In this year-long study devoted to literary analysis, we will spend six weeks each diving deeply into five literary classics, including one play. Students may choose to enroll in fall and/or spring semesters.
*Grade Interest Levels of each selection can be found on Scholastic, however, they range from grade 3 to grade 12! Some novels do have more mature themes; you know your children best, so plan accordingly.
Fall 2016 (12 weeks with live meetings on Thursdays at 11 am ET, Sept. 15 - Dec. 8)
No class Thanksgiving, 11/24
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley + *related reading
(The 1818 edition is often preferred in academia, however, we'll be using the revised 1831 edition for purposes of this class.)
*Related reading for this novel will be poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, and Edgar Allan Poe. Bonus for Mosaic students: a possible Halloween-time field trip to enjoy Poe's work at Poe Evermore!
Animal Farm by George Orwell + related reading (poetry by Matthew Arnold and selected fables from Aesop)
Spring 2017 (18 weeks with live meetings on Thursdays at 11 am ET, Jan. 5 - May 18)
No class Winter Break, 2/16; Spring Break, 4/6
The Call of the Wild by Jack London + related reading
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, translated by Anthony Burgess + related reading
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
*Selections represent a carefully selected, eclectic sampling of classic Western literature.
Language of instruction: English