A Novel Approach!
Reading and writing through award winning novels! Ages 10 +
Teacher: Ellen Hillman
Mat Fees: $25 - includes copies of books to keep
Class Fees: $235 or $225 if taking 2 or more classes
Homework: Yes, both reading and writing. All reading for this class will be done outside of the class. Writing will also be done at home, although some revising will be done in class.
This course will offer students an opportunity to explore the world of literature by sharing and analyzing award winning novels! Through reading selected books, and careful analysis of the characters and themes, students will uncover the richness and the pleasure derived from these superbly written stories. During the first trimester students will get to enjoy the excitement and suspenseful theme of survival in the natural world with wits and wisdom. Faced with challenges such as isolation and language challenges, our stories’ characters will depend on their newly developed skills to survive. We will discuss these adventure stories with our classmates, and organize our insights through writing. By assigning students roles to evaluate the selections, we will have the opportunity to hone our individual writing skills, and create a platform to analyze and share our thoughts. Our class work will incorporate the techniques of literary circles, (using “roles” such as character analyst, passage illuminator, historian, biographer, summarizer, and thematic advisor) as well as the creation of time lines, character studies, and writing about our personal emotions evoked by the reading.
The selections for this trimester will be Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell, and Hatchet, by Gary Paulson.