Course: The Thought Plickens: Learning to Think Critically

V The Thought Plickens: Learning to Think Critically • Offering for 2017 • Grade 6 or above • Literature Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Alexandra E. Dascalu
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Alexandra E. Dascalu
Classes meet from September 20, 2017 to June 13, 2018
Thursday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Year Only
Tuition: $500.00

* Website
There is currently no teacher website for this course.
* Description
This class is primarily for students in 6th-8th grade. The purpose of this class is to prepare students of a younger age group for the more intensive reading and critical thinking assignments of high school. It will introduce the students to novels that have a deeper subtext, that are applicable to transitioning into their teenage years and in some cases an awareness to social structures in the world at large. In addition to the aforementioned overarching concepts of the novel, there will be a focus on reading for details as well. Students are essentially being taught to be literary detectives - seeking out general plot themes and picking apart the minutiae of character, narrative and historical background.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Weekly assignments will consist of: scheduled reading, short detail oriented quizzes, periodic writing assignments, and discussions on the reading. Assignments will be posted alongside online links to free versions of the stories or a PDF that will be provided (IF POSSIBLE).
* Prerequisites
None.
* Recommended background
Grade 6 (age 12) level reading ability.
* Instructor's Notes
Attaining the reading material form your local library is highly encouraged!
V Textbooks and Materials
* Alice in Wonderland (Edition: 3)
Lewis Carroll Publisher: Norton Critical Edition
This text is required.
ISBN: 0393932346
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
This text is required.
ISBN: 055321313X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* Swallows and Amazons (Edition: 2)
Arthur Ransome Publisher: David R. Godine Publishing
This text is required.
ISBN: 1567924204
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics
This text is required.
ISBN: 014310733X
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* The Jungle Books
Rudyard Kipling Publisher: Oxford World Classics
This text is required.
ISBN: 0199536457
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* The Prince and the Pauper
Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics
This text is required.
ISBN: 0140436693
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* The Princess and Curdie
George MacDonald Publisher: Create Space Publishing
This text is required.
ISBN: 1495258564
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth George Speare Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
This text is required.
ISBN: 0547550294
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson Publisher: Modern Library Classics
This text is required.
ISBN: 0375756825
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.
* Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame Publisher: Modern Library
This text is required.
ISBN: 0812973658
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: If possible there will be an online or PDF version available as well and posted to the website. If you are having trouble finding the edition, please contact me.


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