Ms. Andrea’s Summer Camp


  • June 28-July 16
  • Dates: 6/28, 6/30, 7/2, 7/5, 7/7, 7/9, 7/12, 7/14, & 7/16

Grade Levels:

  • Grades 10-12 in fall 2021

Meeting Times:

  • Mon, Wed, & Fri, 3:30PM PT – 5 PM PT
    (=6:30PM ET – 8 PM ET)
  • Class length: 90-min
  • Three times a week, 3 weeks, (Total nine 90-min sessions)


Overarching questions:

  • What do we look for when we read modern texts? What counts as “literature” and why? What are these texts hoping to accomplish, and how are they doing something different from what is canonically recognized in English Literature? Why are these novels worth reading?

General plan:

  • We will read a novel each week in this order:
    • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (pub 2007)
    • The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (pub 2020)
    • Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (pub 2011)
  • While a good chunk of our work will be discussion based, we will do a writing exercise each day. One will be some sort of craft analysis (thinking about a writing technique in the novel, which will have been discussed in class); one will be creative, based on something in the novel; and one will have to do with themes. These will be due before the next class meeting. For the final novel, however, we will only have two writings, skipping the creative one.
  • I would also like to ask students to read one other novel during the session from a list I’ll offer and to complete a short essay/presentation on why it was worth reading. This will be most of our last day.
    • To be offered as recommendations (this list will likely grow):
      • Confessions by Rabee Jaber
      • Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
      • of Speculation by Jenny Offill
      • Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
      • Recursion by Blake Crouch
      • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
      • Human Acts by Han Kang