This course emphasizes the theme of exploring contemporary issues through fiction, but takes a more advanced approach in that students will both connect literary themes to specific contemporary issues and be encouraged to consistently formulate, articulate and defend their own stances on said issues. 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, expository, and persuasive writing. In addition to in-class lessons students also have access to a library of video lectures intended to supplement students’ learning.
2023 Spring Book List for MS107-8（7-8th Grade –Term 2）
Book List B
- I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Walden, by Henry David Thoreau