Classic Novel

This course introduces young readers to the narrative, vocabulary and style found in classic literature. Students will be asked to read 25-30 pages per week. In class, we will discuss the reading, focusing on story elements including: narrative point-of-view, setting, characters, theme, tone, figurative language and imagery. We’ll also focus on decoding unfamiliar vocabulary words as used in context.

These literary topics of analysis will be treated at grade level. This class is meant to introduce the concept of analysis (in reading and writing) to students.

Students will be given short in-class written assignments (usually one paragraph) each week.

We will read one of the following:

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

These classes are to be taught to age/grade rather than reading level, as sometimes reading level outstrips a child’s developmental ability to truly comprehend what he/she reads. A child that can decipher the words of certain texts might not be old enough to fully grasp the meaning of that same text.

Once a child is registered for the class, the child or parent may submit a list of top three books of interest from the class list. I will do my best to offer the most popular book from participants’ selected titles. Other texts will be selected for future iterations of these classes.

Your Instructor

Martha Mendenhall
Martha MendenhallB.A. English
Specialization: English, Writing, History, Literacy