High School English: Read Literature Like a Professor
An engaging semester course of literary analysis and critical thinking that will prepare high school learners for college-level literature and university study. #academic
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 12 weeks
30 minutes per class
Whether you’re a high schooler preparing for college and university or someone who just wants to understand the deeper meaning behind great literature, this is the course for you! Using Thomas C. Foster’s classic guide, 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝑳𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒓, we will learn to read great books together with the eye of someone who has been trained to search for deeper literary meanings woven into texts. We’ll begin to recognize symbols, themes, and contexts and come away from the course with...
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn to recognize symbols, themes, and contexts of world literature.
Learners will need to read the assigned chapters each week so that we can discuss what we have read. Typically, we read 3-4 chapters per week. I will provide a note-taking handout so learners can take notes as they read and in our class discussions each week.
You will need your own copy of Thomas C. Foster's 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝑳𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒓. There is a revised edition (2014) that is preferable, but either edition is fine. You will also need to print out the student note handout.
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
We will be watching brief scenes from a variety of movies, some of which contain language. I always communicate that the use of swear words is not appropriate in the classroom setting, but if you and your learner are sensitive to strong language, just note that it will sometimes appear in clips we watch together. There will NOT be overtly violent or sexual content in videos we view. Chapter 17 (week 6) discusses the fact that authors of world literature often use sex as a theme. I will not be giving details but will instruct learners that as readers, we need to learn how to filter that content for ourselves and understand what the author is saying. Please take the time to read the text for yourself if you have any concerns. While the text mentions books with difficult themes, we will not be discussing those themes specifically in class; rather, it is the broader concepts (quests like Lord of the Rings, dinner scenes like those in To Kill a Mockingbird, Biblical allegories like Steinbeck's East of Eden, etc) that will be discussed in class.
You will need your own copy of Thomas C. Foster's 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝑳𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒓. There is a revised edition (2014) that is preferable, but either edition is fine.