Reading Like a Literature Professor – Junior Instructor – Summer


    “The static nature of the printed page is entirely unlike the intriguing layers beneath! The multifaceted nature of literature is so deeply inspiring to me. It allowed me to appreciate and fall in love with literature on a whole new level. I am so excited to share this fascinating study of literature!” ~ Kathryn the Literary Scholar

    Enrollment Options


    Junior InstructorKathryn the Literary Scholar
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays, 3:00 - 3:50 PM Pacific - 5/31/22 - 7/24/22

    Want to make your reading experiences more exciting and fun? Want to discover a whole new world of literature? If so, join us in this workshop as we embark on an adventure to uncover the richer elements of literature!

    While it may seem as though the literature is limited to the content printed on the page, literature has many layers. In this workshop, we will introduce students to reading deeply with “literary codes” and exploring the multidimensional nature of literature, making reading a more satisfying and fun experience.

    Topics that will be covered include:

    • Symbolism
    • Reading Actively
    • Metaphors
    • Theme Interpretation
    • Inter-textuality

    At the end of this course, students will be equipped with a fundamental analytical toolkit which enriches their future reading voyages.

    Note to Parents:

    • Our course material is loosely based off of How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, and carefully adapted for a middle school audience.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read instructor’s weekly message and required reading selection.
    • Read any required reading material such as sonnets, poems, and short stories.
    • Respond to a forum prompt — writing at least a few complete sentences.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 7th-grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.
    • Understand parts of speech, parts of sentence, and punctuation.
    • It is recommended (not required) for students to be familiar with the following fundamental aspects of literature: plot, theme, protagonist, antagonist

    Students should be willing to:

    • Complete and stay current on the required readings and activities for the class.
    • Be prepared for the webinar.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.