Intro to Literature

Grades 7th – 9th

This 30 week course in designed for middle school students as an introduction to literary analysis. By reading and discussing literature and poetry, your student will become a thoughtful reader, capable of analyzing not just the plot and characters of a story, but the underlying message as well. Through classroom conversation we will examine authors and their time periods, the novels they have written, and their relevance to us today.

Throughout the course we will read a variety of genres. Additionally, students will create a literary terms reference book, a literature response journal, and a collection of poetry. There will be a project and a presentation to complete for the book of their choice. Students will be expected to complete readings as assigned and participate in class discussions. This class is worth 1 credit.

Required Texts

Next year’s list will include 8 of the following:

  • The Hobbit
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Little Women
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Black Ships Before Troy
  • Robin Hood (Roger Lancelyn Green)
  • Carry On Mr. Bowditch
  • The Lord of the Flies
  • Selections from Shakespeare
  • Short stories by O. Henry

Amy Wheeler

Literature Teacher