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Classic Literature: No Shelf Control Novel Study With Essay Writing

In this eight week course, students will meet with the teacher to discuss classic literature/novels/plays to read and discuss through Socratic Seminars and write an essay using close reading techniques.
Dr. Amanda Schafer
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 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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Class Experience

Students will be able to:
     - Read and Discuss Classic Literature during Socratic Seminars
     - Compare and Contrast Writing
     - Write Journal Entries Answering Novel Related Topics
     - Collaborate with Peers to Develop Written Answers
     - Develop a Final Writing Assignment Analyzing the Novel
I have taught many book studies in my professional career (including most 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!
 Reading will be required outside of class time to ensure appropriate discussions during class while some journal writings will be done both inside and outside of class. The same goes for the essay writing final assessment. If the assessment is not completed in class, students will complete it outside of class.
There will be an essay that students can write on any novel of their choosing, provided that they can read it during the course or have read it already. It will focus on close reading rather than research, so that the students' ideas shine. 
Students will need to find copies of the novel when it is decided upon. All copy versions will be acceptable, but if there are options that are not, we will discuss them in class to make sure everyone can find what they need! Most of these books can be found in the library and through various bookstores, and sometimes online (for free). Adams, Douglas - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Mystery, Science Fiction, Comedy Adams, Douglas - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Science Fiction, Comedy x 4 Adams, Douglas - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Science Fiction, Comedy Alighieri, Dante - Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno: Epic Poetry Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice: Romance, Historical Fiction Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451: Dystopian, Science Fiction x 4 Carroll, Lewis - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Fantasy, Psychological Carroll, Lewis - Through the Looking-Glass: Fantasy, Psychological Christie, Agatha: And Then There Were None: Mystery x 4 Christie, Agatha: Murder on the Orient Express: Mystery Cisneros, Sandra - The House on Mango Street: Vignette, Fiction Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games Series: Modern, Dystopian, Science Fiction x 2 Dashner, James - The Maze Runner: Modern, Dystopian Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet: Mystery x 2 Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby: Historical Fiction x 3 Golding, William - Lord of the Flies: Allegory, Fiction x 5 Gratz, Alan - Allies: Modern, War Fiction, Historical Fiction Gruen, Sara - Water for Elephants: Modern, Romance, Historical Fiction Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter: Historical Fiction Heller, Joseph - Catch-22: War Fiction, Satire, Historical Fiction Hemingway, Ernest - The Old Man and the Sea: Tragedy, Allegory Hinton, S.E. - The Outsiders: Fiction x 2 Kesey, Ken - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Psychological Thriller, Comedy, Fiction King, Stephen - Carrie: Horror, Thriller Leblanc, Maurice - Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief - Mystery, Fiction x 2 Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird: Fiction, Thriller x 2 Lowry, Lois - The Giver: Dystopian, Science Fiction McCarthy, Cormac - The Road: Dystopian, Tragedy x 2 Miller, Arthur - The Crucible: Play, Tragedy Montgomery, L.M. - Anne of Green Gables: Historical Fiction More, Thomas - Utopia: Dystopian, Satire x 2 O’Brien, Tim: The Things They Carried: War Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Historical Fiction Orwell, George - 1984: Dystopian, Science Fiction x 6 Orwell, George - Animal Farm: Dystopian, Allegory, Dystopian x 2 Paulsen, Gary - Brian’s Winter: Action/Adventure, Fiction Paulsen, Gary - Hatchet: Action/Adventure, Fiction Pullman, Philip - The Golden Compass: Fantasy, Action/Adventure Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein: Science Fiction, Gothic Fiction, Horror Sophocles - Antigone: Play, Tragedy Sophocles - Oedipus at Colonus: Play, Tragedy Sophocles - Oedipus Rex (Oedipus, the King): Play, Tragedy Steinbeck, John - Of Mice and Men: Historical Fiction, Novella x 3 Stevenson, Robert Louis - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Science Fiction x 2 Stoker, Bram - Dracula: Fantasy, Horror, Gothic Fiction Thomas, Angie - The Hate You Give: Modern Fiction Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit: Fantasy, Epic x 3 Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Fellowship of the Ring: Fantasy, Epic Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Two Towers: Fantasy, Epic Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Return of the King: Fantasy, Epic Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure/Satire Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure/Satire Vonnegut, Kurt - Slaughterhouse-Five: Science Fiction, Satire, War Fiction x 2 Wells, H.G. - The Time Machine: Science Fiction, Dystopian Wiesel, Elie - Night: Autobiography, Memoir, Personal Narrative x 2 And more!
Through participation, journal writing, turning in an essay. If you wish for a written grade, that can be arranged. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents may need to be consulted depending on the students' choice of novel/ play to work with for their essay. It is up to the student to choose the topic of their essay. However, I will offer advice on selecting a topic, idea generation, potential themes in the chosen book, etc. The student is free to contact me through Outschool to talk about their essay within reasonable hours. I want them to feel comfortable discussing their ideas with their instructor, just as if this were an in-person class.  
Students will need to be able to purchase the novel or find access to one through online resources or libraries. 


Dr. Amanda Schafer
Lives in the United States
1 total review
2 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm Dr. Amanda Schafer! I have a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in English and Literature and have been teaching for over ten years. I teach writing and literature at a University close to my home and I also teach a Concurrent Composition course... 
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