Jr. High Literature The Modern World - Renaissance to 20th century (Leo only 10am) 5th-8th $125
This class is a 2 semester course and semesters can be taken independent of each other.
Recommended Grades 5th - 8th
Duration 50 minutes 2 - 12 week semesters on Thursdays / pay by the semester
Semester 1 Sept 9, 2021 – Dec 2, 2021
Semester 2 Jan 13, 2022 – Mar 31, 2022
Location North Leo Mennonite Church 15419 State Road 1, Leo, IN 46765
Instructor Jenn MacDonald (260) 445-3838 firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Messenger https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.r.macdonald.3 Instructor’s other classes can be viewed at https://www.lifehs.net/store/c18/Jenn_MacDonald.html
Textbook Required This class is catered to each individual learner. Several textbook options are available; depending on if the student needs a simpler text, is on grade level or is seeking honors. Once Jenn sends you the syllabus, please contact her to jointly decide on the best text for your student.
Crafts, activities, discussion, games, worksheets & play are typical classroom activities in our literature class. Elementary classes are not graded, but fun and interactive learning. In our Jr. High classes, we strive to introduce your students to some of the skills of analysis they’ll need in the upcoming high school years.
Covering abridged versions of the classics, biographies and some really fun literature, we’ll gallop the globe across the modern world of children’s literature.
Elementary classes are not graded, but assigned homework is required for this class. To get the most out of this class, your child should read the assigned book before class. It is a big list of books, so every effort has been made to find free online version and you are welcome to check these out of the library. Keep in mind, you’ll need to place them on hold well in advance of needing them to be able to obtain them. The week we read them, those books will be hot commodities! www.bookfinder.com is a great place to find used books inexpensively. In addition, for families with multiple ages of kids in our classes, we use many of the same books in both Jr. High and Elementary Lit classes this year, making every effort to keep costs affordable for families.
Some of our students are “in between” grades. They may be ready for the academics of high school classes, while still missing the fun of Jr. High classes. If your student falls in this category, feel free to talk to the teacher. In addition to attempting a younger class with a more challenging edition, here at Life Adventures, we often “swap classes” to do what is in the best interest of the student.
A note about unabridged versions of some of the books. You are welcome to attempt any of these books in their unabridged form. Two caveats Enjoying the literature is just as important and we’ll need to watch your student for feeling pressured to perform. In addition, know that many of these titles deal with a historical period which had very different attitudes on violence, work, gender, and childhood from our own.
Required Book List
1. Michelangelo by Diane Stanley 48pgs (Used in wk 2 in Elem & Jr. High Lit classes) [6 at ACPL]
2. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb - Read As You Like It
Tales from Shakespeare is available free online at http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=lamb&book=shakespeare&story=_contents
3. It is also available free in audio format at Tales from Shakespeare - LibriVox https://librivox.org/tales-from-shakespeare-by-charles-and-mary-lamb/
4. Don Quixote (abridged) any or Don Quixote Dover Children's Thrift Classics isbn 978-0486407913 or free online http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=baldwin&book=quixote&story=_contents
6. You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century 32pgs (Used wk 8 in Elem & Jr. High Lit classes) [7 at ACPL]
7. Treasure Island abridged FREE ONLINE or any (Used wks 9 & 10 in Elem & Jr. High Lit classes) [10+ at ACPL]
8. Peter the Great by Diane Stanley (Used in wk 11 in Elem & Jr. High Lit classes) isbn 978-0688167080 32 pgs [only 3 at ACPL]
9. You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution! 32pgs (Used in wk 12 in Jr. High Lit class & wk 14 in Elem Lit class) [8 copies at ACPL]
10. David Livingstone – any (online free)
12. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, abridged by Lisa Church or Vogel or any abridged 135 pgs [ACPL 2 copies + 1 copy + 1 copy)
13. The Secret Garden abridged by Martha Hailey DuBose or any abridged 160pg (Used wks 17-19 in Elem Lit class & wks 18-19 in Jr. High Lit class) [India and Yorkshire, England 1905]
*If you have a student with special needs, please contact the teacher directly to discuss how to best accommodate your child.
**All Life Adventures activities & classes require an annual family registration. Once you’ve registered your family, to enroll in a class, pay the $10 enrollment fee and in the notes tell us the name and age/grade of the child you are enrolling. 2nd semester sign-ups will need to re-enroll their child through this process. The teacher will contact you within one week of enrollment to give class details and be available for questions.