This class is offered on Outschool.
Together the teacher and learners will explore three different literary forms: Short Stories, Narrative Poetry, and Essays. Literature can seem out of reach, out of touch, and outright boring. But I have found that learners can love literature when they are supported with modeling and aid in analysis, lots of time for discovery and discussion, and a teacher who finds it all fascinating. I love talking to learners about the ways that their interests, experiences, and ideas intersect with literature.
For each author, we will read a short work, talk about their time and place in history, and discuss the genre and literary elements of the work we are reading. Most classes will include a short video, reading the poem aloud or an in-depth story structure and analysis, and then discussion of the implications of the piece and connections/comparisons to other pieces of literature.
If a student would like a half-credit class, this can be accomplished by doing the optional assignments that will be posted in the classroom. Parents will need to assess these assignments and assign any grades.
Unit 1: The Truth of a Story: Short Stories
Nathaniel Hawthorne-“Young Goodman Brown”
O’Henry-“The Caliph, Cupid, and The Clock”
Shirley Jackson-“The Possibility of Evil.”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez-“An Old Man with Enormous Wings”
Unit 2: The Story in the Poem: Narrative Poetry
Lord Tennyson-“The Charge of the Light Brigade”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge-“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
Lewis Carrol-“The Walrus and The Carpenter”
Christina Rossetti-“Goblin Market”
Unit 3: My Story: Personal Essays
Virginia Woolf-“The Death of the Moth”
E.B. White-“Once More to the Lake”
Amy Tan-“Mother Tongue”
This is a discussion-intensive course. All students are expected to interact with respect and civility. I understand that the topics and themes can be controversial and invite disagreement. However, kindness facilitates productive and persuasive conversation.