2022 MS105-1 Summer Thursday Evening Class

Thursday 7:00PM-8:30PM 06/16- 8/25 No class on 07/07

 Course Overview: 
This course emphasizes the theme of exploring contemporary issues through fiction; this theme is similar to MS103 and MS104, but takes a more advanced approach in that students will connect literary themes to specific contemporary issues. This semester’s main goal is to help students connect literary conflict to real life in a way that enables them to address conflict with respect. 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 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. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
  2. Shadow Children: Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Book 1)
  3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  4. Rabbit Hill: Lab Rabbits Escape,by Robert Lawson
  5. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1),by Lemony Snicket

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