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Literature: College Prep Must-Read Books-The Pearl, John Steinbeck, Save $10.00.

Brin Lewis
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The featured classic novel for this 4 week course is "The Pearl," by John Steinbeck. Written in 1947, this classic Steinbeck novella is a parable that provides a moral lesson, and symbolic characters, objects, and events.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
  • Students will learn how to read novels in order to understand the messaging of the author, themes, symbolism, and how to read great works for maximum enjoyment and understanding.
Having been an avid reader since grade school, I became impassioned with 20th century American literature while a high school student of Dr. Willis Brenner who taught my English literature classes in my junior and senior year. Dr. Brenner had a contagious enthusiasm for great American literature that I couldn't resist. As a result, I went on to major in English Literature at Michigan State University. I became a certified ELA (English) teacher for secondary school and was quickly found myself disappointed that students were no longer being exposed to works of writers like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Bradbury, Melville, Steinbeck, or many others. It seems that the works of these American greats ended up on the trash heap of the politician's new vision of what getting a real education means. 
Homework Offered
This is a reading intensive course and students will be expecting to read up to 85 pages over the week and answer the questions on a provided worksheet.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
A copy of the book is required. The edition we will be working with is: “The Pearl,” Penguin Edition, on Amazon for $9.69. If you already have a copy of the book your child may use it; it is just easier if we work off one edition, so the page references are the same. I have included the Amazon link for the book below:
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I'm including the following from Common Sense Education assessment :

"Parents need to know that The Pearl is Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck's interpretation of a Mexican folk story in which a poor pearl diver's life is changed by the discovery of a very large gem. This short novel makes an excellent introduction to literary criticism, as the author's use of symbolism is fairly simple for teen readers to analyze and understand. 
A copy of the book is required. The edition we will be working with is: “The Pearl,” Penguin Edition, on Amazon for $10.80. Please buy only the edition recommend, using multiple editions results in the time-consuming process of students searching for passages as we study the book and jump from one page/passage to another. 

I have included the Amazon link for the book below:

Joined July, 2020
Hi, and thank you for considering one of my classes. My name is Brin Lewis, and I would like to help prepare your child for college in areas that are critical for your child's success beyond high school. It is to this end that I decided to become... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
50 min

Completed by 18 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-17
2-6 learners per class

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