Literature Circle



Teacher:  Simeon Goode

Ages 9-11


Class Fees:

10 weeks:  $287 or $277 if taking 2 or more classes


In this project-based class we will choose one book per quarter to read at home, and in class we will explore the geography, lifestyle, history and more of our book!  



It's Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief!   In this beloved book, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy travels across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen Zeus’ master thunder bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies that are determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.   This session we will not only study Percy's journey across America, but also Greek mythology!  But because this is a Language Arts class, we will also explore sentence structure skills and develop writing in paragraph forms. This class will include several projects, such as decorating t-shirts for Camp Half-blood based on the Greek god that appeals most to them, writing letters home from "camp", crafting necklaces based on greek historical design, and putting on a puppet show of some of the scenes of the book! As students write their scripts, they will get a chance to practice their writing skills and develop critical reading as they reinterpret the scenes in their own fun ways.




Fever 1793​ is about a 14 year old who wants to the Cook Coffeehouse into the nicest business in Philadelphia but then the epidemic of Yellow Fever begins and destroys the lives of many colonials and causes her life to become a living nightmare. Because this story takes place during colonial times students will study this time of our history and the different struggles they experienced in those times. They will learn about the 13 colonies, the languages spoken, how trading became money, and may even watch a couple of age appropriate movies that are based during this era, if time allows. We will be mapping the colonies, creating a diorama of the inside of the restaurant, using clay and paintings, and also studying the start and development of yellow fever. Of course, we will enjoy a Food-Day to experience the dietary life of colonial times. This is an excellent class to take alongside US History



Esperanza Rising is about a girl growing up on wealthy ranch in Mexico. When a family tragedy strikes, Esperanza and her family immigrate to California during the Great Depression. Her family must learn the hardships of poverty and poor working conditions. We will be studying Mexico, ranching, immigration, California farm life, the Dust Bowl and the Depression. We will be completing a country study of Mexico and creating a farm scene diorama where we will be sculpting with clay and painting, making trees and shrubs, creating accessories for our scene,  and designing the diorama!  We'll be mapping the Dust Bowl migration across America to truly understand the depth of this part of American history. This is an excellent class to take alongside California History.


Winter and Spring sessions will focus on two different books to be determined!