ALL SECTIONS WILL MEET EVERY OTHER WEEK. You are not charged for the weeks we do not meet.
Students will learn reading strategies, how to analyze, who they are as readers, and how to communicate about literature and life! They will begin to develop their criteria for evaluating the books they read, and they will begin to understand the type of readers they are. To do this, each student takes a turn in talking about the book and the teacher will probe a bit to get each learner to do a little deeper thinking. Because it’s a discussion class, we encourage students to leave their cameras on, to use the chatbox to expand the discussion, and to think about what they want to say before class begins.
Feel free to join us for all the books or just the ones you want. Pop in and out of the class as you wish, or transfer to different sections if your schedule changes. Sometimes students don’t quite finish the book, but they are still welcome to attend–they can tell their teacher they would like to pass on the discussion and just want to listen; however, we also ask questions that apply to reading in general, and these topics can be discussed whether they read the book or not.
Examples of in-class activities are below. Students will:
1. discuss literature with the instructor and other students in a large group.
2. discuss how American literature has changed over the past 100 years.
3. reflect on how literature reveals elements of humanity or the world in which we live.
4. speak aloud and use the chatbox to participate in the conversation.
5. articulate an evaluation of the novel and why they think the way they do.
6. learn how to analyze a literary character.
7. learn how to analyze a piece of literature for the theme.
8. learn how to analyze conflict to reveal character and theme.
9. learn elements of the story.
10. learn point of view.
11. learn how to analyze literature in light of the culture in which it is written.
**Students in Asian time zones** Your Sunday morning classes are U.S. Saturday evening classes.
We discuss the book on the date listed, so students should finish the book before class.
The week starting Sept 10: King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
The week starting Sept 24: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
The week starting Oct 8: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The week starting Oct 22: Little Women by Louise May Alcott
The week starting Nov 5: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
THREE WEEK BREAK FOR AMERICAN THANKSGIVING
The week starting Nov 26: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The week starting DEC 10: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens