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Reading Literature Like a Professor
Regina Hutchinson, M.ED
In this ongoing course, students will develop comprehension skills to gain a deeper understanding of any book they read.
US Grade 8 - 11
Symbols, archetypes, and literary devices can be difficult to decipher in literature. However, it is these important elements that allow students to find deeper meaning and understanding in what they read. This 12 week course will use Thomas Foster's book How To Read Literature Like A Professor to teach students a collection of ideas and strategies also known as “the language of reading” to encourage critical thinking to inform literary analysis about short stories, novels, plays, and movies....
1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. 2. Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed). 3. Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
I have a B.A. in English. I also have a Master's of Education. I was a classroom English teacher for 20 years. I have also taken part in multiple professional development trainings addressing cultural issues and how to address these issues as a teacher. Students will be expected to recognize the diversity of opinions and backgrounds of their classmates. The emphasis will be on the literary devices in the story. Discussion is focused on what the characters believe, what the author believes, and what beliefs were central to literary periods of that time. A particular religion or a belief system is neither favored nor advanced. The stories we do read are classics and most--if not all--were written a century ago or longer and are commonly read in high schools. They help students understand the world in which they live as they ponder deep questions that are as relevant now as they were then. As a former public school teacher, I am comfortable discussing topics with courage, compassion and clarity. Parents are welcome to listen in to class or to watch the recording, which I automatically post. I encourage students to talk to their parents about the stories and the issues we discuss.
Homework OfferedStudents will be required to complete all reading before class. The amount of time a student needs to complete assigned reading will vary depending on the reading speed of the student. In addition to reading, students will be asked to jot down their ideas about various pieces of literature, songs, or movies to illustrate their ability to apply what they have learned.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedStudents will be informally assessed by their class room participation. Also at the end of the course, students will complete a literary analysis on which I will provide feedback.
The book How To Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas Foster Paper, pencil, pen
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I will provide the reading list before the start of class. While I have reviewed all stories and believe them to be age appropriate, I encourage parents to read all of the stories before the start of class to ensure there are no topics or concepts that the parent deems sensitive. The focus will remain on the literature and the literary devices used. However, if topics related to racism or discrimination are mentioned, I will direct students to ask these questions or share these ideas with their parents or an appropriate subject matter expert. I will then bring the discussion back to the literary elements related to the story.
How To Read Literature Like A Professor Thomas C. Foster
Meet the teacher
So, glad you stopped by! I'm Regina and education is my passion. I was a classroom teacher in the public school system for 20 years teaching English, math, earth science, geography, and reading. I have taught students ranging from preschool to...
$13weekly or $150 for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
Live video meetings
1-10 learners per class
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