Writing & Literature Courses

SD Writing & Literature Courses

Title Units Total cost Available sections
The Writing Process 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Reading for Creative Writing 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Writing for High School 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Analytical Writing 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Advanced Creative Writing 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Shakespeare on Page and Stage 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0
Writing for College 5 units (2 days/wk.) $650 0

 

The Writing Process
Exceptionally well-prepared Sixth Graders may apply for this course.
This course is meant for students who are mastering their middle school writing skills and transitioning to high school. Students will investigate the purposes for which authors write and will become purposeful readers and writers. Lessons and activities will focus on the process of writing—pre-writing, drafting, editing, and revising. Students will work in editing groups, help each other revise drafts, and learn the qualities of good writing. They will learn techniques for crafting well-written sentences, logical paragraphs, and coherent essays. Students will read, study, and discuss writing styles, and they will practice what they have learned in numerous writing assignments.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 7 or 8 in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hours
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3400.1
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Israel Hernandez
Closed
SD3400.2
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Israel Hernandez
Closed
SD3400.3
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Lisa Griffin
Closed
SD3400.4
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Lisa Griffin
Closed

 

Reading for Creative Writing
This class will focus on reading critically and passionately and on fostering creative writing skills. Students will read poetry, short stories and other works of literature, and write responses to the readings. They will visualize the imagery and explore the themes of literature in relation to their own lives. For more inspiration, class activities may include drawing and art, campus explorations, and a visit to a local museum. Students will share their insights into the mind of the author and seek to understand their own writing processes. Through improvisation, class discussion, and writing exercises, students will learn to identify and experiment with various narrative techniques. They will develop a portfolio of their own creative writing and will also write one analytic essay that will reflect their growing expertise as readers and writers.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 7 or 8 in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 4-6 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3402
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sarah Schwartz
Closed

 

Writing for High School
This class will provide a vehicle for students to fortify high school level reading and writing skills. Students will mold facts, speculations, beliefs, and opinions into compelling, powerful statements. Through reading, class discussions, and group work, students will investigate different styles and forms of writing that provide a range of models for approaching thinking and writing. Emphasis will be on learning to refine thinking and on improving writing through editing and rewriting. Students will be assigned approximately 2-4 pages of writing, in addition to regular reading assignments, per class.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 8 or 9 in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3403.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Jeremy Grossman
Closed
SD3403.2
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Jeremy Grossman
Closed
SD3403.3
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Crystal Bronte
Closed
SD3403.4
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Zachary Gordon
Closed

 

Analytical Writing
This course, taught at the advanced high school level, will allow students to strengthen their analytical reading and writing skills. Students will practice reading with care and will hold meaningful discussions about the texts they study. They will learn to produce well-organized, well-written, well-developed, and intellectually complex essays. They will perform the stages of writing from clarification of the assignment to final revision, working on grammar, composition, and editing.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 9 or 10 in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3404.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Anna Brown
Closed
SD3404.2
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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Chad Crosson
Closed
SD3404.3
M T W T F
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Staff
Canceled

 

Advanced Creative Writing
This course will focus on purposeful reading and developing advanced creative writing skills. Students will read short stories, poems, and a couple of novels, discuss the form and purpose of meta-fiction, and revise their writing through class workshops before presenting their finished work. Students will revise and craft tone so that they can assure a reader, “This narrative came from a living, breathing, thinking being.” In their clever meta-narratives, students will also learn to be mindful not to trample on the purpose, message or content of their stories.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 9 and up in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3406
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Alex Franklin
Closed

 

Shakespeare on Page and Stage
In this course, students will study a survey of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, history plays, and so-called “problem” plays. Students will hone their reading and analytical skills by tracing common themes, images, issues, and questions posed by the Bard in these theatrical works. In order to enhance students’ appreciation of these dramatic texts, emphasis will be put on visualizing how these plays might appear on stage, acted out. Students will not only read Shakespeare’s plays but also watch film adaptations and attend a production at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda. Students will engage with these works through a series of analytical and creative responses of their own devising which they will present to the class. These might include argumentative essays, illustrations, poems, screenplays, imagined movie adaptations, and their own staging of particular scenes.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 9 and up in June 2014. Completion of 10th grade recommended.
Homework per class meeting: 3-5 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3407
M T W T F
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Staff
Canceled

 

Writing for College
Students in this course will prepare for college-level work by applying their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to a range of topics. They will develop research and writing skills necessary to succeed beyond high school, and the will practice writing in the different registers and genres of academic fields at the college level. Students in this course should already have mastered writing for high school and will challenge themselves to synthesize information from a variety of sources in order to arrive at thoughtful and original conclusions. Through focused revision and editing, students will be able to craft clear, purposeful contributions to their fields of study.
Grade requirements: For students completing grade 10 or 11 in June 2014.
Homework per class meeting: 3-6 hrs.
Tuition: $570 · Materials fees: $80 · Total: $650  
SD3409.1
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8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Eva Oliver
Closed
SD3409.2
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1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Jonathan Shelley
Closed