Literature Plus Courses

Our literature plus courses include a classic literary work taught alongside historical and thematic readings to provide rich context and engaging discussions. 

Literature Plus Courses

Shane by Jack Schaefer

This course creates a unique learning opportunity for students to delve into the world of American frontier heroes. Students will have the opportunity to read the classic novel Shane, set during the settling of the American West, while also expanding their knowledge of American folk heroes such as Davy Crockett. Moreover, this course does not solely focus on literature and legends - students will also be able to expand their historical perspective and knowledge by studying the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. By analyzing the journals and accounts left behind, students will gain a valuable and unique look into the day-to-day struggles and triumphs of one of history's most iconic journeys. This course offers a relevant and engaging way for students to explore the myths and legends surrounding America's frontier history.

8 week course (Grades 6-8 or 9-12)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This course offers a valuable opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with one of the most cherished classics in the English language, Pride and Prejudice. The novel will be discussed at length, coupled with historical readings that will shed light on the time period. This combination of literary and historical analysis will enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the novel's significance. Furthermore, the course will explore a variety of themes, ranging from marriage and social class to life during the Regency period. Pride and Prejudice is taught alongside Aristotle's ethics and a customized reading on Regency England in the time of Jane Austen. Students will have an opportunity to write an academic essay or conduct research, allowing them to enhance their research and writing skills while applying the knowledge they have gained from the course.

12 week course (Grades 9-12)

Dystopian Fiction: Anthem and 1984

This thought-provoking course delves deep into the exploration of two groundbreaking dystopian novels, "Anthem" by Ayn Rand and "1984" by George Orwell. Through a comprehensive study of these literary masterpieces, students will dissect the pivotal themes of individuality vs. collectivism and freedom vs. safety. It also offers a comprehensive understanding of the socio-political and cultural milieu of early twentieth century through critical analysis of these works. Engaging in close reading, historical analysis, and in-depth discussions, participants will navigate the philosophical underpinnings of these works while honing their critical thinking and writing skills. The course aims to broaden the horizons of students and encourages them to analyze the issues pertinent to their everyday lives through the lens of literature.

8 week course (Grades 7-8 or 9-12)

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland has captured the hearts of readers for over a century. This timeless tale has been celebrated for its imaginative characters and whimsical setting, taking readers on a journey through a surreal world that challenges logic and invites curiosity. In this course, designed for elementary aged readers, we dive into the world of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland alongside a selection of Aesop's fables. This allows students the opportunity to explore the themes of the tale in a broader context. This course provides young learners to develop their reading skills and strengthen their ability to interpret poetry and fables, while also fostering their creativity by teaching them the craft of poetry-writing and the art of summarizing stories.

6 week course (Grades 2-3 or 4-5)

Antigone by Sophocles

In this course, students will delve deep into the complexities of the Greek tragic play Antigone. Through careful analysis and interpretation of the text, they will learn not only to appreciate the literary nuances of ancient Greek plays, but also develop a sophisticated understanding of what it means to be a hero. The course also features a customized reading on the Greek hero Epaminondas and the classic tale of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
by Rudyard Kipling, broadening the students' perspective on heroism. Moreover, they will examine the historical context of the Ancient Greek world to gain a deeper appreciation of the play's themes and motifs. The course culminates with writing assignments that integrate all three readings.

8 week course (Grades 7-8 or 9-12)

The Odyssey by Homer

This course invites students on an immersive exploration of one of the ancient world's most celebrated literary works: The Odyssey. With a focus on the Mycenaean period, the course delves into the historical context underpinning this classic text. Along the way, students will embark on an exciting journey of discovery, including captivating stories of heroic survival like those of Perseus and the Gorgon, and the legendary explorer Robert Shackleton. Through a range of unique resources that include historical documents, mythology, and of course, The Odyssey itself, students will gain a deep understanding of this timeless tale. Engaging discussions and opportunities to write make this course both enriching and stimulating.

8 week course (Grades 6-8 or 9-12)

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Literature Plus

Grades 2-5 (6 weeks)

Literature Plus

Grades 6-8 (8 weeks)

Literature Plus

Grads 9-12 (8 weeks)

Literature Plus

Grades 9-12 (12 weeks)






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