Reading Selections

Reading Selections is a college-style literary analysis class for youth between the ages of 11 and 17, a maximum of six students.  We meet once a month for nine months.

Students are given a monthly reading packet containing short stories, essays, poetry, and transcribed speeches.  They read the materials twice, taking notes, select one reading for the month, and create a project of their choosing inspired by the piece.  At the next meeting, students present their projects, and then we discuss and break down each piece, answering questions about each and making connections to history, culture, mythology, and current events.  At the end of the “school year,” I provide each parent a summary of the class and an analysis of their child’s or children’s growth and development in reading comprehension.  Classes meet at a public location in Redmond or Bothell, WA.

For expanded information and an explanation of how and why these classes lead to improvement of reading, visit the supplementary information from a Norweson 40 panel on the subject.

A list of monthly themes and expectations for each year is available in the Three Year Overview.



2019-2020 School Year

Year 1: 2nd week from September 2019 through May 2020 – 6 of 6 Spots Available
Year 2: [NO CLASSES]
Year 3: [NO CLASSES]


$25/month per student or $180/year paid in September, plus an annual $15/student materials fee.

Trades or reduced fees can be arranged where possible.

Resources for Students

Past posts about Reading Selections

Reading Poetry

Taking Notes


Logical Fallacies