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 – 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. Normally for 7th or 8th grade. 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 – 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. Normally for 8th or 9th grade. 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.