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Historical Fiction: Modern Times (Middle Grades Series)

$249.00

Explore the modern history of the 20th century through the lens of literature! By reading and analyzing historical fiction, young students will gain insights into the post-WWII era, as well as an appreciation for elements of literature. Reading selections are carefully chosen from a list of award-winning novels intended for middle school audiences.

 

Reluctant historians who love to read will find a path to understanding the past. History lovers who remain skeptical of literature study will find a gentle introduction to literary analysis. This interdisciplinary course will provide readers with diverse interests and backgrounds ample fodder for discussion, critical thinking, and creative response.

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Explore the modern history of the 20th century through the lens of literature! By reading and analyzing historical fiction, young students will gain insights into the post-WWII era, as well as an appreciation for elements of literature. Reading selections are carefully chosen from a list of award-winning novels intended for middle school audiences.

Reluctant historians who love to read will find a path to understanding the past. History lovers who remain skeptical of literature study will find a gentle introduction to literary analysis. This interdisciplinary course will provide readers with diverse interests and backgrounds ample fodder for discussion, critical thinking, and creative response.

Books in this series may be easier to read and analyze than those studied in Lightning Lit 7 and 8, but some historical topics may be emotionally challenging for younger or more sensitive readers. LL7, LL8, and Historical Fiction classes may be taken in any order. This literature series complements the History of US series nicely. Minimal writing skills are required.

Topics include:

  • setting
  • plot
  • characterization
  • fiction vs. reality
  • poetry
  • Jim Crow era segregation
  • The civil rights movement
  • 60’s pop culture
  • The Cold War
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Vietnam War
  • 9/11

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.

Required Books:

  • Please note that the book list for this class is still being determined but is likely to include 5-6 books from the following list:
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham
  • The Lions of Little Rock
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • One Crazy Summer
  • Countdown
  • Inside Out and Back Again
  • Nine, Ten
  • Shooting Kabul

Most books are readily available at your local library or can be purchased online. Students are welcome to read electronic versions of books as well.

Note for sensitive readers: This class is designed to be appealing and academically appropriate for a wide range of ages. However, some historical topics may be emotionally challenging for younger or more sensitive students. The fictional protagonists face perilous journeys and some do not survive the dangers they face. Please review the book selections carefully to determine the appropriateness of this class for your student. In addition, if the overall class is appealing but a single book selection is concerning, students may skip the reading and associated webinars for that book.

Topics Covered

setting
plot
characterization
fiction vs. reality
poetry
Jim Crow era segregation
The civil rights movement
60's pop culture
The Cold War
Cuban Missile Crisis
The Vietnam War
9/11

Challenge Level

This is a middle school literature class appropriate for gifted students who can read comfortably at the 6th-8th grade levels. Elementary students who are strong readers may also find this course appropriate.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 2 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Headmistress Guinevere

Reading List

Book List TBA

Usually Offered

Fall Semester

Prerequisites

Student must be able to read fluently at the 6th grade level or above. Student should also be able to write basic sentences independently.


Available Sessions

Fall 2019 Monday 9am Pacific, Fall 2019 Monday 11am Pacific