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Learn the classics and what makes great Children’s literature in this middle school survey course introducing great stories from Grimm’s Fairy Tales to The Prince and the Pauper, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and more!


Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 12 to April 6, 2021. (No class March 30 for Holy Week)

Starting Time: 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None.

Suggested Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade.

Suggested Credit: One full semester Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Discover the classics of Children’s Literature! In this course, we will read and enjoy a variety of stories, novels, and poems written specifically for children and teens-  and in the process, students will learn the fundamentals of studying and writing about literature-  including dialogue, characters, themes and more. We will read examples from the best of children’s literature from books your great grandparents read to today!

Course Outline:

  1. Selections from Grimm’s Fairy Tales

  2. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

  3. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

  4. The Golden Key by George MacDonald

  5. “The Happy Prince” and “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde

  6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  8. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

  9. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

  11. The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

  12. Review

Course Materials: PDF’s provided free by the instructor, plus:

Classic Children’s Stories Collection -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075CQGL7D/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Mary Poppins by PL Travers - https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Poppins-Dr-P-Travers/dp/0544439562

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder -https://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-No/dp/0064400026/ref=bseries_primary_1_0064400026

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl -https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Chocolate-Factory-Puffin-Classics/dp/0142401080

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry - https://www.amazon.com/Worst-Class-Trip-Ever/dp/1484708490

Homework: Some of these children’s novels may take several hours to read. Some will not. Plan on about 2 to 3 hours of reading per week on average. There will be occasional quizzes and a final essay.
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Starts Starts: 1/12/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/6/2021 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 3 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Learn the classics and what makes great Children’s literature in this middle school survey course introducing great stories from Grimm’s Fairy Tales to The Prince and the Pauper, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and more!


Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Wednesdays, January 13 to April 7, 2021. (No class March 31 for Holy Week)

Starting Time: 1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None.

Suggested Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade.

Suggested Credit: One full semester Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Discover the classics of Children’s Literature! In this course, we will read and enjoy a variety of stories, novels, and poems written specifically for children and teens-  and in the process, students will learn the fundamentals of studying and writing about literature-  including dialogue, characters, themes and more. We will read examples from the best of children’s literature from books your great grandparents read to today!

Course Outline:

  1. Selections from Grimm’s Fairy Tales

  2. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

  3. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

  4. The Golden Key by George MacDonald

  5. “The Happy Prince” and “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde

  6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  8. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

  9. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

  11. The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry

  12. Review

Course Materials: PDF’s provided free by the instructor, plus:

Classic Children’s Stories Collection -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075CQGL7D/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Mary Poppins by PL Travers - https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Poppins-Dr-P-Travers/dp/0544439562

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder -https://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Prairie-No/dp/0064400026/ref=bseries_primary_1_0064400026

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl -https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Chocolate-Factory-Puffin-Classics/dp/0142401080

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry - https://www.amazon.com/Worst-Class-Trip-Ever/dp/1484708490

Homework: Some of these children’s novels may take several hours to read. Some will not. Plan on about 2 to 3 hours of reading per week on average. There will be occasional quizzes and a final essay.
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Starts Starts: 1/13/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/7/2021 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 11 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Learn Shakespeare’s short masterpiece, Macbeth, and realize the effects of evil on the soul of man from a life-giving Catholic perspective.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Thursdays, January 14 to February 18, 2021.

Starting Time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 Semester Shakespearian Literature or English. For a full semester add another course. 

Fee: $107 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $127 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest play - but it is a masterpiece.  A study of the effects of evil on the soul of man, Macbeth follows Lord and Lady Macbeth as they give their lives to the forces of darkness, as they hunger for power and control. We see in unforgettable ways the effect this descent into violence and horror has upon Scotland and on the psyches of the villains themselves.

Course Outline:

  • Week 1: Introduction

  • Week 2: Act One

  • Week 3: Act Two

  • Week 4: Act Three

  • Week 5: Act Four

  • Week 6: Act Five and Conclusion

Course Materials: MacBeth, any notated edition. No Fear Shakespeare is a good online resource for the text and a helpful side-by-side modern paraphrase.

Homework: A close reading of each Act will probably take about an hour per week. Also, plan on occasional quizzes and a final essay.

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Starts Starts: 1/14/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/18/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 11 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Help your high school student become scripturally literate and learn how to enjoy your Bible as you read and discuss the Old and New Testaments, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life! Learn how God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus. 

Special Notes: Students are welcome to join us midyear and do not need to take the previous parts of this Living Scripture series to join this course (Part Four).

In addition to the 12 live classes, there are brief daily video lessons.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Mondays, January 18 to April 12, 2021. (No class March 29 for Holy Week)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None. Students need not have taken Living Scripture parts One, Two, or Three. This course will pick up with where we left off in the Bible at the end of Living Scripture, Part Three. Students are welcome to join the course in any given semester, as we slowly work our way through the entire Bible!

Suggested Grade Level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester Theology or Scripture

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome. 

The aim of this course is to remedy the Scriptural illiteracy of the average Catholic, even the average devout Catholic.  We will read and discuss various sections of the Bible throughout the Semester, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life in us and to reveal to us how everything in God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus. 

Peter Kreeft says that you don’t read the Bible the Bible reads you.  He also says that the Bible is “God’s love letter to us.” In this course, we will learn to read that “love letter” from God and we will end up being moved by it.

Course Outline: We will read five readings from Scripture daily, including selections from:

  1. An Old Testament Historical book

  2. A Psalm

  3. An Old Testament Wisdom or Prophetic book

  4. A New Testament Epistle or non-Gospel reading

  5. A Gospel

Mr. O’Brien will post a brief daily video lecture commenting on one of more of that day’s readings.  We will then, during our live Monday gatherings, discuss the readings that made the biggest impression on us throughout the previous week.

Course Materials: The Holy Bible, any translation, but we will especially focus on the variety of translations and interlinear versions available online.

Homework: Five rather short daily readings from Scripture, plus a daily video of five to ten minutes to watch and comment upon.  Plan on about an hour a day.

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Starts Starts: 1/18/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/12/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 15 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

High school students-  continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings- with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer-  where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, it is being offered once as a middle school course and twice as a high school course. Choose the section that best serves your family.

This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates and Times:

Mondays from January 18 to April 12, 2021.  (No class March 29 for Holy Week)

1:00 pm Eastern (12:00 Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

  • What are the Christian elements in these stories?

  • How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

  • What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

  • How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

  • Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course Outline: Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester..

Course Materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/18/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/12/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 6 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 

High school students-  continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings- with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer-  where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, it is being offered once as a middle school course and twice as a high school course. Choose the section that best serves your family.

This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates and Times:

Thursdays, January 21 to April 15, 2021. (No class April 1 for Holy Week)

11:30 am Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $197 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $217 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

  • What are the Christian elements in these stories?

  • How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

  • What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

  • How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

  • Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course Outline: Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester..

Course Materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/21/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/15/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 7 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 

 Middle school students- continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings- with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer- where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, it is being offered once as a middle school course and twice as a high school course. Choose the section that best serves your family.

This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates and Times:

Thursdays, January 21 to April 15, 2021. (No class April 1 for Holy Week)

10:00 AM Eastern (9 AM Central 8 AM Mountain 7 AM Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description:Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

  • What are the Christian elements in these stories?

  • How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

  • What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

  • How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

  • Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course Outline: Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester..

Course Materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/21/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/15/2021 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 8 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Middle school students-  continue learning JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings- with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer-  where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.

Special Notes: Due to the popularity of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, it is being offered once as a middle school course and twice as a high school course. Choose the section that best serves your family.

This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if there are open seats.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates and Times:

Thursdays, January 21 to April 15, 2021. (No class April 1 for Holy Week)

2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $207 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

  • What are the Christian elements in these stories?

  • How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

  • What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

  • How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

  • Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course Outline: Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester..

Course Materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/21/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/15/2021 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 3 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Explore C.S. Lewis’ Speculative Fiction classic Space Trilogy-experiencing the adventures, symbols, themes, and images telling a prophetic story of modern times and man’s place in the cosmos revealed- from a Christian perspective. 

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Mondays, February 1 to April 26, 2021. (No class March 29 for Holy Week)

Starting Time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th through 12th grade.

Suggested Credit: 1 Semester Literature

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: CS Lewis’ science fiction novels The Space Trilogy combine adventures, symbols, themes, and images that tell a prophetic story of modern times and man’s place in the cosmos, told from a Christian perspective. We will engage this fascinating series, analyzing each book to bring out the deeper meanings they contain.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction

  2. Out of the Silent Planet - chapters 1-6

  3. Out of the Silent Planet - chapters 7-12

  4. Out of the Silent Planet - chapters 13-19

  5. Out of the Silent Planet - chapters 20-22

  6. Perelandra - chapters 1-6

  7. Perelandra - chapters 7-12

  8. Perelandra - chapters 13-17

  9. That Hideous Strength - chapters 1-6

  10. That Hideous Strength - chapters 7-12

  11. That Hideous Strength - chapters 13-17

  12. Review

Course Materials: The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis -https://www.amazon.com/Space-Trilogy-Omnib-Classics-Perelandra-ebook/dp/B00GR0CK1Y

Homework: Plan on 2 hours of reading per week, plus automated quizzes.

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Starts Starts: 2/1/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/26/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 6 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Using the styles of comedy in literature and spoken form, practice and hone your comedy writing skills with hands-on writing projects to become a better writer.

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates: Tuesdays from March 2 to April 27, 2021. No class March 30 for Holy Week.

Starting Time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Comedy Writing: Comedy and Humor in Literature and Life, Part One (HS X-17)

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: One semester Comedy Writing, Creative Writing, or English

Fee: $157 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $177 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Become a great writer as you expand beyond the traditional writing course. Get hands-on writing practice using comedy as a springboard for perfecting your writing skills. In an interesting yet challenging way, this course takes the forms, methods, and genres of comedy learned in Part 1 to help you become a better writer. Continue to explore comedy in literature, short forms, sketches, stand up, satire, and more in this enjoyable and practical course for all writing students. Learn how comedy and humor can enrich all academic and creative writing. If you want to extend your writing skills in an enjoyable, practical course (with English, literature, and writing credit), then this is the course for you!

Course Outline:

  • Week 1: In the steps of Literary Humorists: Analyzing and practicing in the form and style of literary giants (Mark Twain, Dave Barry, and more), learning how the writer uses his/her particular talents and skillset to make people laugh, choosing one famous person and writing a humorous story for silent reading in his/her style (quiz, reading/examples, assignment rough draft is turned in).

  • Week 2: Feedback on Assignment 1 Rough Drafts analyzing the characteristics, styles, and tips for improving your own writing

  • Week 3: Final Draft of Assignment 1 Due presenting our writing/humorous work in-class

  • Week 4: In the steps of the Writers of Spoken Comedy (sketches and standup): analyzing and practicing in the form and style learning how to write for an audience who will be listening/for a “live” performance (quiz, reading/examples, assignment is a rough draft).

  • Week 5: Feedback on Assignment 2 Rough Drafts analyzing the characteristics, styles, and tips for improving your own writing

  • Week 6: Final Draft of Assignment 2 Due presenting our writing/humorous work in-class

  • Week 7: Writing for Public Speaking and Personal Communications: We will write a speech that could be delivered in a “live” setting (awards, after-dinner speeches, commencement addresses, business presentations, business pitches, and more) learning how to verbally present what’s written with pacing, body language, pitch/tone/inflection, and more.

  • Week 8: Editing and Finalizing your Work final presentations!

Course Materials: PDF’s and links to material are provided free by the instructor.

All documents are turned in as Microsoft Word documents. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents free.

Homework: Students will complete three (3) writing projects. There is an estimated two to three hours of homework/coursework per week outside of attending the live class.

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Starts Starts: 3/2/2021 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/27/2021 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 17 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Learn Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Richard II,  and delve into a famous story of the nature of authority as it affects man, the medieval culture, and the Magna Carta’s birth with beautiful poetry and non-stop action.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Thursdays, March 11 to April 22, 2021. (No class on April 1 for Holy Week.)

Starting Time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade.

Suggested Credit: 1/2 Semester English. For a full semester add another course.

Fee: $107 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $127 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: Richard II is Shakespeare’s story of the nature of authority. Set in the 14th Century, Richard’s weakness as a ruler leads to civil unrest in England. The play examines the questions, “What do we do when we have bad people ruling over us?” as well as, “How is God’s authority expressed on earth?” With beautiful poetry and non-stop action, Shakespeare paints the portrait of a sensitive and tormented man who struggles to live up to his vocation.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Introduction

  • Class 2: Act One

  • Class 3: Act Two

  • Class 4: Act Three

  • Class 5: Act Four

  • Class 6: Act Five and Conclusion

Course Materials: Richard II, any notated edition. No Fear Shakespeare is a good online resource for the text and a helpful side-by-side modern paraphrase.

Homework: A close reading of each Act will probably take about an hour per week. Also, plan on occasional quizzes and a final essay.

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Starts Starts: 3/11/2021 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/22/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 13 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
Total: 11 Page size: