2018-19 Schedule and Locations

Mon at MAS

Tue at Eastside

Thu at Eastside

9:00 Multicultural Lit AP Language Multicultural Lit
10:45 AP Language AP Language, cont
12:15 Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:45 AP Language, cont British Lit Multicultural Lit
2:30 British Lit, cont

British Literature & Composition (BL)

Learn about "Honors" option here: Honors Details


Grades: 10-12, 9 with permission of instructor


DOE course number: 23.05200


One core credit


One weekly class at Eastside with two 90-min sections

This is a great class for those who normally don't enjoy literature: there is plenty of action in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Renaissance works, for example. The lit survey covers historical works and authors that every student should be familiar with before graduation—from Beowulf to Canterbury Tales to Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot. Students learn to read, analyze, and write about various styles of great literature, all of which were hits in their time and are still wonderful today. The three-hour class period enables students to enjoy some works that are lengthy and might otherwise be intimidating if a student sits at home alone, such as Hamlet or a British novel. Class discussions often lead into the "great world of ideas," and on-our-feet activities keep the class time moving and interactive. Role playing, illustrating, intelligent games, videos, and group work add variety to text study. The mock trial of Victor Frankenstein is often one of spring's activities. A final research project focuses on a modern author chosen by individual students, who then get to practice creative, visual ways to teach the class themselves.

Text: England in Literature, Scott Foresman, ISBN 0673129225. Textbooks are borrowed from instructor with a refundable deposit, unless students want their own copies to write in (recommended for students who enjoy literature!).

Optional summer reading can add extra credit and cover August classwork if parents desire to start the course before Labor Day.

Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at shumanhw@gmail.com or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time. See current teaching schedule at MargaretShuman.com

Tuition:

  • Eastside - $80 per month, Sept-May
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families who have enrolled at least one student in a Shuman course in the past.


Multicultural Literature and Composition* (ML)

Learn about "Honors" option here: Honors Details


*Class may serve as or be adapted to World Lit, American Lit, Ninth Grade Lit, or other standards. Instructor can work with parents on requirements to fit transcript needs.


Grades: 9-12


One core credit


DOE course codes: 23.06100, 23.06200, 23.06700*

One 90-minute class, weekly

This is a great class for students who think they don't like English classes, and/or students who are up for learning a variety of college and life skills in addition to traditional writing and reading. ML is an active class that takes place in an encouraging environment. The skills of literary analysis, writing, and speech are taught simultaneously since much of the structure and style of oral and written communication are complementary.

Units of literature focus on short stories, poetry, visual media, and nonfiction, including Outcasts United and Oedipus Rex, teacher handouts, Internet resources, and selected short stories and poems from Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense (ISBN 0155511084). Students are taught the rhetorical framework of fiction and nonfiction, investigating literary analysis skills one can build on for future AP classwork if desired. Optional, extra-credit summer reading can contribute to literature requirements and may cover August classwork if parents desire to start the course before Labor Day.

The composition aspect of the course covers organization and editing skills needed for ACT and SAT essays, college/scholarship applications, discussion/exam-style essays, speaker analyses, resumes, article responses, resumes, and other practical writing. Targeted grammar study is included in editing workshops, useful for those who have a mind for grammar and/or those with an ear for error correction. Teacher feedback in writing and speaking focuses on encouragement and "next steps" rather than punitive or negative assessment. Having said that, there is accountability for each student to grow and work toward his or her writing being able to match up with standard written English. Students often turn in writing assignments during the week via email, making this a part-online/part-classroom experience. Students practice meeting deadlines and assignment details, with penalties (and rewards!) increasing over the semesters. Graded work is promptly sent home for parent perusal. Spring projects include an MLA-style research paper on a career chosen by the student and a formal, persuasive speech.

The oral communication aspect of ML starts with non-intimidating assignments in order for students to build basic communication skills with a group, and comfort for themselves. The class progresses through stages until basic solo speeches found in Speech 101 in most universities are presented, and life skills such as persuasive speaking and communicating in group settings are practiced. We also practice job interview skills, non-verbal communication, small group consensus, and impromptu speaking. Students practice design and use of various visual aids such as PowerPoint, posters, white board, and demonstration tools.

Optional summer reading can add extra credit and cover August classwork if parents desire to start the course before Labor Day. See list and plan here: Summer Reading.

Required Texts: Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense (ISBN 0155511084) and Outcasts United (ISBN 97803855222045)

Tuition:

  • Eastside - $70 per month, Sept-May
  • MAS - $80 per month, Sept-May
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families who have enrolled at least one student in a Shuman course in the past.

Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at shumanhw@gmail.com or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time.



Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (AP)

Grades: 11-12, 9-10 with instructor approval


One core credit


One weekly class with two 90-min sections

DOE course code: 23.04300

Prerequisites: At least a B in two previous high-school level English classes

This college-level course provides an opportunity for students to study rhetorical communication styles. Students who recognize when they are being manipulated by advertising or other types of persuasion, as well as students familiar with debate/mock trial/Model UN, will find their analytical instincts rewarded in AP Language. Much of the coursework entails a study of context, message, speaker, and audience. Students analyze issues and styles in media such as informative and satirical news articles, podcasts, social media posts, radio broadcasts, speeches, political/rhetorical debates, newsletters, film, documentaries, and landmark documents. Longer works or excerpts include the likes of Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Janisse Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and George Orwell's 1984. The main text, 50 Essays, has many shorter works that students enjoy. Students participate in informal debate and learn efficient and accurate research methods and oral communication skills. AP Lang students often practice ways to make their own writing more effective, trying out a broad base of literary techniques used by master writers (devices such as anastrophe, analogy, and the powerful short sentence!). AP test practice prepares students to score well on the national AP Language exam given in May, which can provide college credit.

Extra-credit summer reading opportunities and a formal course description are at www.MargaretShuman.com.

Would you like to meet up and talk about this class? Contact Margaret at shumanhw@gmail.com or text at 678-772-1644. We can meet for a walk or for coffee/tea at a location that works for us both! You can also visit any Shuman class with or without your student, any time.

Tuition:

  • Eastside - $80 per month, Sept-May
  • MAS - $90 per month, Sept-May
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families with multiple students enrolled in Shuman courses in a current year.
  • Take $5 off per month per student for families who have enrolled at least one student in a Shuman course in the past.

May national AP test fee and books not included in price of class. Books may be acquired used or at a special group rate that instructor will arrange.

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