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.
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