Classic Novel

As in the literature class designed for grades 4-6, this course will focus on the narrative, vocabulary and style found in classic literature. At the middle school reading level, we will delve more deeply into the story elements, concepts and vocabulary decoding as listed in the course description above.

Students will be required to read 50- 75 pages per week. Students will also complete short in-class writing assignments in response to weekly class discussion.

We will read one of the following:

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliffe
  • Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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