Middle School Literature

During class we will have lively conversations about the key concepts and themes from the reading. For each book, we will delve beyond the reading with enrichment activities such as mock interviews with the characters, eating food from the book, acting out a scene, mapping a journey, etc. We will discuss literary terms and literary devices, search for them in the reading and make our own examples. I believe that reading excellent writing is the precursor to producing excellent writing. Consequently, we will be pointing out examples of great writing, and discussing the elements of great writing. Students will take turns presenting the backgrounds of the authors. If a child has reading difficulties, it is acceptable to get an audio version or have a parent read the selection aloud while the student follows along in the book.

The reading list has not yet been finalized. Books will be chosen based on the make-up of the students. Selections will be from the following categories: poetry, adventure, Christian biography, mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, classics and everyday life of teens. Students will receive a final book list in August. We will read 6 – 8 novels as well as several shorter selections. If you have any other book suggestions, please let me know.

Description

  • Teacher/Mentor: Laura Lee
  • Course Length: Two Semesters
  • Grade level: Grades 6-8, maybe 9th
  • When: Period 1
  • Minimum/Maximum Class Size: 4 – 10
  • Contact: Laura Lee 
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Cost: $75 per student per month
  • Materials fee: Reading books will need to be purchased or obtained from the library.
  • Shelter-in-Place: Same fees apply
  • Course Description:

During class we will have lively conversations about the key concepts and themes from the reading. For each book, we will delve beyond the reading with enrichment activities such as mock interviews with the characters, eating food from the book, acting out a scene, mapping a journey, etc. We will discuss literary terms and literary devices, search for them in the reading and make our own examples. I believe that reading excellent writing is the precursor to producing excellent writing. Consequently, we will be pointing out examples of great writing, and discussing the elements of great writing. Students will take turns presenting the backgrounds of the authors. If a child has reading difficulties, it is acceptable to get an audio version or have a parent read the selection aloud while the student follows along in the book.

The reading list has not yet been finalized. Books will be chosen based on the make-up of the students. Selections will be from the following categories: poetry, adventure, Christian biography, mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, classics and everyday life of teens. Students will receive a final book list in August. We will r ad 6 – 8 novels as well as several shorter selections. If you have any other book suggestions, please let me know.

Tentative book list which I may be choosing from:

  • The Yearling Treasures of the Snow
  • The Hobbit
  • The Hiding Place
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch
  • The Great Brain
  • The Door in the Wall
  • Tales From the Arabian Night
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Just So Stories A
  • Little Princess
  • Vinegar Boy
  • Tales From Shakespeare
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
  • By the Great Horn Spoon
  • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
  • Rabbit Hill
  • The Enchanted Castle
  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Blue Willow

Weekly Assignments: Students will complete the assigned reading at home. As the students are reading they will copy a favorite sentence or passage each week. For each unit there will be a vocabulary list. Students will use the vocabulary words in sentences as homework. A few other, assignments may be given throughout the year including a short 1 page author bio and presentation and a couple of projects.

Bring to Class: pencils/pens, a three ring binder with 8 dividers, notebook paper, current reading book

Class Expectations: Students need to be attentive to the lesson and must participate in class activities and discussions. Comments will be met with kind, encouraging words. Reading must be kept current in order to fully participate in class discussions.

Grading and Assessment: At the end of each unit, there will be a review quiz on the vocabulary and literary terms learned in that unit to assess and solidify understanding. I will give the outcome of those quizzes and other assignments. Parents will give the grades.