Section: Literature   |   School: Grammar School, School of Logic

Perhaps nothing engages the heart and mind simultaneously like a really good book, and there are just some books in life that should not be missed! Don’t Miss These Books! presents a selection of excellent titles for middle school students to both enjoy and study. This sequence is created for students who are ready to move beyond the grammar stage of mastering comprehension skills, but who may not yet be ready for the rigor of Integrated Humanities.

Don’t Miss These Books: Grammar Level

More than anything else, this course is designed to encourage the love of great books and great stories as an essential preparation for future courses in the language arts (Language Arts 1-4 and The Great Conversation).  The primary purpose of the course is to give 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to explore ideas and utilize their imagination in the context of class discussion.  Discussions will incorporate biblical concepts and principles, thus encouraging students to understand truth, goodness, and beauty in the context of God’s Word.  Some of the books include Little House in the Big Woods, Hellen Keller, and Black Beauty.

Don’t Miss These Books: SOL Level 1

Students will build upon the skills acquired in grammar school, learning to engage the content actively such that they can begin to utilize important tools of literary analysis.  We will explore the themes, literary devices and styles of these books, while at the same time learn to think Biblically about the books and ideas we are encountering. This course is normally for 7th graders, but may be appropriate for advanced 6th graders. Students will read Sherlock Holmes short stories, Edgar Allan Poe short stories, The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain), Little Women, Huckleberry Finn, White Fang, The Jungle Book, Watership Down and Great Expectations.

Don’t Miss These Books: SOL Level 2

Students will continue to build upon the skills acquired in grammar school, learning to engage the content actively such that they can begin to utilize important tools of literary analysis.  We will explore the themes, literary devices and styles of these books, while at the same time learn to think Biblically about the books and ideas we are encountering. This course is normally for 8th graders (or 7th graders who have already completed level 1). Students will read O Henry short stories, To Kill a Mockingbird, Picture of Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Lord of the Flies, Around the World in Eighty Days, Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe and Of Mice and Men.

2017-18 Book Lists: (Grammar Level) (School of Logic)