2022 MS104 Summer Saturday Evening Class

Saturday 7:00PM-8:30PM (Start Date: 06/18, End Date: 8/27) (No class on 07/02)


Course Overview: 
This course emphasizes the theme of morality. Students will tackle difficult questions introduced in the literature, but applicable to real life. They will practice respectfully articulating their opinions and sharing perspectives in a constructive way. This theme takes inspiration from the “zoom in” and “zoom-out” principles often taught in upper-level writing (wherein “zoom in” is a careful analysis of literature and assigned texts and then a “zoom out,” is an analysis of how the text comments on broader societal trends). The class will cover three different writing styles, thus allowing students to explore various strategies for considering morality through literature. The course will cover academic, creative, and persuasive writing. In addition to in-class lessons students also have access to a library of video lectures intended to supplement students’ learning. Further, office hours as well as by appointment. In preparation for this course, there is a pre-class assignment!

Book List 
  1. Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls 
  2. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien 
  4. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 
  5. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick 

Summer Extra Reading:

6.     Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
7.     It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
8.     Each Tiny Spark By Pablo Cartaya
9.     The War That Saved My Life (#1), by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
10.  Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

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