Ms. Allison's Summer Writing Projects
Ms. Allison's Summer Writing Projects

Ms. Allison's Summer Writing Projects

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Teacher: Ms. Allison

Hello! My name is Allison Rose. I attended the University of Michigan and obtained my bachelor's degree in English with a teaching certificate in English and Psychology. After graduation, I had the opportunity to work with secondary students (grades 9-12) in both charter and public schools amidst diverse learners where I was able to collaborate with colleagues to develop curriculum in addition to conveying my passion for literature to students in the classroom. At Questabox, I have been privileged to work with students creatively and help them refine necessary skills with writing and analyzing literature. 

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a. Intro to Shakespeare 

Project Description: This course would focus on an introduction to literary analysis, PV LEGS, and presentation skills while having the chance to explore the world of William Shakespeare, the most influential playwright in the English language. Students would be able to work on interpretation of style elements (ex. iambic pentameter, allusions, puns, metaphors/similes, imagery) while understanding the structure of a classic comedy or tragedy. 
Project Unit: Total 16 sessions (Meeting twice a week; Two 4-week units)
 You can sign up for both units or one of them.
 Spots are very limited, so you might want to sign up earlier to reserve your spot. 
   - Unit 1 (4 wks, 8 sessions total): Shakespeare Tragedy 
   - Unit 2 (4 wks, 8 session total): Shakespeare Comedy 
Class Length: 60 min 
Class Time: Tue & Thur 4PM PST (=7PM EST), Meeting twice a week
Dates:
   Unit 1 Tragedy (4 weeks) 6/21, 6/23, 6/28, 6/30, 7/5, 7/7, 7/12, 7/14
   Unit 2 Comedy (4 weeks) 7/19, 7/21, 7/26, 7/28, 8/2, 8/4, 8/9 ,8/11
Grade Levels: Rising 7th grade and up 
Class Size: 3-8 students (Class is open with min. 3 students)
End Production: 
   - Research Presentation on Shakespearean Era 
   - Scene Analysis & Character Report Writing 
   - Virtual Scene Performance (ex. crafting a script and annotating it, writing a
      rationale, costuming, articulation, and performance)

Text Options: Shakespearean sonnets (ex. Sonnet 16), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, etc.

 

b. Behavioral Psychology + Writing Course 

Project Description: What behaviors fall outside the regular spectrum of human behavior? What is a mental illness, and how can it affect people's behaviors? What treatments exist for those who have a disorder?
Activities and Experiments: 1) Color experiment: do colors affect mood? Expriment with different colored candies - does sting a candy in one color affect a person's mood? 2) Research a historical figure who had a mental health issue and write about how they coped with that disorder (or did not). 3) Diagnostic game - figure our the disorder! 4) Learning about different careers in mental health (counselors, psychologist vs. psychiatrists, social workers) and writing a report.  
Project Unit: Total 6 sessions (Meeting once a week)
Class Length: 
90 min 
Class Time: 
Wed 3PM PST (=6PM EST) 
Dates:
6/22- 7/27, 2022 
Grade Levels
Rising 6th grade and up
End Production:
     - Historical Research Writing Report
     - Analytic Report on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
     - Creative Writing Piece 
Text Options: Dystopian literature (e.g., The House of the Scorpion, The Giver, Animal Farm)