Literature for Middle School

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Teacher: Linda Richardson
Date/Time: Wednesday - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Departments: Language Arts, Sixth Grade Core Classes
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
Maximum Enrollment: 20

Students will dive into rich and relevant literature while learning how authors use literary terms and devices to make their writing come to life. We will read a variety of literature including novels, short stories, and poetry. Students will be taught how to craft a literary response in clear and guided steps and how to lead and participate in a group discussion. This class pairs beautifully both with the Grammar and Composition classes for middle school students to create a complete language arts block. Students should expect to spend 4 hours a week on homework. Parents will be expected to check their child’s work for quality. Students who were enrolled in last year's literature class should enroll again in this  course as  all new literature has been selected. 

There is no diagnostic test needed for entry. 

Please have these books purchased before the first day of class (and  put them somewhere safe)
The Westing  Game  by Ellen Raskin    
ISBN-10  :  014240120X

  • ISBN-13  :  978-0142401200

D’Aularies’ Book  of Greek Myths  by Ingri d’Aulaire    

  • ISBN-10  :  9780440406945
  • ISBN-13  :  978-0440406945

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Spears   

  • ISBN-10  :  0395137195
  • ISBN-13  :  978-0395137192

The  Pearl by John Steinbeck  

  • ISBN-10  :  014017737X
  • ISBN-13  :  978-0140177374
  • Students are expected to know how to type or be enrolled in a course to learn. 
  • Students are expected to be able to read at a 6th grade reading level.* 
  • Students are expected to dedicate an hour a day to homework. 
  • Students are expected to have Gmail account.
  • Parents are expected to spend 15 minutes a day with their student to check that homework is being completed, to provide guidance, and to answer questions.
  • Parents are expected to provide needed materials for the course prior to the start of the course.

Tuition - $320 a semester or $610 a year 

Materials/Admin fee: $100

This  class will begin one week early on August 9. A parent must attend the first 15 minutes with his/her student. 

*Email the instructor at if you are unsure about your child’s reading level.