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Teen Focus 12+

The book was better! Or was it? Let’s take a deep dive into fiction and film to find out how literature can successfully be transferred to the screen.  How does a written symbol become a visual symbol? How is a character revealed in text and imagery? This class covers several major topics of literary analysis and film comparison, while also giving teens the opportunity to discuss the relevant real-world topics our authors and filmmakers were trying to address.

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The book was better! Or was it? Let’s take a deep dive into fiction and film to find out how literature can successfully be transferred to the screen.  How does a written symbol become a visual symbol? How is a character revealed in text and imagery? This class covers several major topics of literary analysis and film comparison, while also giving teens the opportunity to discuss the relevant real-world topics our authors and filmmakers were trying to address.

This is a fast-paced semester-long high school course in which students will read five full novels and watch the films that were based on them in a single semester.

Discussion topics include:

  • Characterization
  • Setting
  • Symbolism
  • Bildungsroman
  • Social justice issues
  • Current events
  • YA fiction styles
  • Novel vs. film structure

Required books and movies:

Please research the above books and films carefully to make sure that this class will be a good fit for your family. We strongly advise parents to be aware of the content that their children will be viewing before signing up for this course and we encourage families to view and discuss films together.

Learning activities include regular writing to communicate ideas via the discussion forum, videos and multimedia materials to support learning, use of web 2.0 tools to illustrate new concepts, and weekly participation in live webinars. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.

Topics Covered

◦What is dystopian literature?

◦Utopia vs Dystopia

◦Compare contemporary authors’ views of the future

◦Characteristics of the dystopian hero

◦Biology, psychology, and memory

◦Government and social hierarchy

◦Symbols in dystopia

◦Freedom vs. equality

Challenge Level

Appropriate for grades 9 through 12. This is a high school literature course open to students ages 12 and up who are prepared to read and discuss literature at a high school level.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Headmistress Guinevere

Reading List

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Usually Offered

Spring Semester

Prerequisites

Any HS Lightning Literature class, or equivalent literary analysis experience. Student must be able to read quickly and fluently at the 9th grade level or above. Students should also be able to write multi-paragraph texts independently and verbally communicate complex ideas with the microphone in the live webinar.

Available Sessions

Spring 2020 Wednesday 10am Pacific