St. Louis Modern Chinese School 圣路易现代中文学校
圣路易中华教育文化中心
Chinese Education and Culture Center in St Louis

English Reading and Writing 英文阅读写作(Grade 6th-8th)
(RE02A_20F)

Instructor: Andrea V Corvalan, the first generation American and bilingual. Ms. Corvalan studied political science at Carleton College in Minnesota and then law at Albany Law School. While she loved law school, she did not love practicing law and always enjoyed working with students. Thus, Ms. Corvalan turned to education acquiring a MS in Special Education and a MA in TESL - both from Webster University. Over the years, she had mostly taught a variety of middle school and high school social science classes including U.S. history, psychology, and Women's Studies. These classes emphasize reading fluency and comprehension and essay writing. Ms. Corvalan had also worked in preschool and elementary education, taught Spanish, guided a Girl Scout troop, and tutored privately in reading, writing, and in Spanish. These various education opportunities, thus, have given her experience across grades, subjects, and educational settings. Class Description from the Instructor: The Detective Story – I wanted to explore a specific genre with a group of learners. This class will focus on the detective story – specifically on several of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes short stories. We will begin by exploring what is a genre. We will learn about various forms of fiction and their elements. Then, we will turn to the mystery genre. What are the rules of mystery writing? Are the rules rigid or fluid? Next, we will learn a about Sir Arthus Conan Doyle and his fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. We will spend the next few weeks reading various stories featuring Holmes and focusing on vocabulary, reading comprehension, and text features (such as characters, setting, and voice) as well as essay writing. Sherlock Holmes has inspired many modern interpretations from tv shows, music, and art. We will spend the second part of this class on a recent re-imagining of his character. We will pick a more recent novel featuring Holmes and explore how this novel reinterprets the character. As we do this, we will continue to work on reading and writing skills. Note: I plan on presenting 3 newer Holmes novels. I have not included them in this summary as I wanted to re-read / read for the first time to be sure they are appropriate for age / grade level.

Teacher 教师 :  Andrea V Corvalan Andrea V Corvalan
Room 教室 :  Online
Date 日期 (Time 时间):  Sun (12:30 pm - 1:20 pm)
Max 人数上限 :  10
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