American Literature and Composition Class - ON SITE

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 2:30pm to Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 4:00pm

Announcing an American Literature and Composition class for the 2020-2021 school year for students in grades 7 and 8 to be held at the CiRCE Institute office in downtown Concord. Students will read and discuss some of the best literature written for young adults and compose essays responding to normative issues and questions raised by the stories. 

Class will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:00pm at 81 McCachern Blvd SE, Concord, NC 28025. First class day is Tuesday, September 8th and the last class will gather on Tuesday, May 11th. The remaining weeks we will meet according to the Online School Calendar.

We will read, discuss, and write on To Kill A MockingbirdThe Yearling, Tom Sawyer, and selections of American Poetry.
Writing composition skils will be taught using The Lost Tools of Writing Level I.

Cost: $76.00 a month + $50 registration fee. After sign up someone will reach out within 72 hours to set up payment information through the FACTS management system. 

For more information contact Karen at


Karen Kern: With years of experience as a third grade teacher, Head of Grammar School, homeschooling mother of five, and school board member, Karen Kern has much to offer as a speaker and CiRCE consultant. Mrs. Kern has particular expertise in classroom practice, grammar school faculty development, and the moral imagination. She lives in Concord, North Carolina with her husband, Andrew, surrounded as often as possible by their children and grandchildren.  

Larissa Craft: “You haven’t read that book?!” A common question from Larissa Craft, dance major and journalism minor from UNC Charlotte. She can be found reading, writing, or running in her hometown of Concord, NC where she lives with her cousin and two beautiful, clever daughters. Publications include Charlotte Observer, Niner Times, and Her Magazine. Currently she is a CiRCE apprentice. If you have had the pleasure of reading the same book or watching the same movie as her, be ready for a thoughtful discussion. 

Alexandra Kern: Though she hails from Australia, Alex Kern now lives in Concord NC with her cousin and her two nieces. She graduated in 2018 from Belmont Abbey College with a BA in Theology. She has been working for the CiRCE Institute since 2014 and is a CIRCE apprentice. You will often find her rock climbing, knitting, or discussing the carnivore diet and conspiracy theories with other Concord locals. 


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