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I really went out of my comfort zone with this course and wrote two papers over a 1000 words long, plus wrote smaller papers almost every week. I really enjoy writing now.

AP English Literature

On-Line for the 2018-2019 School Year

Teacher: Anna Rebmann

Email: rebmann_annamarie@yahoo.com

THIS WILL BE A FAMILY-SIZED CLASS--7-10 SPOTS.  THERE IS ONE PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR A STUDENT WHO COULDN'T OTHERWISE AFFORD THE COURSE.  THE SCHOLARSHIP IS AWARDED EARLY IN THE YEAR--PLEASE HAVE YOUR APPLICATION IN ASAP IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED.   

ESSENTIALLY, I WILL BE SUBSTITUTE TEACHING RUTH GREEN'S FANTASTIC COURSE WHILE SHE TAKES A YEAR SABBATICAL, PRIMARILY USING HER RESOURCES.  I ALSO TEACH AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION; THIS WILL BE MY FOURTH YEAR WITH PA HOMESCHOOLERS.  FOR STUDENT TESTIMONIALS OF MY TEACHING STYLE, PLEASE GO TO MY AP ENGLISH CLASS DESCRIPTION. Below is Ruth's class description in her own words!

Course Description:

If you are an 11th or 12th grader who is looking for a highly interactive class to develop your interest and aptitude for literature study, this class is for you! In my course you will learn to appreciate and articulate the subtleties and complexities of language through close readings of poetry, drama, short stories, novels, and essays of the English canon.

Our class has avid readers and competent writers — courageous enough to share their opinions and writings with classmates, and courteous enough to respond to others in a manner which fosters intellectual exploration and debate. We enjoy a lively discussion of ideas, and work towards the effective formulation of those ideas in written form. In this community of scholars, students find not only literature, but also friendship!

There is no required time that you must be on the site, so you can arrange your work around other responsibilities. I am flexible about working with students who have travel or other commitments such as debate tournaments. However, the commitment is significant! A student who can not easily read eighty pages a week will struggle to keep up with the assignments. Plan to allow 2 hours per day for this subject.

Each Sunday I send out a two-page discussion of the literature and concepts that we will be working on that week, and will interact daily on the class website. I am also available through Skype. Some assignments are due Wednesday midnight, with the remaining assignments due by week’s end.

All grading in the course is done personally by me, and not by teaching assistants.

Although the focus of this class is the study of literature, we also prepare for the challenging AP exam in May. You can expect to gain a vocabulary of literary terms as well as a familiarity with test-taking skills and strategies.

Through this course, you will develop independence of judgment, a capacity for critical reading, and a strong, clear voice as a writer. You will participate in reading that fully engages both the intellect and the imagination. By the end of the course, the quality and depth of your writing will have increased and be characterized by confidence and insight.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (available online)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
CliffsAP Literature and Composition, 3rd edition, Allan Casson (optional)
• I supply all the poems, short stories, and essays

COURSE DATES

The class begins August 27 and ends on the exam date in May. 

Fall Mini-Break: October 7-11

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 22-26

Christmas Holiday: December 18-January 14

Spring Break: March 10-14

Easter Holiday: April 14-19

2018 Exam Date: Early to mid May.

Technical Details

                -The course is hosted on a password protected site designed by PA Homeschoolers.

                -The course is extremely interactive.  It utilizes discussion boards, study teams, and an End of the Year Dinner Party to create a collaborative environment. 

                -Students are emailed a syllabus at the beginning of the course and a weekly update of assignments.  This allows them to plan around their other assignments and activities.  Parents also receive the syllabus and weekly updates.

                 -All writing assignments are due on Thursday night at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.  All other assignments are due on Friday.  I will have constructive feedback for the students’ work by Monday night.  In the event of travel plans, students should contact me to discuss other arrangements.

               -I check email regularly--and am available for Skype or phone consultation and tutoring.

                -Students receive an evaluation of progress before Christmas break and at the end of the course.

Class Schedule: The class begins August 28 and ends on the exam date in May. 

Fall Mini-Break: October 7-11

Thanksgiving Holiday: November 22-26

Christmas Holiday: December 18-January 14

Spring Break: March 10-14

Easter Holiday: April 14-19

2018 Exam Date: Early to mid May

Registration Deadline:  Applications are accepted until August 27th, the first day of the class.  However, space is limited.  I recommend that student submit their applications by mid-July.

Application: See bottom of page. 

Class Fee: The class is $650 before July 1st and $675 after July 1st.

Questions?  Please email rebmann_annamarie@yahoo.com.

My Qualifications

I graduated from homeschooling with a PA Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) Diploma in 2009 and received my B.A. in Theatre Performance and Creative Writing from Belhaven University in 2013.  In 2016, I received a MA in Acting from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  I have tutored writing and reading throughout my life.  My students have gone on to thrive in university environments, studying everything from political science to environmental ethics.  I am looking forward to my fourth year teaching with PA Homeschoolers!

In addition to teaching, I am a writer and actress.  My non-fiction and dramatic work have won awards at the Southern Literary Festival.  My plays have been produced in China, the UK, and the USA.    I am passionate about effective communication and the stewardship of words.  After all, it is a part of my daily life!  I am incredibly excited to share those passions with homeschool students.     

  

 

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