Writing is about telling a story. What is your story? What story would you like to share with the world? Using our imagination and personal experiences, we will explore the world of creative writing through a series of exercises to help you grow. This is a wonderful opportunity for the student to enjoy the writing process, whether it's a special concept you've always had or a personal experience you would like to explore, this workshop will allow us to learn what it means to be a dynamic storyteller. We will also read from passages from published material, so we can also learn from the great writers of our time. We will discuss what you love about writing and what your thoughts are on what you look for in a compelling story. You will not only learn tools to become a better writer, but you will also learn how to have fun during the process. This class will translate well and be essentially the same online.
1 hr. Tuesdays Online, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
- Teacher: Josh Mann
In this class, we will closely examine a wide range of genres and texts to gain a comprehensive and thorough understanding of profound literary work. In addition to literary devices and thematic exploration, students will also find historical, visual, sociological, and psychological parallels between fiction and the real world. We will learn about some of the authors' lives and see how their work reflected and related to their personal backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to write more thoroughly and with a sophisticated eye, to capture the essence of the author's work and discuss it in a meaningful way. This class will translate well and be essentially the same online.
1 hr, Tuesdays Online 12:30pm - 2:00pm
- Teacher: Josh Mann
In How To Write a Novel, we discuss ways to begin a regular writing practice, how to generate ideas, bring characters to life, build a plot, and create a world that feels real. Whether you’ve dabbled in writing or you’re already a prolific writer, this class can help you flesh out your ideas and grow them into your first novel. We look at NaNoWriMo, advice from famous writers, discuss the importance of reading, share our writing, and learn how to be good critique partners. This builds the foundation for the novel you write in the spring semester (you are required to complete the fall semester curriculum in order to join us for spring semester). Get ready to write!
1 hr. Online, Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Teacher: Michele McCole Moss
Do you live in fear of using the wrong there/their/they're? Do you have no idea what a hanging participle is? Although language is a living, breathing, ever-changing thing, there are basic rules to help you to be sure that what you think you are saying is what you are actually saying!
This class will focus on learning the fundamentals of writing, especially in an academic setting. The first semester will concentrate on Grammar rules and their applications. We will use the textbook The Best Grammar Workbook EVER! by Arlene Miller.
The second semester will concentrate on the basics of structuring and writing different types of essays including but not limited to persuasive essays, narrative essays, and argumentative essays.
1 hr. Mondays Online & Thursdays On Campus
3:00pm - 4:00pm
- Teacher: Mara Donahoe
This hybrid class for middle and high school students provides a basic introduction to Spanish language and culture. Being able to communicate in someone else’s language isn’t just useful; it’s a sign of respect. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the US – English is #1 – and here in LA, opportunities to learn and practice Spanish are everywhere.
Online classes will focus on teaching grammar, learning vocabulary, and hearing authentic Spanish, while in-person classes will provide an opportunity for students to practice speaking together and reinforce online lessons and homework assignments. If you’re unsure about your level of Spanish, please feel free to reach out to me!
1hr. Tuesdays Online & Wednesdays On Campus
9:00am - 10:00am
- Teacher: Suzanne Smith
This class is for middle and high school students who have already formally studied some Spanish and, ideally, have at least a year of Spanish 1 at UHS or elsewhere. In-person classes will focus on conversation and small-group practice; we’ll use our online time together to dive deep into Spanish (and English) grammar and learn about the culture of people from the many parts of the world where Spanish is spoken. Students will have regular home assignments to practice and reinforce what they’re learning. Reach out to me if you’re unsure about what level you should take!
1hr, Tuesdays Online & Wednesdays On Campus
10:00am - 11:00am
- Teacher: Suzanne Smith