Blue Class Syllabus/Book List 2018-2019
Session One: Foundations
We will spend the first session reviewing annotation, literary analysis and narrative.
We will also focus on reading myths, legends, fairy tales and short stories.
Week One- August 31 Welcome and Introduction
Week Two- September 7: Grimm’s Fairy Tales. These are easily found in the SWAN library system. You
may also read them online.
Week Three- September 14: Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Easily found online or in the library system.
Week Four- September 21: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. You can easily find the
original version at the library or online. If you’d like to read the graphic novel version, you may. The text is
identical but there are accompanying drawings. The graphic novel is published by Atheneum Books for Young
Week Five- September 28: Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving. There is a version by Wyeth that is
particularly nice, otherwise read online or get a different copy from the library.
Week Six- October 5: American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes and Alfonzo Ortiz. This
book is easily found on the SWAN library system. Portions of this book are included in the National Mythology
Exam given in February. Some of the literature students have taken this exam and received medals for their
scores. I’d love to organize a study group again this year!
Week Seven- October 12: The Short Stories of O. Henry. Easily found in libraries and online. Not to be
confused with O. Henry Prize Stories.
Week Eight- October 19: The Short Stories of O. Henry.
Session Two: Journalism
The students will learn the elements of journalism and produce their own
Week One- November 2: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Easily obtained through SWAN.
Week Two- November 9: Johnny Tremain
Week Three- November 16: Johnny Tremain
Off for Thanksgiving
Week Four- November 30: The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Easily obtained. (Make sure it isn’t the play in
Week Five- December 7: The Crucible
Week Six- December 14: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. Please get the unabridged version.
Off December 21, 28, January 4
Week Seven- January 11: Kidnapped
Week Eight- January 18: Kidnapped
Session Three: Memoir and Biography: Our Stories
Through exploring family stories and those of others, we will write a short story based on biography.
Week One- February 1: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I may have some copies of this
book that you may purchase for $1.00.
Week Two- February 8: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Week Three- February 15: Tom Sawyer
Week Four- February 22: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Many copies on SWAN.
Week Five- March 1: Anne of Green Gables
Week Six- March 8: Anne of Green Gables
Week Seven- March 15: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Easily obtained.
Week Eight- March 22: The Other Wes Moore
Session Four: This World, Another World, and Otherworldly: A variety of stories and assignments for this final
Week One- April 5: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Easily found on SWAN.
Week Two- April 12: Around the World in Eighty Days
Off April 19 for Good Friday
Week Three- April 25: Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. SWAN
Week Four- May 3: Hound of the Baskervilles
Week Five- May 10: Eragon by Christopher Paolini on SWAN
Week Six- May 17: Eragon
Week Seven- May 24: Eragon
Week Eight- May 31: Review and Party!