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Hi, all!

Some folks here on the boards have had a great experience with Julia Denne's Russian Literature classes. She has updated her program and created a new class for the fall:  Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Chekhov’s Annas, and Anna Karenina in Film.  The class combines the elements of online learning and face-to-face teaching through video conferencing (live webinars). Full disclosure-- Julia and I met about 8 years ago at our homeschool coop. Two of my kids took classes with her: one before she moved online, and one just after she went online. She asked me to post an announcement to WTM since she has drawn good students from this group.

This is from Julia:

  • The class is intended for the students who love to read and write about literature. This is a college-level class, and as such it has a corresponding workload and expectations. Honors-level high school English classes or AP English Composition or Literature are prerequisites.
  • The teacher will use her Russian background to provide the students with a unique chance to appreciate some of the pleasures of the original Russian versions of Anna Karenina and Chekhov’s stories that are inevitably lost in any translation.
  • The class will focus on close textual analysis of Anna Karenina and Chekhov’s stories supplemented by biographical, historical, and critical information. The works will be examined against the film adaptations.
  • Students will be conducting a textual scavenger hunt, connecting a variety of images, themes, events, and literary devices, searching for patterns, and constructing an overall design of the works.
  • The new online classroom accessible 24 hours a day will provide flexibility and will make students more active participants in the learning process. They won’t just submit their weekly reflection paragraphs but will comment on the work by the classmates and will ask questions.
  • Synchronous classes will consist of a short lecture by the teacher, students’ presentations, and group discussions. The combination of lecture, presentations, and discussions is a format that should prepare teens for the college environment.
  • The teacher will help students to choose the topic for the final analytical paper and will guide them through the writing process from developing the detailed outline through the first draft to the final draft. The result will be an A+ paper that could become part of students’ college portfolios.

Registration is here: https://bytheonionsea.com/2017/04/20/registration-for-fall-2017-teen-literature-class/ Please specify the day and time of the 90-minute synchronous online session that will work for you. The synchronous session will be scheduled by August 15 based on your preferences. You can reach Julia at www.bytheonionsea.com

Happy Russian Lit adventures!

Maria

 

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We're thrilled about this class (no previous experience w/ Julia, it just sounds great). I really like the idea of focusing on (mostly) one work, for a change.

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We're thrilled about this class (no previous experience w/ Julia, it just sounds great). I really like the idea of focusing on (mostly) one work, for a change.

 

Dd never took one of Julia's lit classes, but I am sure you will be very pleased.

 

FWIW, dd had a .5 English credit that was strictly designed around War and Peace.  :)  No school had a problem with that.  

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Julia is Dd's Russian teacher and though we have no experience with her literature class, I'm pleased with her encouraging manner and follow up emails with recordings and assignments. If we continue homeschooling I would definitely enroll in her literature class.

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I am so glad seeing this post. We are signed up to this class. It will be our first experience with Julia, but we have heard so much positive feedback about her classes (personal and online) that we decided to take a plunge. My daughter will be 15 in September, so she will be on the younger side, but with the supportive, caring teacher, I think it will be an excellent experience for her. It looks like the class is still enrolling, so, even without personal experience, I will dare to say, I hope some of you will take this opportunity and join it.

Irene

 

P.S. I have recently decided to reread Anna Karenina (after 20 years?). And I must say I am enjoying every bit of it. There is so much to this book. I think this class will be great... And challenging.

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I am so glad seeing this post. We are signed up to this class. It will be our first experience with Julia, but we have heard so much positive feedback about her classes (personal and online) that we decided to take a plunge. My daughter will be 15 in September, so she will be on the younger side, but with the supportive, caring teacher, I think it will be an excellent experience for her. It looks like the class is still enrolling, so, even without personal experience, I will dare to say, I hope some of you will take this opportunity and join it.

Irene

 

P.S. I have recently decided to reread Anna Karenina (after 20 years?). And I must say I am enjoying every bit of it. There is so much to this book. I think this class will be great... And challenging.

Ha! My DS also enrolled and also on younger side and I'm also re-reading anna Karenina this summer. Edited by madteaparty
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Julia is my son's Russian instructor and she is fantastic! DS might take her lit class down the road (i.e., 2018-2019).

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