Literature & Writing Through the Great Books.
Teacher: Stephanie Berry
Material Fee: $40 for new students only
Day/Time: Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30
Join us as we read from the Great Books series and add in some serious discussions & projects. The Great Books series is taught in an inquiry model, so the class is not taught as much as the students arrive at what is true for them based on thinking about and discussing questions about their reading. In this model, students learn to question the surface of what a story is telling them, and to look deeper into what the author is wanting the reader to think about. Stories like Animal Farm can be read simply as a fable about talking animals that overtake a farm, or students can understand the underlying message about how freedoms can erode slowly; our warning on the truth behind communism. In either perspective, the story is a great read! But learning to understand underlying themes helps readers to discover more truths in history and in life. Students will be expected to read each passage twice prior to class and come prepared to discuss. But don't worry! The short stories range from 8-30 pages long, and the reading is very entertaining! Even students that have only a few hours per week available for reading, blogging, learning about geography and cultural differences, and discussing our Great Books will benefit greatly from their exposure to America's very best writers, advanced vocabulary, serious readings and deep discussions.
We'll read short stories, essays, poems, and works of fiction. This Springsemester we will be reading
Hemingway: "In Another Country"
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Babylon Revisited"
John Steinbeck: "The Chrysanthemums"
Ralph Ellison: "The Black Ball"
Ray Bradbury: "The Veldt"
Flannery O'Connor: "Everything that rises must converge"
Alice Walker: "The Flowers"
Raymond Carver: "Everything Stuck to Him"
E.L.Doctorow: "The Writer in the Family"
Amy Tan: "Rules of the Game"
Barbara Kingsolver: "Fault Lines"
George Orwell: "Animal Farm"
Student perspectives to key inquiries will be posted to a protected blog for the class, so there will be weekly writing assignments. In addition to blogging their responses and any additional thoughts, students will also be requested to respond to other student's blogs. In this way, the initial discussion will start prior to class, and can extend well after class, but can also occur when the student is available. The pace at which we progress through the Great Books will in some ways be dependent upon how well the students enjoy the topics. A minimum of one research essay will be done for this class, but the topics and depth of research will vary by student.