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Meet Dr. Amy Manning, who will be teaching our Literature Around the World and Short Story Craft courses!

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featherpenHere is a short, yet comprehensive Q&A about Dr. Manning’s classes.

Q: How are the literature classes (“Literature Around the World” and “Short Story Craft”) different from a book club?
A: These classes, for the high school and middle school sets respectively, are meant to greatly supplement or take the place of a Language Arts homeschool curriculum. We will discuss the works of literature in terms of theme, plot, form, function, setting, characterization, symbolism, and other literary devices. Students also have the option of writing essays for any or all of the works we read and receive the instruction of a professional writer and writing teacher. We will tackle the literature in creative ways as well with acting out of scenes, poster making, book reviews, and “blurb” writing (marketing of books). Importantly, we will also discuss grammar, spelling, syntax, and play around with what I like to call “Sentence CPR”: revising sentences to breathe life into them.

Q. Will students receive grammar and mechanics instruction?
A: Yes! This will happen through any essays they choose to write or work that is assigned. In addition, each class will begin with a fun activity: a sentence on the board that needs Sentence CPR and also has several mechanical and spelling errors. Who can catch the most mistakes?!

Q. Will students have the opportunity to write and revise essays?
A: Yes! Dr. Amy Manning, the instructor, will work with students on an individual basis in class and via email to revise essays for effectiveness and purpose.

Q. Are students required to write essays?
A: No, this is an option that the teacher highly recommends, though! Assigned writing will include short reading responses to share with the class, short book reviews, and poster making.

Q. Do students need to sign up for the whole year?
A: NO! While it may be recommended to sign up for the whole year, schedule differences might not allow that, and students will still receive great benefit from just one 14-week course in either the Fall or Spring.

Q. Is there an option to receive grades?
A: YES! Anyone needing or wanting a grade for the class or on writing assignments that are required or optional can certainly receive a grade with plenty of feedback to illustrate areas of strength and areas for improvement.

Q. Who is Dr. Amy Manning?
A: Amy has been teaching homeschooled students (writing, literature, speech, SAT writing, etc.) for nearly a decade. She has her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of New Hampshire, and teaches composition and literature courses at Southern New Hampshire University. She is committed to making studying writing and literature fun and accessible, while also challenging.

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