For gifted students grades 6-8
In this literature study course, students explore the steps of necessary for high-level critical thinking in advanced English courses. They develop note-taking and questioning skills while reading classic American literature. Students can master the art of literary analysis as they analyze character, plot, theme, setting, and tone. In addition, they can improve vocabulary and learn essential moments of history while exploring the zeitgeist of each literary period. The recommended accompanying readings include Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, and other historically significant poems and essays by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, ee cummings, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students also take unit tests, a midterm, and a final exam comparable to high school assessments. Students will discuss what works are worthy of inclusion in the canon, and craft arguments and analyses as they probe challenging concepts themes related to identity, justice, and progress.
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