Advanced Level C: High School Great Books Seminar
Length: 2 14-week semesters
Target age: 11th – 12th grade
(Prerequisite: Intermediate Level C Class or equivalent; writing sample is required. Permission granted for advanced level with instructor approval only.)
This class assumes the ability to write a well-structured, coherent essay with above average sentence structure and a minimum of mechanical errors. Ability to type and access to Google Docs or Word Online required.
Socratic discussion-based literature study of a sampling of the Great Books of Western Civilization at an advanced level of mature engagement with the text. Composition assignments will assume a familiarity with formal essay models, including response to literature, literary analysis, timed essays, research essays, compare/contrast, narrative, and personal/persuasive essays. Knowledge of MLA format, including in-text citation skills, will be assumed. Literature study using short stories, poetry, and novel-length works will provide opportunities for journaling exercises, annotation, and discussion. Focus will be on discussing literature, analyzing literary movements, and writing in preparation for college-level work. Literature chosen for each year of Advanced Level C will have a theme (American, British, World, etc.) and will endeavor to prepare students to pass a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) test. Students should have a strong work ethic and be prepared for active participation in class. This course may be taken more than once, as each year will cover literature from different movements.
Teaching the Classics, 2nd edition by Adam and Missy Andrews
Write for College: A Student Handbook (and accompanying Teacher Guide) by Thoughtful Learning
Occasional use of different Norton Anthologies for contextual material
Student Materials Required:
Write for College: A Student Handbook ISBN (softcover): 978-1-946391-01-8
Binder, paper, tabbed dividers, pens/pencils, highlighter
Copies of chosen literature for annotation
Instructor will choose up to 8 novels/plays per year from this list