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Academic Year 2019-2020 • Grade 6 and above • Literature Sequence

For reference only; see current year course listing for course availability and details.

The Thought Plickens: Learning to Think Critically

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.

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Alexandra Dascalu Nelson

Starts: September 3, 2019
Ends: June 8, 2020

Tuesday 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET

Tuition: $500.00



Recommended background

Grade 6 (age 12) level reading ability.

Teacher's notes:

Attaining the reading material from your local library is highly encouraged! Class schedules are flexible and can be altered from what is posted. Please do not hesitate to contact the instructor to arrange class time. Course reading list will be made up of partially required reading and then filled out with books tailored to the students reading and comprehension level.

Textbooks and Materials

This item is required:

The Jungle Books , Authors: Rudyard Kipling Publisher: Oxford World Classics

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.


This item is required:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond , Authors: Elizabeth George Speare Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

Alice in Wonderland [Edition or Version: 3], Authors: Lewis Carroll Publisher: Norton Critical Edition

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

Anne of Green Gables , Authors: L.M. Montgomery Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

Ender's Game , Authors: Orson Scott Card

ISBN: 9780812550702

Publisher's website: Ender's Game

Best sources: Any bookstore or library

Other information: This book will be assigned based on the students reading level and age.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , Authors: Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

The Prince and the Pauper , Authors: Mark Twain Publisher: Penguin Classics

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

The Princess and Curdie , Authors: George MacDonald Publisher: Create Space Publishing

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

Treasure Island , Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson Publisher: Modern Library Classics

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.


This item is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

Wind in the Willows , Authors: Kenneth Grahame Publisher: Modern Library

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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