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MS Literature Odyssey: Reading the Classics with Critical Thinking, Part One

Embark on a literary journey like no other with this middle school literature survey course! Through engaging discussions and creative presentations, students will dive into the captivating worlds of novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. They will learn and practice literary analysis as they read works of O. Henry, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lois Lowry, William Shakespeare, G. K. Chesterton, and more. With a focus on critical thinking and collaboration, this course offers a dynamic blend of imaginative exploration and academic rigor, shaping young minds into discerning readers.

Total classes: 12

Suggested credit: One full semester of Literature 

Special notes: This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to also register for Part Two offered in the spring.


Learn and practice literature analysis! Middle school students will read a wide variety of literary genres, including the novel, short stories, letters, poems, and a drama. In this high-interest, high-engagement course, students will be introduced to literary analysis and creative writing through the study of literature and the mimicking of excellent written classics. Classroom meetings will include short instruction, Socratic discussions, and practical collaborative exercises.


Week 1: Course introduction; Discussion Forum etiquette; Socratic style rules

Week 2: Introduction to Treasure Island

Weeks 3-10: Treasure Island Socratic Discussions, Literary Themes, Literary Analysis, Discussions of various shorter works

Weeks 11-12: Final Project Construction, Completion of Shorter Works Discussions

Materials and Homework

Materials: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, any unabridged version.

The Father Brown Reader (VOLUME 1), adapted by Nancy Carpentier Brown (ISBN-10 ‏ :0976638673; ISBN-13:‎ 978-0976638674 (used all year)

All other materials will be provided free by the instructor in PDF form.

Homework: Homework will include reading, taking auto-graded quizzes, posting in the discussion forum, and an optional final essay OR PowerPoint presentation. Students can expect to spend one to two hours of homework outside of the classroom per week.

Important Dates

Class dates: Tuesdays, September 17 to December 10, 2024 (No class Nov. 26)

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 50 minutes

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