Great Books / Great Discussions Book Club
Moderator: Stephanie Berry
Cost: $256 or $64/month for 4 months
Mat Fees: $30
Homework: Yes - reading & writing are required of students. Students may choose to write small weekly essays on the reading each week, or one longer research paper on a topic of their choice regarding an author, concept, or impact of the readings that we do.
Join us as we read from the Great Books series and add in some serious discussions. 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. This year, students will take on a larger responsibility in managing a particular portion of the discussion, from providing background information about an author, to providing key questions to consider about the story. We will focus on underlying themes, symbolism, relationship to our everyday lives or considerations we could all improve upon. The Great Books force us to look at the world in new ways, to justify our stances, and hopefully to open our eyes at the plights of others.
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 will benefit greatly from their exposure to the very best writers, advanced vocabulary, serious readings and deep discussions.
We'll read short stories, essays, poems, and works of fiction. This Spring semester will includes stories from Gogol, Anton Chekov, Flannery O'Connor, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Poe, Oscar Wilde and more!