Reading Selections: Three Year Overview


The first meeting in September is an introduction of the class and what to expect, and the first packet of readings is a test to see if the student wishes to continue. The following months, we ease into high quality stories and poetry, with only a few essays and speeches. The primary focus in the first year is on learning to analyze and overcome any individual challenges each student faces at the start of the year (e.g. public speaking, reading retention, analyzing poetry, etc.). Approximately 10 hours of out-of-class work each month.

September: Entering Other Worlds

October: Death and the Strange

November: The Young, the Old, and the Ordinary

December: Winter Gifts

January: Fighting for Freedom

February: Expansion and the Self-Aware

March: The End and the Beginning

April: Thoughtful Spring

May: [Final class discussion and end-of-year party.]


The second year begins and ends on a light-hearted note, though the months between increase in challenges for critical analysis. More essays and speeches are included, and common logical fallacies will be explored when exploring the non-fiction. Students will have a moderate course load and will be expected to be comfortable with the routines of the class by second year (unless they did not attend Year One). Approximately 12 hours of out-of-class work each month.

September: Autumn Gold

October: Magic and the Afterlife

November: Critical Review

December: The Cold, Child, and Wild of Winter

January: Science Fiction’s Art and Future

February: The Romantic Heart

March:  Innocence and Inventions

April: Spring Fools

May: [Final class discussion and end-of-year party.]



Third year will have a heavier course load, and tackle more difficult subjects than in the previous years. Greater focus on social issues in both the fiction and non-fiction will be addressed, and for students who have taken both Years One and Two, they will be expected to have mastered the routine and bring more to discussions and their projects each month than the previous two years. Approximately 15 hours of out-of-class work each month.

September: Human Growth

October: Dark and Wild

November: Art, Science, and Belief

December: The Solstice and the Stars

January: Challenging Racism

February: Responding to Prejudice

March: Women’s Work

April: The End and the Earth

May: [Final class discussion and end-of-year party.]