Summer Learning Opportunities
Below are opportunities for learning this summer for the Upper School.
The English Department is excited to offer the following opportunities for Upper School students over the summer. These classes are designed purely for enjoyment.
The courses below are open to students in the Classes of 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025.
Creative Writing with Ms. DeDeo
Tuesdays 2-3:30 p.m. starting June 15 (6 weeks)
(1.5-hour Zoom per week)
In this creative writing class, students will focus on finding their voices as storytellers, poets, and agents of change in society. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of genres--including memoir, fiction, poetry, and speech-writing--and gain constructive feedback from their peers in a workshop-style environment. The class will also involve journal-writing prompts, creative writing games, and discussion of published literature.
Shakespeare with Mr. Adair
Thursdays 3-4 p.m. starting June 17 (10 weeks)
(1-hour Zoom per week)
In this class, you will read and view the plays of William Shakespeare. I will give you background about Shakespeare's life, Elizabethan England, and Jacobean England, and we will look at his varied genres -- the comedies, tragedies, histories and romances. We will look to read at least 4 plays over the summer. My personal goal is to help you discover how to truly enjoy and appreciate the works of Shakespeare. If you've ever wondered why he is regarded so highly, you will find out here.
*If you took this course with me last year, you can take it again -- we will have an entirely different reading list.
Hemingway's Greatest Works with Mr. Berman
Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. starting June 16 (6 weeks)
(1-hour Zoom per week)
In this class, you will read Ernest Hemingway's short novels The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. Mr. Berman will bring the world of the 1920s to life for you as only he can. By watching short films, listening to Jazz Age music, and discussing the arts, you can take part in this three-dimensional literary experience. Mr Berman promises to include his personal stories of teaching, hiking, and travel through Europe.
*Students are welcome to take more than one class, but should consider the amount of reading involved.