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LOGYC Winter-Spring 2020 - Critical Thinking about Writing and Storytelling (10+)

  • January 24, 2020
  • 9:30 AM
  • May 01, 2020
  • 10:40 AM
  • Central Skokie
  • 7


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The goal of this class is to teach students about creative writing and get students thinking about writing, and more specifically storytelling, in a critical manner. Movies, books and poetry will all be covered. Material covered in this class will lean more towards modern stories rather than simply classical literature.

Students will need to be able to do a google search. Students should be prepared to read 20-40  pages (1-2 chapters of a book) in a week, and then write 1 page (double spaced) based upon what they read. Writing assignments will be loosely structured, intended to encourage critical thought. Strong reading skills are a must, and at least basic typing skills are recommended. Students must be willing to come to class and join a group discussion based on the homework and reading assignments.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to think critically and apply basic principals of the humanities. Students will learn to critically deconstruct stories, form educated opinions, and select and present supporting evidence to support their opinions.  

Homework will include regular regular reading/watching assignments, as well as writing assignments not to exceed 2 pages in length.

Class modules include:

The Three Act Structure

Genre: What goes into a story, and how do we classify them?

Themes: The ideas we explore in stories

Tropes: Common storytelling elements

The use and abuse of language  

The differences of Medium, or how movies and TV differ from books

Class materials: #2 pencils, suitable notebook. The use of a TV and/or computer may be needed.


Book list:  

The Princess Bride (Book)

Shel Silverstein's "Falling Up" (Book)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book)

Star Wars Episode 4 (movie)

Students will be expected to discuss their own favorite books and/or movies, and may wish to have copies on hand.  

Teacher: Gregory Wenger

Age Group: 10+

Minimum/Maximum number of students: 5/12

Materials Fee: $21

Fees will go towards photocopies of class materials, and the purchase and/or rental of videos for viewing in class.


Family must register for LOGYC Coop in order to sign up for classes.

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