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Course Description

Academic Year 2020-2021 • Grade 6 and above • Literature Sequence

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 7, 2020
Ends: June 4, 2021

Tuesday 4:00 PM to 6:00 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 textbook is required:

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

ISBN: 055321313X

Best sources: Any edition from your local bookstore or library will do. Option for online search: thrift books, abebooks, powell's, better world bookstore, etc.

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 textbook is required:

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

ISBN: 014310733X

Best sources: Any edition from your local bookstore or library will do. Option for online search: thrift books, abebooks, powell's, better world bookstore, etc.

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 textbook is required:

The Illustrated Man , Authors: Ray Bradbury

ISBN: 9781451678185

Publisher's website: The Illustrated Man

Best sources: Any local bookstore or library should have this book. However the chapter configurations does change depending on the publication, so please use the amazon link to determine the required stories.

Other information: If possible a PDF version will be provided.


This textbook is required:

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

ISBN: 0199536457

Publisher's website: The Jungle Books

Best sources: Any edition from your local bookstore or library will do. Options for online search: thrift books, abebooks, powell's, better world bookstore, etc.

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 textbook is required:

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

ISBN: 0375756825

Best sources: Any edition from your local bookstore or library will do. Option for online search: thrift books, abebooks, powell's, better world bookstore, etc.

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 book 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 edition from your local bookstore or library will do. Option for online search: thrift books, abebooks, powell's, better world bookstore, etc.

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


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

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

ISBN: 0547550294

Best sources: Any edition from your local bookstore or library will do. Options for online search: thrift books, abebooks, powell's, better world bookstore, etc.

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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