Thornhill English Tutor - Novel Study Club (High school)
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Novel Study Club
Novel Study Club is a club for literature analysis and discussion in a small group of advanced readers. This program is recommended for grade 11 and 12 students who are interested in going to University for English, Journalism, Humanities or Education. The classes are small ( max 5 students) and lead in University tutorial style. This program prepares students to develop a sophisticatred appreciation of literature by learning literacy analysis approaches and using them to deconstruct a novel's meaning. Moreover, students will learn a higher level of literary analysis by learning to assess a novel's form and theme. Students will also learn about the historical context of the novels being studied and discuss outside resources relating to the novels. 

Course Outline
Students will read an assigned novel every 2 weeks, leaving class time for analysis. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to different genres of literature. Students are also expected to take notes of their personal reactions or interpretations of their novel. The small group setting creates a highly academic atmosphere, where enriched discussions can take place to maximize each student's learning experience. 

17 Week Breakdown: 
Week 1: Introduction to Literary Analysis 
  • Students will learn to use different analytic lenses such as Formalist, Feminist, Marxist, Post-Colonial and Freudian
Week 2-3: Review of Literary Analysis & Introduction to Gothic Horror 
  • A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Week 4-5: Gothic Horror 
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
Week 6-9: Classic Modern American
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
Week 10-13: Futuristic Dystopia
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
Week 14-17: Contemporary Canadian
  • Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan
NOTE- A more detailed version of this course outline will soon be available, allowing you to view the discussion topics, activities and concepts set for each unit.  

 Register for Novel Study Club (2012/2013)! 
  • Thursdays 5:00-6:30 pm (October 4th 2012 to February 7th 2013 )
  • Fridays 5:00-6:30 pm(February 8th 2013 to May 31st 2013)
Visit my Contact page today and register for a time slot for the Novel Study Club.

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