Introducing Wasko Lit
Quick Note: For those of you who have followed this blog, I apologize for my long absence. I took a full-time teaching job last fall and was unable to maintain my blog work for that season. It was, as it turns out, a one-year stint, so I am back in action.
I started WriteAtHome in 2001 with five students. Since then, WriteAtHome has helped tens of thousands of homeschooled teens become proficient and powerful writers. We have never done anything other than teach writing in that period for one simple reason:
I think writing instruction lends itself naturally to an online format. Lectures and class discussions are minimally effective in teaching writing. Writing skills grow through practice and feedback from writing tutors (or, writing coaches in our case). It is the exchange of drafts with thorough and insightful comments that is the heart of teaching writing. Even though I have taught literature in a local co-op setting, I wasn’t sure how it would work in an online format.
But times have changed, software has evolved, and web connections have sped up to where I think it’s possible to teach lit in the way I’d like.
That’s why I’m introducing the brand new Wasko Lit online literature program!
By “brand new,” I mean never offered online before. I’ll be using a curriculum I have developed over twenty years of teaching weekly classes to homeschoolers. It’s anything but new to me. I’ve honed the curriculum down over the years. It’s both impressive, challenging, and thoroughly engaging.
The courses are for high schoolers, though sharp 8th graders are welcome to enroll in Lit 1. We’ll be following a Great Books curriculum that’s been influenced by the classical education movement in homeschooling. That means we’ll be reading many of the greatest works of literature the Western world has ever known. Not little excerpts either. In most cases, we’ll be reading whole works.
Don’t let that intimidate you though. Have I mentioned I’ve been teaching this stuff for a long time? It’s not just for honors students or future Ivy Leaguers. My great joy and privilege over the past twenty years has been introducing the Great Books to ordinary teenagers. I’ve found they can handle a lot more than what we usually give them. I know how to take kids through difficult texts in a way they can not only follow, but appreciate and enjoy. Believe it or not, we have some serious fun delving into the works of Homer, Cervantes, Milton, and Faulkner.
I’ve even worked with students with reading challenges and learning disabilities. They were willing to work hard and determined to keep up, and they finished the full four-year program with flying colors!
We’ll be using Go To Webinar for the course. Unlike WriteAtHome, Wasko Lit will involve a once-per-week, real-time class session that will involve both a short lecture and virtual discussion. I’ll be teaching the class alongside my wonderful wife, Melanie, who will serve as the course moderator. Her job will also be to keep me from wandering too far off topic.
I plan to write more about Wasko Lit in future posts, but if you are interested and would like more information, feel free to visit the site now:
They are full-year courses and cost only $399, but if you get in early, I’m offering a $100 discount to the first 25 students. I don’t expect that offer to last very long, so take advantage right away!
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have in the comment section below.