Looking for a fun challenge after school?

Heroes and Villains is an enrichment course for advanced learners

Whether as the evil sultan of Moroccan legends, Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth, or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the villain, like the hero, is an archetype who appears in literature, drama, and local lore across cultures and centuries.  
Narratives about heroes and villains are an important part of our shared written and oral traditions. 
Why do we create them, and what do they say about society?

In this writing-intensive course, students explore what it means to be a hero or a villain and how those terms have changed over time. Through close reading, group discussions, and writer’s workshops, students produce a major writing project (featuring heroes and villains of their own creation), as well as additional smaller pieces. Students also learn to distinguish subtle shades of meaning by examining misunderstood villains like the monster in Shelley’s Frankenstein  or anti-heroes such as E. B. White’s Templeton the rat, characters who help students discover that heroes and villains are rarely all good or all evil.

This enrichment course is designed for students who are advanced readers and writers; students will need to be highly motivated to be successful when completing the class.
  • Dates: Class meets every Monday, October 8 - December 10 with no class on October 15 or November 12 due to the Holiday (8 weeks)
  • Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Grades: 4 and 5 only
  • Location: Archer Glen Elementary Room 7 (Open to all 4th and 5th Grade Students)
  • Instructor: Ron Young

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