practice the skills that all actors need to understand: speech, projection, character development, expression, pitch, stance, eye contact and poise. Students will work together to build the production and the behind the scenes elements. The script will be sent to all students prior to class. We will also play theatre games to warm up and strengthen the voice, body and tactics. Students will perform at our December performance. Line memorization and at home practice is required for this class. Additional rehearsals will be held the week of the show. We will coordinate schedules.

Cast of characters:

  • Meg, beautiful and traditional; the eldest of March sisters
  • Jo, the high-spirited tomboy, second oldest of the March sisters
  • Amy, artistic and pampered, the self-centered beauty; youngest of the March sisters
  • Beth, gentle and kind; third oldest of the March sisters
  • Hannah, the March's cook and maid
  • Marmee, mother of the March girls
  • Aunt March, the girls' rich great aunt
  • Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, wealthy neighbor
  • John Brooke, Laurie's tutor
  • Mr. March, the girls' father
  • Tina, a young girl
  • two laborers, piano movers
  • Professor Friederich "Fritz" Bhaer, German immigrant professor

If your student(s) is interested in taking on a backstage role such as stage manager or part of costume or run crews, please send us an email at Cristina.Drondoe@mosaicexplore.com

- - - Instructor: Amy Mackay 

There is a minimum of 10 students required for this class to run.

 

Price: $272.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 10:30 am - 11:55 am              

Available Spaces: 0

Registration: is now OPEN for this course. However the maximum number of students has been reached.

Marine Bio 4-6

Just about 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth’s oceans play a critical role in the planet’s ability to sustain life.

Tiny ocean plants, called phytoplankton, produce most of the oxygen in the air we breathe. When producing oxygen, these plants soak up carbon dioxide, removing this gas from the air.

The ocean is always in motion: currents move water around the globe. Cold water sinks in the ocean, warm water rises, and this constant movement distributes heat and nutrients around the earth.

Most scientists believe that life on Earth started in the ocean and spread to land.

____________________________________________________________________

Although registrations are semester based, this is a year-long Marine Biology course in which you will learn about life in different ocean environments, from the polar regions to the tropical coral reefs. You will learn how all life connects in the marine biome, and what threats are facing these living systems.

This course is run as a flipped course, which means that the students have the responsibility to complete readings, videos and homework assignments prior to class. In person classes will focus on content review, clarifications and discussions followed by hands on, practical activities and labs.

There will be two additional field trips every semester. Elementary and Middle School groups will be combined in one group.

For semester 1, the trips are:

  • Sept 28th - Odiorne Point State Park to introduce the students to the rocky shoreline visit the Sea Coast Science Center.
  • Oct 26th - Odiorne Point State Park to survey the tidal pools.

Instructor communication and assignments will take place through Canvas, a password protected platform, which will allow students to access their homework, readings and video resources as well as communicate with their classmates and teacher.

Important Notes:

  • The depth of research, learning and homework will be appropriately adjusted for every age group.
  • The tuition of this course has been adjusted to include the teacher pay for the two extra field trips at Odiorne Point State Park (students get 16 classes, of which 2 are on the seashore).
  • Parents are responsible for paying admission to the Sea Coast Science Center for the first field trip
  • Middle and elementary students don’t need to purchase any book; reading and watching material will be provided to them on a weekly basis.
  • There is a material fee of $30 per student per semester, payable to the teacher on the first day of classes.
  • There are 6 students required for this class to run!

- - - Instructor: Chris Balch 

Price: $272.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 10:30 am - 11:55 am              

Available Spaces: 3

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Marine Bio 7-8

Just about 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth’s oceans play a critical role in the planet’s ability to sustain life.

Tiny ocean plants, called phytoplankton, produce most of the oxygen in the air we breathe. When producing oxygen, these plants soak up carbon dioxide, removing this gas from the air.

The ocean is always in motion: currents move water around the globe. Cold water sinks in the ocean, warm water rises, and this constant movement distributes heat and nutrients around the earth.

Most scientists believe that life on Earth started in the ocean and spread to land.

____________________________________________________________________

Although registrations are semester based, this is a year-long Marine Biology course in which you will learn about life in different ocean environments, from the polar regions to the tropical coral reefs. You will learn how all life connects in the marine biome, and what threats are facing these living systems.

This course is run as a flipped course, which means that the students have the responsibility to complete readings, videos and homework assignments prior to class. In person classes will focus on content review, clarifications and discussions followed by hands on, practical activities and labs.

There will be two additional field trips every semester. Elementary and Middle School groups will be combined in one group.

For semester 1, the trips are:

  • Sept 28th - Odiorne Point State Park to introduce the students to the rocky shoreline visit the Sea Coast Science Center.
  • Oct 26th - Odiorne Point State Park to survey the tidal pools.

Instructor communication and assignments will take place through Canvas, a password protected platform, which will allow students to access their homework, readings and video resources as well as communicate with their classmates and teacher.

Important Notes:

  • The depth of research, learning and homework will be appropriately adjusted for every age group.
  • The tuition of this course has been adjusted to include the teacher pay for the two extra field trips at Odiorne Point State Park (students get 16 classes, of which 2 are on the seashore).
  • Parents are responsible for paying admission to the Sea Coast Science Center for the first field trip
  • Middle and elementary students don’t need to purchase any book; reading and watching material will be provided to them on a weekly basis.
  • There is a material fee of $30 per student per semester, payable to the teacher on the first day of classes.
  • There are 6 students required for this class to run!

- - - Instructor: Chris Balch 

Price: $272.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 1

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Model UN

Model UN is an authentic simulation of the of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. 8th grade and high school students will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of delegates of UN member countries, parleying different issues on the agenda of this broad organization.

Mosaic Model UN (MOSMUN) Club is open to any homeschool student 8th grade and up who is interested in learning about global issues, UN, and Model UN simulations.

As members of our Club, students will be offered weekly lectures, games, mini-simulations, joint-simulations with other Model UN groups, remote and in class support for conference preparation as well as additional meetings before the conference. We take our students to up to three conferences a year, with the majority of students attending all three.

Although not mandatory, all students are encouraged to participate in at least one Model UN conference. Novice students who prefer to solidly familiarize with Model UN procedure, research methods, public speaking and position paper writing before attending a conference are welcome to do so and choose to participate in our third and last conference of the year, which will most likely be in March.

We are in the process of assessing conference options for the 2018/19 year and will post details here as soon as three conferences are picked.

Important note!
As MOSMUN Club member, students are privileged to participate in Model UN conferences. There is a tremendous amount of effort to make all necessary arrangements, to prepare the delegates and make sure their papers are in good standing, their research binders complete and their understanding of their topics and countries solid. With each conference come deadlines to be met. Therefore, an upfront commitment is required from all of those who will participate in conferences, and a  conference participation agreement will be handed out the first day of classes to be signed by both the student and the parent. A student without position papers and opening speeches submitted on time will not be allowed to attend the conference, at the loss of all registration fees.

To read more about Model UN, please go to: Mosaic Model UN

Pricing model

Participation in our Model UN Club is $150 per semester. Re-registration and payment in the second semester are expected. All our Model UN club students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one conference.

Conference costs:
- per delegate fee - amount varies from one conference to another, we'll update this course description once conferences are picked
- $40 per conference preparation fee
- hotel and transportation costs - amount varies from one conference to another; a factor that determines per student hotel cost is determined by the number of students in a room

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Cristina Drondoe has created Mosaic Model UN – the only homeschool Model UN club in NH - in 2015. She attended the Advisor Institute through Best Delegate and passed their optional Advisor Exam to become certified. She truly enjoys guiding homeschool students through preparation for conferences and finds it very rewarding to witness their learning about world issues and international relations.

Price: $150.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 2

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Musical Theatre 4-7

The Musical Theater Group at Mosaic Explore will delve into the many of the aspects of musical theater. It covers vocal techniques and repertoire, dance choreography and staging, plus expressing emotion and stage presence as they relate to musical theater.

The group will study age appropriate songs like "I Wanna be Like You" from Jungle Book, "Seventy-Six Trombones" from The Music Man, "It's a Hard Knock Life" from Annie, "One Short Day" from Wicked, "To Life" from Fiddler on the Roof, "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music, or "Into the Woods" from Into the Woods. All songs are contingent upon the specific group’s ability and interest.

Last year, some of the songs performed by this age group were: “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile” from Annie, “A Spoon Full of Sugar” from Mary Poppins, and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. You can watch video recordings of this group on our Facebook Page: Mosaic Explore Facebook Page

The group will perform at our December performance.

- - - Instructor: Mellissa Hughes 

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run.

Price: $259.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 6

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Musical Theatre 8-12

The Musical Theater Group at Mosaic Explore will delve into the many of the aspects of musical theater. It covers vocal techniques and repertoire, dance choreography and staging, plus expressing emotion and stage presence as they relate to musical theater.

The group will study age appropriate songs like "I Wanna be Like You" from Jungle Book, "Seventy-Six Trombones" from The Music Man, "It's a Hard Knock Life" from Annie, "One Short Day" from Wicked, "To Life" from Fiddler on the Roof, "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music, or "Into the Woods" from Into the Woods. All songs are contingent upon the specific group’s ability and interest.

Last year, some of the songs performed by this group were: “A Million Dreams” from the Greatest Showman, “We’re all made of Stars” from Finding Neverland, “Another Day of Sun” from La La Land, “Chim Chim Cheree” from Marry Poppins, and “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music. You can watch video recordings of some of these songs on our Facebook Page Mosaic Explore Facebook Page

- - - Instructor: Mellissa Hughes 

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run!

Price: $259.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 2:00 pm - 3:25 pm              

Available Spaces: 2

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Nature Drawing

The natural world holds many wonders and has always been a fascinating subject for artists of all types. Students will work with subjects including flowers, plants, trees, shells, animals, and birds. Pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil are some of the drawing media we'll be using to capture our inspiration from wildlife.

- - - Instructor: Tami Sciola 

There is a material fee of $10 payable directly to the teacher on the first day of classes.

Supplies needed

All of these items can be found at Michael’s, A.C. Moore, or Hobby Lobby in-store or on-line. Or you may go directly to the Blick Art Supplies website. I will be reviewing supplies as part of the first class and will always have some on hand to use if you are unable to get some of these supplies.

Also, if you decide to get some of the "Optional" ones, you do not need to get them all at once.

  • Drawing pad (9”x12” or 11”x14” are good sizes)
  • A variety of drawing Pencils: 2H, H, 2B, 6B are good choices
  • Eraser (Kneaded Rubber is best for this type of class – it comes in flat gray squares or rectangles). Plain pink school erasers can be used in addition to the kneaded rubber ones.
  • Blending stumps (various sizes) (These are little white or gray rolled paper sticks with a point on them.
  • Soft vine charcoal / hard compressed charcoal / charcoal pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener

Optional

(I will provide some of the following supplies, but some students prefer to have their own, especially if the class is large):

    • Watercolor/water-soluble colored pencils with a paintbrush or two
      “Micron" black pen (waterproof, to be used alone, and with the watercolor pencils)
    • Set of colored "chalk" pastel sticks (NOT oil pastels)

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run.

Price: $259.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 12:30 pm - 1:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 1

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Spanish 2

Prerequisite: Spanish 1.

This course will cover the second half the book "Breaking the Barrier" that we started during our 2017-2018 school year.  Each class will be divided into 3 segments: Review, New Content and Practice. Students will take an exam after each chapter.

 

New students are welcome, as long as they familiar with the use of verbs (regular and irregular) in present and preterite tense.

3-5 hours of homework will be assigned weekly for families who wish to be able to assign a full credit for completing both semesters of this course. The class will proceed at a pace that will allow students to cover the material required for a Spanish 2 level class. Students who do not complete the homework assignments run the risk of falling behind, and the instructor will not be able to slow the pace of the course for these students.
Required book:

Breaking the Barrier Book

We will use this book during both semesters of the 2018-2019 year.

In addition, students must bring a notebook and a pencil.

 

**For a more robust class, parents may wish to be able to work with their children at home. Breaking The Barrier offers two options families may want to consider. The first is an e-book version of the student textbook. The e-book offers pronunciation of much of the material and answers to all of the activities. It also contains some bonus material like additional pictures, videos, information about the countries studied in the book, and interviews or articles written in Spanish:

Breaking the Barrier E-book

A second option is a simple answer booklet, containing answers to the activities in the student textbook:

Breaking the Barrier - answer booklet

Note! Do not purchase the book(s) until registrations are through and we know for sure the class is a go! 

- - - Instructor: Rosana Baranov 

There is a minimum of 6 students required to run this class.

 

Price: $277.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 10:30 am - 11:55 am              

Available Spaces: 3

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

TED-Ed Club

Important Note: TED-Ed Club is FREE for Mosaic students (students need to be enrolled in at least one class at Mosaic)

 

Mosaic joins the TED-Ed Club Community! We are now part of a network of thousands of TED-Ed Clubs in schools and educations organizations around the world, all working to spark and celebrate the ideas of students. During our club, Club Member will engage in a series of Explorations designed to help them present an amazing Club talk on an idea that they are passionate about. Along the way, the Club Members will become experts in:
- Identifying the elements of a great idea
- Researching, developing and presenting the idea
- Creating visuals to tell a compelling story
- Using best practices for camera, lighting and sound

TED-Ed goals are:
- To stimulate and celebrate the creative ideas of students everywhere
- To connect students from different backgrounds, cultures and countries around the world.
- To provide an online platform dedicated to celebrating student ideas
- To make an idea – developed and presented by a student – a valuable reference point in a resume, college application or job interview
- To work with a generation of problem solvers, critical thinkers and innovators to make the world a better place.

By the end of our Club year, each Club Member will have a filmed TED-Ed Club Talk, and many may be featured on TED-Ed social media outlets, ed.ted.com, the TED-Ed Clubs YouTube channel, or possibly even the TED stage!

- - - Instructor: Kerri MacPherson <

Price: Free Event

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 2:00 pm - 2:55 pm              

Available Spaces: 6

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Ukulele

The Ukulele is an instrument that is easy to learn and fun to play! Learn the basics of ukulele playing and learn to play songs right away. Songs will span the decades and include recent popular songs and Disney hits. No experience is necessary but it is strongly recommended to have your own ukulele.

- - - Instructor: Anna Latulippe 

- for the first two weeks

- - - Instructor: Sam Drouin 

- for the rest of the semester

There are 6 students needed for this class to run!

Price: $228.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 9:30 am - 10:25 am              

Available Spaces: 4

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.

Writing 5-7

I’ll call for pen and ink and write my mind.” - William Shakespeare

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anais Nin

You have a story unlike anyone else’s and it deserves to be told. Come play with words! Words hold tremendous power. We will play with words, mold them, and direct them into creative thoughts and ideas. The better we harness our words, the better we will be able to communicate and understand our own language and ourselves.

In this class we will focus on four different writing styles: poetry, narrative, persuasive and research report. Before the end of the unit each student will have at least one polished, portfolio ready piece.

We will spend three weeks on each style, following the syllabus below:
- Week 1 – we’ll get to know each other and our favorite stories. We’ll create a plan for the rest of the semester and vow to build a friendly and respectful environment where we give constructive feedback and branch out in new forms of writing.
- Weeks 2, 3, 4 - Poetry Unit! Poetry can be the most freeing form of expression, or follow the strictest literary constraints. From Shakespearean sonnets and haiku to free verse and narratives, we will try our hands at the many different forms of poetry.
- Weeks 5, 6, 7 – Narrative Unit! Who doesn’t like stories? What is a story arc? We’ll discuss characters, dialog and writing from different perspectives. There are things going on that are hard to process in your head - so put it down on paper and work through it with the help of your peers.
- Weeks 8, 9, 10 – Persuasive Unit! “Because I think so” or “Because I want it” don’t make good arguments, do they? This is your chance to think of something you have always strongly believed in or wanted, brainstorm for three solid reasons that support your opinion, and craft a persuasive essay that will win your readers’ acceptance of your idea.
- Weeks 11, 12, 13 – Research Report Unit! Scientific writing doesn’t have to feel like battling a gargantuan, hairy monster into 5 pages with footnotes. Bring a favorite topic to research and we’ll reveal and embrace a simple step plan that will help us turn our research into a captivating and intriguing report.
- Week 14 – Writers’ Café - time to savor the fruits of our work by sharing our writings with families and friends.

Outcomes of this class:
- students will have a better understanding of these genres and feel more confident as thinkers and writers.
- they will have a better understanding of language as form of expression.
- they will have a Writing Portfolio with pieces that they can submit to a variety of contests or for publication.

- - - Instructor: Kitty Michelotti 

There is a minimum of 6 students required for this class to run!

Price: $228.00

Start Date: September 5, 2018               Time: 12:30 pm - 1:25 pm              

Available Spaces: 8

Registration: is now OPEN for this course.
      Please verify the course timeframe works with your schedule and register through our Registration page.