Language Arts

BOOK IT!

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 10
You’ve written stories before, you’ve drawn lots of pictures, you’ve read all kinds of books, but have you ever made a book of your own from the very beginning? You’ll start by making the paper, then do all the writing, editing, illustrating and putting together. This could be the start of a great writing career or the development of a lifelong enjoyment of the great world of books.

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 8
Chinese brush painting, rice paper, and dumplings are a few of the many new experiences this exciting course offers. Learn how to use a Chinese yo-yo! You’ll see, taste, and hear all about the Chinese New Year and other festivals, learn to write your Chinese name, play some new games, and much, much more. Take a trip to China each week without ever leaving home.

COLORS OF OUR WORLD THROUGH POETRY AND ART

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 15
Dear Diary, During our time together, we’ll design and decorate our own personal journals. We’ll then spend time writing and reflecting on a variety of subjects each week. We will record our deepest thoughts, daily developments, and dreams for the future! This book will be for our thoughts only.

CREATIVE WRITING

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 8
Create a storybook of your own poems and pictures based on color themes. Explore the world “with rose-colored glasses,” create some “purple prose,” and think about how colors have so many different meanings and emotions associated with them. Both instructors are English majors who love creative writing and art.

IMAGINE A WORLD, THEN CREATE IT THROUGH WRITING

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 8
Your imagination creates some of the most interesting characters, from a three-headed monster to a girl who cries flowers. Reading and creating short fantasy stories opens doors to a world where you are in control. Just like J.K. Rowling created Harry Potter and his world and J.R.R. Tolkien came up with Middle Earth and hobbits, you too can explore the unbelievable. Discover where your imagination can lead you!

JOURNALISM 101

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 10
Get the scoop on how to construct a newspaper, from investigating stories to writing and editing them to layout and format.

KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 10
Jousts! Armor! Feats of daring! The legends of King Arthur and his noble knights have fascinated generations of storytellers and their listeners. In this class, you’ll enjoy these ancient stories and then create your own legend, complete with dragons, if you like. Josh and Jon love mythology and legends; they taught a course on Star Wars last year.

MYTHS, LEGENDS, TALES AND FOLKLORE

Grades 2-3   Class maximum: 8
If you love stories, this is the course for you! You’ll learn about storytelling traditions from around the world, including Greek myths, Native American folklore, tales from India and Japan. See how stories from many different places have common themes and characters and have fun with a different craft project each week.

PLEASE PASS THE BEATS: A TASTE OF POETRY

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 10
Poetry is a wonderful way to express yourself, and there are so many different kinds of poems. If you like to write, this is a chance to explore some new forms of creativity: acrostic poems, haiku, shape and color poems, blessing/curse poems and many more! You’ll work alone and in groups and share your work with the rest of the class – just like a professional writer’s workshop!

POETIC LICENSE

Grades 2-4   Class maximum: 6
Explore the world through poetry – you’ll look at nature, talk about people, listen to music, and take a trip to the Clark to see some paintings. Then you’ll use those experiences to write poems both by yourself and as a group. The final project will be a book of the class work, with copies for each student and one going to the school library.

SPANISH MADE FUN!

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 10
Hola! Welcome to the wonderful Spanish language and culture! Learn common expressions and useful vocabulary. Learn about the cultures of Spain and Latin America. All while having fun! Play a game, listen to Spanish music, and work with your classmates. A great class for students who have little to no experience with the spanish language, but have a huge interest! Come on! Let’s make Spanish fun!

THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE

Grades 2-4   Class maximum: 10
Who’s the most interesting person you know? Why, yourself, of course! It’s never too early to start recording your life, and here’s your chance to create a whole book just about you – with great ideas for artwork and a special scrapbook section. When you’re rich and famous, this book could be an important resource for your biographer!

TELL ME A STORY! (a writing and acting adventure)

Grades 4-5   Class maximum: 10
Create a performance from your favorite stories and bring them to life on stage. You’ll learn some fun vocal and acting warm-up exercises, do some writing and editing, develop characters and dialogue, and do lots of acting.

WILD & WACKY WORDS — FUN WITH POETRY

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 6
Poetry can be a blast, as lovers of Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein know. You’ll enjoy the poetry of these great writers, as well as other favorites like Ogden Nash and Rudyard Kipling. And you’ll create your own masterpieces, inspired by ordinary objects, silly subjects, and outside explorations. There will be a field trip to the Clark or Williams College Museum of Art, where you might get a whole new perspective on art.

THE WORLD OF FRENCH

Grades 5-6   Class maximum: 8-10
Have you always wanted to say more than “Bonjour” in French? Do you know where in the world people say “Bonjour”? Learn a little bit about the people of the diverse cities, deserts, fields, and oceans where French is spoken while learning to speak some French yourself! There will be pictures and stories from both instructors, who have traveled and lived with French-speaking people all over hte world, as well as language lessons and an introduction to a few cultural traditions — including some tasty ones!

YOUNG AUTHORS

Grades 3-4   Class maximum: 8
Do you dream of writing the Great American Novel or a scholarly book on your favorite subject? You can do it in this course, where you’ll research topics at the library and on the computer, and then write, design and produce an actual book. Heather and Julie enjoy working with kids and do a lot of writing themselves.