Literature Study:  Legends In Literature


Teacher:  Ellen Hillman

Ages 10-13


Class Fees:

Winter:  10 weeks:  $285 or $275 if taking 2 or more classes

Spring:  10 weeks:  $285 or $275 if taking 2 or more classes




Our next book will be Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.  This Newbery Honor Award book is historical fiction and is a compelling story of survival.  Young Matt is left alone in a cabin in the wilderness of Maine to fend for himself while waiting for his family to join him.  He faces lots challenges, including loneliness, safety, and ample food supplies.  He meets people that dramatically change his life.   An unsavory stranger creates difficulties for him, and he bonds with the kind and generous native Americans who befriend him.  Students will follow Matt’s adventures and character development as we read and analyze this beloved classic.  We will also spend time learning about the author, the geography of the region, the times (colonial) and the Algonquians( native Americans) of the area.

We will address rules in families and societies.  We will view events from multiple perspectives, and analyze paradoxal feelings of our characters.  We will study this book with emphasis on increasing and enriching vocabulary, refining our written responses to writing prompts, and completing occasional quizzes.

To further our enjoyment, we will make a game, create an oiled paper window craft, and develop a stem project.  Students will be fully engaged in this exciting and wonderful story of survival and friendship.




Children love to read, and that's great! It is even greater when they learn how to apply critical analytic skills to their reading! In our Fall session of Legends in Literature, we will be reading Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Students will find a moving tribute to the challenges of a remarkable young man, Auggie, as he makes his way through surgeries, friendships, school, and trust issues. We will have a bird's eye view of his fortitude and humor as he navigates through these trials and tribulations. Our students will not only foster compassion and a depth of understanding, but they will have the opportunity to reflect on the novel through lively discussions, interpretive written analyses, character studies, comprehension evaluations, and extensive vocabulary development. This book will be paired with R.J. Palacio's 365 Days of Wonder, a compilation of memorable quotes to further enrich students' perspectives! Students will have essays, art projects, quizzes, and homework!