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Classic Literature - A Novel Study (Middle School)

In this 6 week course, students will meet with the teacher to select class literature novels to read and discuss through Socratic Seminars.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
728 total reviews for this teacher
36 reviews for this class
Completed by 116 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time
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Sat Aug 27

Aug 27 - Oct 1 (6 weeks)
11am - 11:45am

Mon Sep 19

Sep 19 - Oct 24 (6 weeks)
11pm - 11:45pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
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Class Experience

Students will be able to read and discuss classic literature during Socratic Seminars.

Students will be able to compare and contrast the original novel to its classic movie remake(s).
I have taught many book studies in my professional career (including all of the novels listed above and more). I love taking part in discussions and ensuring that the students needs and interests are met as they read. I like to work with students to help me design and schedule the class! I also teach a version of this class with high school students that is quite popular and has good reviews! Please feel free to check it out via this link:
Reading and watching films will be required outside of class time to ensure appropriate discussions during class.
Classic Novels (Middle School) - Completed Adams, Douglas - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Science Fiction, Comedy x 2 Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women: Historical Fiction Babbitt, Natalie - Tuck Everlasting: Fantasy, Romance Barnhill, Kelly - The Girl Who Drank the Moon: Modern Fiction, Fantasy Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451: Dystopian, Science Fiction Carroll, Lewis - Through the Looking Glass: Fantasy Christie, Agatha - Murder on the Orient Express: Mystery x 2 Cisneros, Sandra - The House on Mango Street: Vignette, Fiction Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games: Dystopian, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction Cooper, Susan - Over Sea and Under Stone: Fantasy Cooper, Susan - The Dark is Rising: Fantasy Dickens, Charles - A Christmas Carol: Fiction, Ghost Story, Novella Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet: Mystery x 4 Dumas, Alexander - The Count of Monte Cristo (Unabridged): Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction Frank, Anne - The Diary of a Young Girl: The Diary of Anne Frank: Autobiography Golding, William - Lord of the Flies: Allegory, Fiction x 2 Hawking, Stephen - My Brief History: Autobiography Hiassen, Carl - Squirm: Modern Fiction, Mystery, Comedy Holm, Anne - I am David: Historical Fiction Homer - The Iliad - Epic Poetry L’Engle, Madeleine - A Wrinkle in Time: Fantasy, Science Fiction x 2 Law, Ingrid - Savvy: Modern Fiction, Fantasy Leblanc, Maurice - Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief - Mystery, Fiction LeGuin, Ursula K. - A Wizard of Earthsea: Fantasy Lewis, C.S. - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Fantasy Lofting, Hugh - The Story of Dr. Dolittle: Fiction, Fantasy London, Jack - The Call of the Wild: Action/Adventure x 2 Lowry, Lois - The Giver: Dystopian, Science Fiction x 4 Martel, Yann - Life of Pi: Action/Adventure Montgomery, L.M. - Anne of Green Gables: Historical Fiction x 2 Palacio, R. J. - Wonder: Fiction Paterson, Katherine - Bridge to Terabithia: Fiction Patterson, James - Word of Mouse: Modern Fiction Pattillo Beals, Melba - Warriors Don’t Cry: Autobiography Paulsen, Gary - Hatchet: Action/Adventure, Fiction x 3 Raskin, Ellen - The Westing Game: Mystery Speare, Elizabeth George - The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Historical Fiction x 2 Steinbeck, John - The Pearl: Historical Fiction, Novella Stevenson, Robert Louis - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Science Fiction Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit: Fantasy, Epic x 2 Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Fellowship of the Ring: Fantasy, Epic Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure/Satire Tzu, Sun - The Art of War: Self-Help, Military Verne, Jules - Around the World in 80 Days: Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction x 2 Verne, Jules - Journey to the Center of the Earth: Science Fiction, Action/Adventure Weir, Andy - The Martian: Science Fiction Wells, H.G. - The Time Machine: Science Fiction, Dystopian x 3 Wells, H.G. - The War of the Worlds: Science Fiction Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief: Historical Fiction
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be allowed to select a modern novel AFTER a classic if they would like and if the classic novel will not need a full six weeks to read, discuss, and analyze. We will spend more time on the classic, however. The purpose behind this is to show kids that deep discussions and literary analysis can be done on modern novels as well. The same skills will be applied to the modern novel as the classic novel. Another reason for this decision is to provide students the opportunity to read, read, read! I am a firm believer that the more students read, the more comfortable they will be and the more they will learn to love reading. If they are reading more than one novel, how awesome is that! If you have any questions, please let me know!
Here are a couple of lists of classic novels you can look into reading:
          - Not all on this list are classic so be careful with it


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
728 total reviews
457 completed classes

About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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