Classic Novel

This is a college-prep level class. As in the literature class designed for elementary and middle school students, this course will focus on the narrative story elements, vocabulary and author’s style as found in a work of classic literature. However, the focus at the high school level will be weighted more heavily towards analysis of author’s style – the why of specific uses of the narrative elements listed above.

Students will be required to read approximately75 pages per week. The final class will consist of an in-class writing assignment as a cumulative response to the reading and class discussion.

We will read one of the following:

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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