A Brief Visit Reading Club: Enjoying Short Stories and Poetry
Term: Summer 2021
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9-12
Schedule: 1x / week, 60min.
Section 1, June 16–August 18 (10 sessions): Schedule TBD with Phaedra Shaltanis
This reading club will pay homage to the small but mighty pieces of writing often overlooked. Short stories and poetry are brief explorations of fear, delight, anger, hope, and many more uniquely human experiences. Students will enjoy reading and discussing a variety of such pieces, including both notable classics and lesser-known gems from European and American authors. They will be introduced to various poetic forms and devices, and they’ll observe the power of words when utilized with careful intent. They will also have the option of writing their own works and sharing them with the class.
While finding delight in the surprising and curious, students will concurrently build critical reading skills to benefit their appreciation of literature and storytelling. Additionally, they’ll have ample opportunity to converse leisurely over possible themes and meanings inherent in the text. Most importantly, perhaps, they will discover a love for beautifully written truth that sustains the soul and enlivens the spirit.
Syllabus: Coming soon.
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Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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