Growing Literature

suggested for grades 7th-9th

NOTE: Prior to any of our Growing Literature classes, we recommend Essay Basics or equivalent five-paragraph essay experience.

Old Hebrew Prayer Book
OVERVIEW OF
EARLY LITERATURE
-part I

 

An excerpt-based class, students are introduced to the epic through early historical literature including The Epic of Gilgamesh (circa 2100 BC), Homer's The Iliad (8th Century BC), Beowulf (circa 1000 AD), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (circa 1400), The Faerie Queene (1590), and Paradise Lost (1667). All texts are included as part of the class; no materials are required for purchase.

 

 

Old World Map
OVERVIEW OF
EARLY LITERATURE
-part II

 

An excerpt-based class, students continue a study through early historical literature including an introduction to Shakespeare (1600s), Don Quixote (1605), The Pilgrim's Progress (1678), Robinson Crusoe (1719), The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791), and poems by Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) and William Blake (1757-1827). All texts are included as part of the class; no materials are required for purchase.

 

OVERVIEW OF
LITERATURE
1800s -PART I

An excerpt-based class, students are introduced to primary works of literature from the early and middle 1800s, including poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and William Wordsworth (1770-1850), The Swiss Family Robinson (1812), Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers (1836) and Oliver Twist (1838), Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), poems by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), Jane Eyre (1847), and Moby Dick (1851). All texts are included as part of the class; no materials are required for purchase.

Reading a Book
OVERVIEW OF
LITERATURE
1800s -PART II

An excerpt-based class, students are introduced to primary works of literature from the middle and late 1800s, including poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Little Women (1868) and Little Men (1871); Around the World in Eighty Days (1873); The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892); and The Red Badge of Courage (1895). All texts are included as part of the class; no materials are required for purchase.

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book study:
The Green Ember -- 
Finding Purpose through Story

 

S.D. Smith's The Green Ember presents many ideas worthy of discussion. For this class, students focus on the theme of purpose, that of finding one's place in the story of life. Students will see how main characters Heather and Picket discover their places in the fight against evil and the preservation of good, whilst learning how to spot hindrances to our individual purposes.

 

Optional vocabulary lists will be supplied, which can be further expanded at home as daily spelling practice. 

Required for Class: Students must have a copy of The Green Ember to read.