Ms. Andrea’s Summer Camp

Dates:

  • June 22 – July 15, 2021
  • Dates: 6/22, 6/24, 6/29, 7/1, 7/6, 7/8, 7/13, & 7/15

Meeting Times:

  • Tue & Thur, 10AM PT – 11:30 AM PT
    (= 1 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET)
  • Class length: 90 min
  • Twice a week, 4 weeks (total eight 90-min sessions)

Grade Levels:

  • High school students (G9+) in fall 2021

 

Content

Overarching questions:

As with all literary analysis, we’ll think about how this novel is both a product of its time and why it maintains relevancy in our present world.

  • What are the demands of society, and how do those impact people based on gender and money/class? How is this seen in our modern world with things like social media and cancel culture?

General Plan:

  • We will break this very large novel into reasonably-sized sections and discuss portions each class. Before coming to the session, students will have read the assigned section and completed some preliminary analysis work (usually answering and creating a few questions). Our sessions will be discussion-based, wherein we will spend some time ensuring comprehension and then analyzing character, themes, and other literary devices.
  • We will do minimal writing for this novel, since the reading load is so heavy, but students will complete a literary analysis paper before the final session.
  • The final session will be a discussion all around relevancy, and will likely include a short reading around the contemporary idea of “cancel culture” and how it applies to this novel.

 

Some Rationale from Ms. Andrea: Because summer is a good time to also think about AP and other testing preparations, I’d like to also discuss how this novel can be important for student success in their near futures. I also think summer is a good time to tackle this meaty novel, since there are less distractions.