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Literature and Language: Fall Semester

September 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Monday, repeating until February 2, 2018


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies […] The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Whether it’s reading a book or a comic, learning a new language, or writing a story, literature and language help students to develop in countless ways. In today’s fast-paced world, it is increasingly important to communicate effectively, understand another’s points of view, and to be able to express your own. Join us this semester as we explore the literature and language in 3 different age groups. Last year we did bookmaking, comic book writing, reading and exploring children’s books, sign language, beginner and advanced book clubs and more. Our literature and language block is based on student interest. Families who sign up early will be directly involved in planning and organizing our semester. Even if your student signs up on the last day, he or she will have choice in classes, as our age groups are flexible and overlap.


The 5-8 Literature and Language block is being taught by Nanci Waterhouse. This class will entice your child to love, laugh and learn through literacy activities. We will divide our time between listening, reading and crafting stories and songs. We will incorporate art by reviewing and creating illustrations to accompany our storymaking. We will shift our focus as we move through the themes during the year… Survive: Stories of Adventure and Survival, Express: Self Expression through Memoir, Poetry, Music and Art Innovate: Facts and “How To’s” and Connect: Family, Community and Culture.

Your child will be encouraged to make progress in their reading and writing by asking: “Can other people make sense of my writing?” and “How can I access what I want to know and understand?” Nanci is a trained literacy instructor, early childhood specialist and a fan of making learning fun.

The 8-13 Literature and Language block is being taught by Jacey Hermann. The primary goal and focus of this semester will be to foster an enjoyment and excitement for reading and writing through the use of reading in class, poetry, fiction, and fun writing exercises. Old favorites from previous years will be brought back: Book Making, and Super Heroes & Villains. We will also cover new ideas: poetry and Fan Fiction. We are still working on a way to incorporate some Spanish in the class. If you, as a parent, have any experience with Spanish and would like to help, please contact Jacey. The class will be very open to parent and student input.

Students will need to bring a spiral notebook, three ring binder, or composition notebook to be kept at eNDVR for the entire semester to write in. This will not be provided by the instructor.

The 13-18 Literature and Language block is being taught by John Nilles.

“2017 Aspire Screenwriting Class”: The screenwriting class will have 3 segments. The first is to study the craft of storytelling and the screenplay format. Genre, three act structure, and Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey will be among topics learned. Students will read several well known screenplays.

Second, students will complete a short original screenplay to help them fully understand the process of screenwriting. They will write several drafts under the guidance of a professional screenwriter.

Third, each student will write a treatment (synopsis & proposal) for the third installment of Zombies in Zootown. The best proposal will be “greenlit.” Working in small groups, the students will write a portion of the screenplay based on the selected treatment. Students will receive an on-screen credit in Zombies in Zootown Part 3.

Students will be expected to do homework and to behave. They will leave with a better understanding of storycraft, the screenplay format, film industry lingo, the process of developing a screenplay, how to work in teams, how to receive constructive criticism, and more.

Ages 13-18 Poetry Workshop: taught by Sarah Vap

In the poetry workshop we will read and discuss poetry, do creative writing exercises, and learn to give feedback on each others poetry in a workshop style.  It will include memorizing, collaborating, making chapbooks or broadsides of student’s poetry, and giving some kind of performance, presentation, or publication of the student’s choice at the end of the semester.  We will read and become familiar with some of the ideas and styles of both contemporary and classic poetry.  Poetry provides a condensed and intensive way of studying all aspects of language– to read or write a poem we must think about word choice, syntax, tone, form, figures of speech, music, elements of sound, how to use and break rules and conventions.  And, of course– we must practice thinking complexly about their world.  Including all of us in the workshop.

  • For the workshop bring a sturdy folder that can hold a lot of drafts/copies, and a journal you can use across the course.  After the first class, once the teacher and students meet, they will have a better idea of which poetry they will be specifically discussing.  The teacher will let you know if you will need to purchase any poetry collections during the session.
  • Sarah Vap Bio:  She is the author of several books of poetry and poetics, and has taught at Arizona State University, University of Southern California, Drew University, and the University of Montana.  She has also taught middle and high school students poetry and creative writing for several years in ASU’s Programs for Talented Youth and the Youth Writers Program.


September 18, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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1905 W Sussex Ave
Missoula, MT 59801 United States
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(406) 493-6886


Learning With Meaning, Inc


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