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Great Books I: American Literature

Grades 10 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2024-08-13 to 2025-05-13
Tuition: $400 / Annual
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
Homework will take between 2 to 3 1/2 hours each week. There will be reading every week and at least one writing assignment for each book. There will also be a final presentation/paper.
Class Supplies Needed
Beyond the required books, students will need a binder to keep track of handouts, writing assignments, and the syllabus. Students will also need a notebook for in class work and note taking.
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About the Course
Great Books I: American Literature

In Great Books I: American Literature, students will read and analyze literature written by American authors from a Biblical Worldview in order to better understand the impact and importance of literature in their own lives and in the culture. This class seeks to bring literature to life, give students a fresh view on the beauty of storytelling, and examine how authors communicate through their works. The class satisfies 2 credits for the Indiana High School English requirement.

Throughout the year, students will review and learn a variety of skills such as:

- principles of literary analysis, 

- identification of an author's worldview, 

- effective essay writing, 

- how to participate in meaningful discussion, 

- and tips for timed writing assignments. 

By the end of the course, students will have read: "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass, "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burrnett, "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck, "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Willson Rawls, and "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok. Along with this, students will read a selection of short readings from authors like Jonathan Edwards, Washinton Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, Mark Twain, O Henry, and Flannery O'Conner. Stay tuned for any textbook requirements or any potential further literature selections. 

Great Books I: American Literature is a part of a two-year rotation. It is open to students 10th-12th grade, is an hour and a half a week, and costs $400 for the entire year. 


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About Christina

Christina is excited for the opportunity to continue teaching at Cornerstone Classical School! She graduated from Boyce College with an Associate Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies in 2022 and graduates in May 2024 from Liberty University Online with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Writing: Christian Literature. She has taught a variety of classes at Cornerstone for the last seven years. She attended Weber School of Dance in Jeffersonville for eight years where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and lyrical dance. At Weber, she also served as an assistant instructor. Along with this, Christina has partnered with Elevate Dance Ministry as an assistant instructor for a dance outreach at Hope Place in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides her love for dance, she also has a passion for creative writing, having studied at Cornerstone for five years and now further in college. In the spring of 2021, she was blessed to win the Home For His Glory Young Authors Contest.

In her free time, Christina enjoys wandering the outdoors (as long as there are no snakes:), reading good books, doodling characters, writing stories and songs, and choreographing dances.

Christina is looking forward to showing others how to glorify God and share his love through literature and the arts!

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