Short Story Series: Jack London$15
About this course
Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 10-17. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.
Start Date: Course consists of 1 lesson plan. Students will have two weeks to complete the course. No live classes – view the lessons on YOUR schedule.
Space Available: This class is not currently open for enrollment. Please join our mailing list to be notified when it opens again.
What is the difference between a short story and a novel (other than the length)? How can the shorter form help a writer focus closely on plot and action? How can a writer make their readers care about the characters they have created without the extra room of a longer novel? In this course, we will read one short story from a single American writer, Jack London. We will make comparisons between this short story and a larger novel of the author’s work to find common themes in the writer’s work. Students will learn how the short story form has shaped the history of modern literature, and we will look at examples of short stories that have enabled the writer to comment on their own culture and on the events of the world around them.
HOW THIS CLASS WORKS:
This course will focus heavily on reading, and full copies of stories we will cover will be provided for students to read on their own.
Assignments contain multiple options for creative and/or analytical responses to the readings, including: quizzes for basic reading comprehension, creative visual projects to depict scenes from each story, and analytical critiques to understand the literary merits of the writer’s work. All submitted assignments will receive instructor feedback.
In this course, we will look at famous works from the American writer Jack London. The first part of the class will focus on biographical information on the writer’s life and career, and will discuss why this person has remained such a significant voice in American Literature.
The second part of the class will look closely at the writer’s most famous short story, “To Build a Fire,” and will discuss why this story has had such a lasting impact on American culture.
The third part of the class will look at common themes and patterns across the writer’s body of work, and will compare ideas from the short story we read to those found in their most widely celebrated novel, “The Call of the Wild.” Although this course will only require reading of the one short story, students are encouraged to continue reading this longer novel on their own time, and links will be provided to find free downloadable e-books available in the public domain.
This is class is not recommended for most children under 12 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). There will be only one level for this course.
LESSON PLAN: This is a 1 week class. Students have 2 weeks to complete all work. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them.
MATERIALS: This course will focus heavily on reading, and full copies of stories we will cover will be provided for students to read on their own.
DISCUSSION: There will be discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments contain multiple options for creative and/or analytical responses to the readings, including creative visual projects to depict scenes from each story and analytical critiques to understand the literary merits of the writer’s work. All submitted assignments will receive instructor feedback.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes will be provided as a tool for students to test and build reading comprehension skills. Formatting for quizzes is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All quizzes and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.
TIME: In general, expect 1-2 hours to work through the lesson plan, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
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