Studies have shown that individuals who often read high quality fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them, and view the world from their perspective. That is our goal in this this middle school level class! We will read literature as an expression of those higher things that make us most human: our emotions, our recognition of the need for a moral order, and our ability to experience the beauty of the human existence. We will expand our horizons while we read about world events that we cannot experience, and perspectives that are alien to us, and then complete a culminating project with a world view in mind.
We will spend a significant amount of time on honing writing skills by writing various kinds of essays.
If parents want someone other than themselves to grade their student’s papers, Kathy is happy to do it. If you want to evaluate your student yourself, she is also happy to go that way. The PARENTS should be in charge of the overall evaluation of their students and how they report to their ES, so, whatever works for each individual family. )
Focus on 5-6 Novels such as those listed below:
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (with Google Lit Trip)
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Curtis (with Google Lit Trip)
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Teacher: Kathy Reynar
Cost: Please see pricing chart
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