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Exploring Literature

Length:  36 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 8th – 10th Grades
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How to Use This Course

Learning to read isn’t enough; we must also learn to ask questions and think critically about what we are reading. In this course, students will read and examine short stories, novels, poems, histories, adventures, dramas, legends, and even comedy by authors including Leo Tolstoy, O. Henry, Longfellow, and a great many others. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and understand the roles of characters, conflict, setting, and point of view in a wide variety of literature and how they work together to make a great read. All reading selections are available free online.

Course Introduction

Reading is one of the most important skills we can ever develop. When we love to read, the whole world opens up to us. Through literature, we can read fact or fiction, truth or myth, fable or legend, adventure or mystery; we can learn new things or rediscover forgotten ones, gain new skills and hone the ones we already have, hope and dream while striving toward our heavenly goal. In this course, students will be doing a little of all those things as they read selections chosen to take them around the world. They will also learn a few details of some of the authors as well as the genres or types of literature read which will give them a very solid base on which to expand their literary adventures in years to come.

  • Unit One: Short Stories and Poetry
  • Unit Two: Gulliver’s Travels
  • Unit Three: Ben-Hur
  • Unit Four: The Ballad of the White Horse
  • Unit Five: Swiss Family Robinson
  • Unit Six: Emma / The Red Badge of Courage
  • Unit Seven: Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Unit Eight: Treasure Island / The Secret Garden
  • Unit Nine: Peter Pan / The Last of the Mohicans

This course counts as a language arts credit. Students who complete the entire course may earn 1 full academic credit.

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