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Selected Works of Charles Dickens

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Length:  18 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 11th – 12th Grade
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How to Use This Course

This course examines five classic Charles Dickens works as well as a biography of the author. Taught by Dr. Steven Hake, the Chair of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Director of the Literature major at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, this advanced literature course studies the motivations of author Charles Dickens, his development as an author, and the themes of several of his major works. There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries and a ten-page final paper.

Course Introduction

This advanced literature course studies the motivations of author Charles Dickens, his development as an author, and the themes of several of his major works. There are discussion questions in the form of weekly written assignments for the student to complete, along with one-page journal entries and a ten-page final paper.

The course explores the Charles Dickens’ classics Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, Cricket on the Hearth, The Bottle of Life, The Haunted Man, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and Great Expectations, as well as the biography Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph by Edgar Johnson. Among other topics, the course will explore the role faith did (or did not) play in the life of Charles Dickens, the effects a single choice can have on a life, the use of symbolism and layered meaning, and the way Dickens used descriptions of places to tell us things about people.

*Important note: students are required to read several works in this course as listed in the Course Introduction under the Course Details tab. These books will need to be obtained from your library prior to beginning the class. 

Length: 18 weekly lessons
Includes: Eighteen printable weekly lessons
Age/Grade: This is an in-depth literature course designed for juniors or seniors.

In addition to the writing assignments and biography reading assignments that continue throughout the course, the main reading assignments are broken down as follows:

Weeks 1-3: Oliver Twist
Week 4: Christmas Carol, Cricket on the Hearth, The Bottle of Life and The Haunted Man
Weeks 5-9: David Copperfield
Weeks 10-14: Bleak House
Weeks 15-18: Great Expectations

If this course is taken in full, completing all reading and writing assignments, the course is worth a minimum of .5 language arts credit. If the student explores this course in depth and spends approximately 180 hours completing this course (two hours per day for eighteen weeks or one hour per day for thirty-six weeks), it will count for one high school credit in language arts.

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