Intermediate Level C: High School Socratic Seminar and Essay Writing
Length: 2 14-week semesters
Target age: 10th – 12th grade
(Prerequisite: Introductory Level C Class or equivalent; writing sample is required. Permission granted for intermediate level with instructor approval only.)
This class assumes the ability to write a basic essay with a minimum of spelling, grammar, or mechanical errors. Ability to type and access to Google Docs or Word Online required.
Socratic discussion-based literature study along with composition using formal essay models, including response to literature, literary analysis, timed essays, research essay, compare/contrast, narrative, personal and persuasive essays. Proper MLA format, including in-text citation skills, will be taught. Literature study using short stories, poetry, and novel-length works will provide opportunities for journaling exercises, annotation, and discussion. Focus will be on discussing literature and writing in preparation for college-level work. A public-speaking/multimedia presentation component will also be integrated throughout the course. This course includes individualized responses to student’s writing. This course may be taken more than once.
Teaching the Classics, 2nd edition by Adam and Missy Andrews
Write for College: A Student Handbook (and accompanying Teacher Guide) by Thoughtful Learning
Student Materials Required:
Write for College: A Student Handbook ISBN (softcover): 978-1-946391-01-8
Binder, paper, tabbed dividers, pens/pencils, highlighter
Copies of chosen literature for annotation
Instructor will choose short stories and up to 4 novels/plays per year from this list