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 grammar and 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.

Students will read books such as Little House in the Big Woods, Hellen Keller, and Black Beauty.  Please see the current book list before purchasing.

2020-2021 Book List

Don’t Miss These Books: SOL Level 1

This course 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. 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 is typically a 6th or 7th grade course.

Students will read five to six literary classics appropriate for the sixth or seventh grade, such as The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain), Little Women, Huckleberry Finn, White Fang, The Jungle Book, Watership Down and Great Expectations. Please see the current book list before purchasing. (Not offered 2020-2021)

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 books such as 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. Please see the current book list before purchasing. (Not offered 2020-2021)

2020-2021 Book Lists: (Grammar Level) (School of Logic)