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The Road by Cormac McCarthy - A Post-Apocalyptic and Current Events Novel Study

In this six-week course, students will participate in Socratic Seminars while reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy; we will focus on symbolism, theme, character development, and more while studying other literature, art, and modern events.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
811 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
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$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
40 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will be able to: 
     - Read The Road by Cormac McCarthy
     - Participate in a Discussion 
     - Focus on Analyzing a Novel 
     - Understand the Relationship to Current Events
     - Discuss Current Even Topics 
     - Examine Writing Style 
     - Investigate the Messages 
     - Identify How the Novel Relates to Current Events
     - Introduce the Novel and Author
     - Discuss the Pulitzer Prize, Its Importance, and Its Qualifications
     - Identify Relevant Topics of the Novel
          - Circumstances of a Post-Apocalyptic World
     - Define Literary Devices for Our Discussions and Analysis
     - Examine Character, Setting, and Conflict
     - Understand the Plot and Its Complexities
     - Analyze the Theme and Message
     - Distinguish Between Traditional Symbolism and the Novel's Symbolism
I am a professional Middle School and High School teacher and have taught for more than 7 years. I have taught this novel multiple times on Outschool and once through public school as well. Below is a link to the course where I have run this course as a part of the novel studies that I run here. I am also a part of a local book discussion group and we have studied this novel before as well. If you have questions, please let me know! 
All reading will need to be completed outside of class. While we will be discussing things in class, the only work outside of class will be reading. 
Students will need to get a copy of the novel so that they can use it to read and to bring to class each week.
While there is not an essay that is built into this class, I am happy to provide essay prompts if you ask for them!
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please make sure to read the parental guide for The Road. The book can be quite intense and has violence, sexuality, and post-apocalyptic topics which can be intense. Please make sure to be aware of the topics so that you can make an informed decision. Please let me know if you have any questions!


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
811 total reviews
563 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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