Intro to Literature Course Description


What does it cover?

Reading for fun and reading for school often seem to be completely different activities. This year-long course aims to introduce students to literary terms, evaluation, and discussion while reading a variety of enjoyable books written for young adults. The goal of the reading list is for students to be challenged in how they process what they read, but not bogged down in the reading itself. The stories will be gripping, leaving students energized and excited for learning how to categorize, understand, and analyze literary styles, genres, and characters.

 The course will explore a variety of genres including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, mystery, poetry, drama, and more. The book list includes classics from J.R. R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as more recent authors and numerous Newberry Award winners. 

 Who is it for?

This course is geared toward 7th-8th graders who enjoy reading. Each student will be encouraged to participate in class, and will be evaluated based on participation as well as other assignments including a weekly homework sheet, short writing assignments, reading quizzes, and projects.

 How does it work? 

Class meets once per week for two hours. Along with the reading assignments, students are provided with a homework exercise to help prepare for class, and take frequent quizzes to encourage careful reading. Writing assignments and homework sheets are returned with teacher feedback.  Students and parents can check their progress and grades online throughout the semester (grades are updated monthly).  

This class is taught by tutor Emily Skiles

 Class Time: Thursdays from 9am-11am Mountain (8-10 Pacific, 10-12 Central, 11-1 Eastern). Begins September 1st. 

The cost for this 33-week course is $500.

I just wanted let you know how much my son has been enjoying your class and what a great job I think you are doing.  We are struggling with getting feedback at all with another on-line class he is doing which is really making me appreciate your lit class even more. 

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Required Texts

The following titles are required for this class. You may use other editions if you have them. I have tried to link low-cost editions, but all of these titles should also be available in your local library. Note: the book list will be finalized one month prior to the start of class.