Middle School Literature (Lectures)

$20.00 / month

Instructor Maggie Purifoy, homeschooler of her 3 children, has spent several years in the classroom both in Europe and America. This course will approach literary analysis of seven books via lively discussion. Varied writing assignments, including the comparison essay, the expository essay, and the thesis paper, will flow from this analysis.

1 Credit | Grades 7-8

Part of the Compass Lectures Series where expert teachers are filmed as they teach in an actual classroom. New videos and assignments will be loaded weekly. Any homework will be graded by students or parents.

Description

This course will focus on lively discussion as the way to approach literary analysis. We will implement Socratic questioning to generate these discussions, and writing assignments will flow from this analysis. Assignments will include the comparison essay, the expository essay, and the thesis paper.

The number of books will be limited to give us several weeks for discussion and writing per book. The books we will be reading are Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, and The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition, we will be studying a play by Shakespeare and some short stories in the spring.

License: This product is licensed for use by one family. Coop participants must purchase one subscription per family.

Additional information

Teacher

Maggie Purifoy

Lessons

30 (filming in progress; course updated weekly with new content)

Tentative Schedule
8/26 – Course Introduction
9/2 – Johnny Tremain; Writing and Rhetoric Introduction
9/9 – Johnny Tremain; Writing & Rhetoric Lesson 1
9/16 – Tom Sawyer; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 2
9/23 – Tom Sawyer; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 3
9/30 – Tom Sawyer; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 4
10/7 – FALL BREAK
10/14 – Across Five Aprils; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 5
10/21 – Across Five Aprils; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 6
10/28 – Across Five Aprils; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 7
11/4 – The Hiding Place; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 8
11/11 – The Hiding Place; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 9
11/18 – The Hiding Place; Writing and Rhetoric Lesson 10
12/2 – A Christmas Carol
12/9 – A Christmas Carol

Age/Grade

Age

12-14

Credit

1 MS

Credit Amount

Type

Format

Streaming

Subscription Duration

Month

Bio

Maggie graduated from Covenant College in 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent several years in the classroom, including working at Vienna Christian School in Austria. She helped her husband, Thomas, establish The American School of Lyon in France in 2000 – 2001. Since then, she has homeschooled her own 3 children; her oldest graduated high school in May 2020 and will be attending Samford University. In 2019-20, she taught Medieval History and Literature to a class of 7-9th graders (something she thoroughly enjoyed).

LMS

Purchase of this product grants access to videos filmed live in Nashville as well as assignments given to the students attending in person. Remote customers will be able to follow along or repeat portions of the course through our Learning Management System wherein course progress is saved.

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