This class offers students the opportunity to explore classic works and learn how to respond to literature both through class discussions and written assignments. Students who may be hesitant to enroll in a year-long literature course may find this mini-course sparks a desire to read more often and more deeply.
In this winter mini-course, students will read one novel, several short stories, and a sample of poetry by American authors. By exploring a variety of works, students will see how society is both influenced by and represented through literature. We will consider the genres that emerged over the centuries and the literary devices employed by writers that made their works memorable. My goal is to help students see the power in words, both of others, as well as their own.
Students will be assigned a set number of pages to read each week, this normally runs between 10 to 50 pages. They will respond to the reading in the form of short responses to posted writing prompts, as well as other creative projects that will be described in class. We will discuss each week’s reading during our live session once a week. Student participation during class discussions is highly encouraged. If a student misses a class, they can request a link to a recording of the lecture. Students will spend approximately 5 to 10 hours a week on this class.
Who should enroll?
This class is open to all 9th through 12th grade students. No previous literature courses are required.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Students can expect to have their homework graded before the next class each week. I provide ample feedback on written responses to help students hone their writing skills. I look to see that students have clear comprehension of what they have read and that they are able to clearly communicate their understanding of the assigned reading. I email both students and parents with any concerns and will provide a final grade at the end of the mini-course.
Once a student is registered in this class, parents will receive an email from me. I will provide you with a list of any books or materials that will be needed for this class. Parents are welcome to email me with any questions, both before and during the course. I normally respond within 24 hours.