Women Authors – Ind. Study
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Women Authors – Ind. Study

In many traditional literature classes, women authors are squeezed in where they can be and are, therefore, a bit neglected in study. In this independent study opportunity, students will choose pieces from women authors to read and analyze. Thought should be given to social and historical context, author biography, use of literary devices, etc. Pieces to be read will need to be approved by the instructor before the semester begins, and guidance in selection can be given if needed. Students should know how to write a standard 5 paragraph essay in MLA format as 3 papers will be required. If a student has advanced writing ability, research papers or longer papers can be incorporated. Students will meet with the instructor before a paper is started.

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Jess Woods graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Education. Upon graduating she taught in a public high school for three years before deciding to stay home with her children.  Since 2013, she has been teaching middle school and high school English courses online.  Jess is a life-long reader and writer.  She comes alive in the company of words and music, and she has a passion for literature that reaches through every part of her being.  She believes wholeheartedly that each person has a relevant voice and perspective, and she eagerly teaches her students to embrace their individual voices by exploring their own thoughts and learning to confidently articulate them.  It is her desire to encourage growth in all students (regardless of their love for English courses…or lack thereof).  She considers it a tremendous success if she can awaken a love of literature and/or composition in her students. Jess currently resides in Alabama with her pastor-husband, Josh.  The couple has three children, two dogs, and two cats.  While reading and writing are clearly on the top of her hobby list, Jess also enjoys all things musical, cooking competition shows, hiking, running, and traveling.

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