2018-2019 Red Class Syllabus
From short stories to Mark Twain to memoirs to mysteries, this year’s books will show you a
slice of the world mainly from the American point of view. Each session we will also focus on
one aspect of writing or of analyzing literature.
Session One will lay the groundwork with literary and annotation review. We will also have
time to write a short narration of our own.
Session Two’s focus will be on journalism. We will explore the unique qualities of journalistic
writing and produce a “newspaper.”
Session Three we will take a look at memoir and biography. The students will have a chance to
produce their own family memoirs.
Session Four is our potpourri portion of the year. We usually use these final weeks to have fun
with unusual assignments.
Session One: Foundations
Week One- August 31: Introduction. Historical background. Review annotation.
Week Two- September 7: The Short Stories of O. Henry (easily found in libraries and
online. Not to be confused with O. Henry Prize Stories.)
Week Three- September 14: The Short Stories of O. Henry
Week Four- September 21: The Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (easily found in libraries
Week Five- September 28: Edgar Allan Poe
Week Six- October 5: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (I have several copies of
this book. I will bring them to class on Week One and you may purchase them for $1.00. I like
the students to practice annotating while they read and this is much easier if you own the
Week Seven- October 12: The Scarlet Letter
Week Eight- October 19: The Scarlet Letter
Session Two: Journalism
The books for this session may shift around some, but this is the
intended sequence as of now. I will have some of these titles for sale, as well.
Week One- November 2: The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Week Two- November 9: The Crucible
Week Three- November 16: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Off for Thanksgiving
Week Four- November 30: The Red Badge of Courage
Week Five- December 7: The Red Badge of Courage
Week Six- December 14: My Antonia by Willa Cather
Off December 21, 28, January 4
Week Seven- January 11: My Antonia
Week Eight- January 18: My Antonia
Session Three: Memoir and Biography: Our Stories
Week One- February 1: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (Find a copy that includes
Annie Sullivan’s letters, if possible)
Week Two- February 8: The Story of My Life
Week Three- February 15: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (I have
several copies that you may purchase from me)
Week Four- February 22: Huckleberry Finn
Week Five- March 1: Huckleberry Finn
Week Six- March 8: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
Week Seven- March 15: Surprised by Joy
Week Eight- March 22: Surprised by Joy
Session Four: Potpourri
Week One- April 5: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Week Two- April 12: Fahrenheit 451
Off April 19 for Good Friday
Week Three- April 25: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Week Four- May 3: Rebecca
Week Five- May 10: Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Week Six- May 17: Eragon
Week Seven- May 24: Eragon
Week Eight- May 31: Finale!