Exploring the Heart of Literature (7th-8th grades)
Live Online Mondays 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST Dates: Aug. 22, 2022 – May 8, 2023
Instructor: Renee Metcalf
Course Description: Quality classic literature impacts our perspective and changes us. They answer the questions we are most curious about: Why am I here? Where am I going? What am I supposed to be doing? What will happen if I go down this path? In this course, students read literature from a variety of master writers that still resonates today. They learn how the historical events of the time period reveal the particular concerns of their day. Students will discern and examine the worldviews present in the literature. After a better understanding of the ideas and themes, students engage in different writing topics: literary and historical approach papers, essays, and author studies. Occasional projects infuse additional interest in these incomparable works of literature.
Tuition: $59/month or $212/semester
Texts: Introduction to Literature, 4th edition by Janice Campbell Titles will be selected from those listed below. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Walden by Henry David Thoreau Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
Goals and Objectives:
Read and annotate a variety of master fiction.
Explore literature in depth and answer a variety of questions.
Engage in thinking and class discussions.
Conduct mini-research to enlarge understanding of the book under study.
Respond to literature through a variety of short writing assignments and longer essays.
Create projects demonstrating an understanding of various concepts.