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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Recent Alumni Profile: Christa Chirico

Christa Chirico has started her second year teaching English at her alma mater, Villa Joseph Marie High School, in Holland, Pa. In addition to her regular teaching, she created her own course, “Fantasy & Reality,” which she is teaching this semester.

Here's Christa's description of the course:  "Reality vs. Fantasy is a new English elective course focusing on two distinctly different, yet unexpectedly similar genres of literature. With this course, we are seeking to make connections about stories, and to analyze the “real” and the “fantastical” together in order to uncover life’s universal truths. Through students’ reading, discussing, and writing about seminal works of nonfiction (from our Founding Fathers to present-day creative nonfiction) in conjunction with the standouts of the fantasy genre (from Harry Potter to The Hobbit), this course will enable students to analyze their own world within the context of the many other rich worlds that exist between the pages."

Adds Christa, "I'm extremely excited about this class because it gives me a chance to guide my students in reading, analyzing, discussing, and writing about very different texts. I also have found that building this course allows me to incorporate pretty much all of my favorite things in one place (Virginia Woolf! Pope Francis! St. Augustine! The Federalist Papers! J.K. Rowling! The list goes on and on...). If nothing else, I'm hoping my enthusiasm for the subject material will rub off on my students a little bit and challenge them to read more, think more, write more."

Christa (with wand) in her classroom with some of the books from "Reality vs. Fantasy"