The Notables Book Club: Classic Literature from a Biblical Worldview

$15.00 / week

High school readers discover the beauty and richness of the classics and other notable works, seeking to answer life’s greatest essential questions from a Christian perspective.


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  • STARTS: Dec 8, 2023
  • MEETING FREQUENCY: One Time Every Week
  • LIVE CLASSES: Fridays 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
  • TEACHER: Jenn Riale
  • CALENDAR: View Entire Calendar
  • 25 Students Enrolled


An essential part of high school English is the study of classics and other notable novels. These works of literature may be notable for the longevity of their influence, exceptional quality, contribution to culture, or typical of an era, people, or movement. In this ongoing class, we will work our way through notable novels, and learners seek to answer essential questions from a Christian perspective as they read and participate in discussions.

How Does This Work?

We come together for discussion once per week. This is a weekly subscription class. You are charged weekly. If we have to skip a week (e.g. Thanksgiving), you are not charged. Make sure to check the reading schedule here and in the classroom.

Why Classic or Notable Novels?

The idea is that teens read broadly, deeply, and regularly while developing a Christian perspective about deeper life questions that the Bible and literature bring to bear. The live meetings provide accountability for students to read as well as the opportunity to intelligently discuss literature and how what they read has modern-day applications in understanding themselves or the world in which they live. We don’t expect students to “learn a lesson” from each novel; rather, we want them to think about the issues presented by the author and determine whether or not they agree or disagree with the author’s worldview. They determine what precepts from God’s word help them understand the novel. Students will analyze literary devices, figurative language, story elements, characterization, theme, the author’s craft, etc., and attempt to answer the essential questions according to what the Bible says about the issue.

Homework / Reading Expectations:

Students will do all of the reading outside of class. They will complete comprehension quizzes and other assignments to help keep them accountable for the reading.


The teacher will provide students with an English / Literature grade based on participation in the discussion, comprehension quizzes, and other assignments.

Reading Schedule:

The Week of Sept 10 – Introduction to the course and to Fahrenheit 451. No pre-class preparation is required.

The Week of Sept 17Discussion of: Part One: ”The Hearth and the Salamander” (about 60 pages)

The Week of Sept 24Discussion of: Part Two: “The Sieve and the Sand” (about 40 pages) 

The Week of Oct 1Discussion of: Part Three:  “Burning Bright” (about 50 pages)

The Week of Oct 8Introduction to To Kill a Mockingbird (about 65 pages per week) No pre-class preparation is required.

The Week of Oct 15Discussion of: Chapters 1-6

The Week of Oct 22Discussion of:  Chapters 7-11

The Week of Oct 29Discussion of: Chapters 12-17

The Week of Nov 5Discussion of: Chapters 18-23

The Week of Nov 12Discussion of: Chapters 24-31

The Week of Nov 19No Class

Nov 27Introduction to The Screwtape Letters (about 55 pages per week) No pre-class preparation is required.

The Week of Dec 3Discussion of: Letters 1-11

The Week of Dec 10Discussion of: Letters 12-21

The Week of Dec 17Discussion of:  Letters 22-31

The Week of Jan 7Introduction to Silas Marner  (about 50 pages per week) No pre-class preparation is required.

The Week of Jan 14Discussion of: Chapters 1-7

The Week of Jan 21Discussion of: Chapters 8-13

The Week of Jan 28Discussion of: Chapters 14-21 (+conclusion)

The Week of Feb 4Introduction to A Tale of Two Cities (50 pages per week) No pre-class preparation is required.

The Week of Feb 11Discussion of: Book the First through Book the Second Chapter 3

The Week of Feb 18Discussion of: Book the Second Chapters 4-9

The Week of Feb 25Discussion of: Book the Second Chapters 10-18

The Week of Mar 3Discussion of: Book the Second Chapters 19 through Book The Third Chapter 1

The Week of Mar 10Discussion of: Book the Third Chapters 2-9

The Week of Mar 17Discussion of: Book the Third Chapters 10-15

The Week of Mar 24Introduction to Sense and Sensibility (about 50 pages a week) No pre-class preparation is required.

The Week of Apr 7Discussion of: Volume I, Chapters I-XIV

The Week of Apr 14Discussion of: Volume I, Chapters XV through Volume II, Chapter I

The Week of Apr 21Discussion of: Volume II, Chapters II-X

The Week of Apr 28Discussion of: Volume II, Chapter XI through Volume III, Chapter IV

The Week of May 5Discussion of: Volume III, Chapters V-XIV


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Our mission is to equip the minds and shepherd the hearts of learners. We want them to have saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and then to develop a biblical worldview. This means they view their world, themselves, and God in a way that aligns with what the Bible teaches. This brings great peace and understanding to the believer because we serve a good God who is sovereign.

In this course, we use literature to put the things the Bible teaches to practice in an interesting way. We can evaluate characters, the plot, the theme, the worldview of the author, and more through the lens of scripture.


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