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Middle School LIterature: Mythical Voyages

Middle School Literature: Classical Discussions

“In reading great literature, I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.  Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see… I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”  C.S. Lewis

Class Requirements:
Able to do homework which will consist of reading approximately 50 pages of literature a week.
In addition, students will be required to keep a reading log and write a brief weekly journal entry regarding the portion 
they have read.
Students are required to participate in weekly Socratic discussions of literature they have read.
At the end of each book, students will prepare a project to share with the class. 

 

Literature gives us new eyes to see the world, and to experience the lives of others.   Looking at life through the eyes of great authors and their characters gives us new perspectives on ourselves and others.  We can learn about faraway places and people we might never have experienced otherwise.  Our literary voyages open our eyes to new understandings of our world, and ultimately the God who created it, the Author of all life.

This class will use methods of literary analysis and Socratic discussion to help students learn to think critically about the books they read and how to learn from experiences of the heroes and villains they come to know through their pages.  Spiritual lessons are often woven in the stories we read, and these will be pondered and considered.

All works of fiction possess common components, including the five elements of fiction: Setting, Theme, Plot, Characters and Conflict.  Learning these elements will give students the ability to analyze any work of fiction and gain a deeper understanding of the books they read, preparing a foundation for high school and college.

Students will learn these elements and practice literary analysis by using simple children’s stories, short stories and selected poems, then applying them through conversations about the books we read, answering questions from the Socratic List to guide our discussions.

 

Topics covered will include:

·        Context & Authorship

·        Literary Structure & Style

·        Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Denouement

·        Plot and Conflict 

·        Setting

·        Character

·        Theme

·        Classic Literary Devices

         (Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, etc.)

·        Socratic Discussions

Homework:  Reading approximately 50 pages of literature a week. In addition, students will be required to keep a reading journal and write weekly entries regarding the portion they have read.  Students are required to participate in weekly Socratic discussions of literature they have read.   At the end of each book, students will prepare a project to share with the class.   

Books selected:

The Adventures of Robin Hood

A Door in the Wall

Johnny Tremain

Also a book list which will be announced soon

 

Teacher: Robyn Holcomb

Time:  9:30-10:25 am

Price:  $320 for the year