Like a good meal, great novels take time to experience. Literature classes, as survey courses, have limited time to explore a novel in-depth. But this class will allow you the time to savor the entirety of a novel.
Two weeks prior to class, you will have access to resources that will guide your independent reading. You should finish reading our chosen piece of literature by the end of the first week of class.
We will explore various aspects of the work throughout the first seven weeks of class. These aspects will be specific to the work itself and will also include:
- Social Influences
- Cultural Impact
- Figurative Language
During the final week of class, you will choose one of your favorite aspects of this literary work, develop a lesson, and teach us to value and understand that aspect in an interesting exciting way.
Each class will feature a new novel. The current schedule is:
- Spring 2019: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
- Fall 2019: War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
- Spring 2020: Catch-22, Joseph Heller
- Fall 2020: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
- Spring 2021: Moby Dick, Herman Melville
- Fall 2021: Silas Marner, George Eliot
- Spring 2022: The Trial, Franz Kafka
- Fall 2022: All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
- Spring 2023: Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
- Fall 2023: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
- Spring 2024: The Old Man and the Sea, Earnest Hemingway
Note to Parents:
- This course is one of Athena’s Upper Level Language Arts courses. Click for more information.