Distoptian Literature Course
Class runs from Sept. - May
This year long High School Level English class may leave you will chills running down your spine as you start to realize the many similarities in what the authors of these novels warned about long ago! (Advanced 8th graders may apply with teacher/parent approval).
We will be reading FIVE classic novels:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
What Is Dystopian Fiction?
Dystopian fiction offers a vision of the future. Dystopias are societies in cataclysmic decline, with characters who battle environmental ruin, technological control, and government oppression. Dystopian novels can challenge readers to think differently about current social and political climates, and in some instances can even inspire action.
Dystopian literature is a form of speculative fiction that began as a response to utopian literature. A dystopia is an imagined community or society that is dehumanizing and frightening. A dystopia is an antonym of a utopia, which is a perfect society.
The central themes of dystopian novels generally fall under these topics:
- Environmental destruction
This class will meet once a week for up to 75 minutes. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 10:30-11:45.
Classes will start after Labor Day and run through the end of May (possibly the beginning of June). Holidays will be communicated at the start of the semester. We try to follow local school district holidays so that blended families (public/private and homeschooled kids) can all take off together.
As your child's instructor, I am partnering with you to provide this class as an educational support to your homeschool. I will be available Sunday through Friday for support and questions about assignments as needed, even outside of our classroom hours, however I do not check or return messages from Friday night until Saturday night during our Sabbath observance.
The class will provide opportunities for in-class discussions, instruction in several English Literature skills and topics, as well as homework assignments, quizzes and tests.
A grade will be provided at the end of the school year. But ultimately, you are your student's teacher and will be supervising them daily to ensure they are understanding and completing their assignments. You are also the administrator of your homeschool in addition to their parent, so what you choose to do with the grade provided is up to you.
For our first book, The Giver, your child can expect to read 4 chapters a week, in addition to doing some grammar, vocabulary and literary responses. For each book, we will be keeping a reading response notebook. Students will be expected to take notes on each chapter they read, and identify things like plot, character, setting, theme, etc. In class we will introduce literary concepts, and have discussions about the reading from the prior week. There may be writing or other projects throughout the year. We may also have "movie watch parties" either virtually or in person, after we read some of the novels. These movie days may occur on a holiday or weekend, and are optional, however extra-credit may be awarded for writing a comparison paper on the novel vs the movie.
The cost for this class is $450/year. This may be paid in full, up front for the year, or it can be divided into 9 equal payments of $50 each, and paid the first of each month from September through May. There will be a $5 late fee for each week the payment is late. Upon registration, you are committing to pay for the class in-full, even if for some reason you need to discontinue the course before the end of the year.