Literature for Middle School

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Teacher: Linda Richardson
Date/Time: Wednesday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 6th, 7th
Departments: Language Arts, Sixth Grade Core Classes
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)
Maximum Enrollment: 20

Students will dive into rich and relevant literature while learning how authors use literary terms and devices to make their writing come to life. We will read a variety of literature including novels, short stories, and poetry. Students will be taught how to craft a literary response in clear and guided steps and how to lead and participate in a group discussion. This class pairs beautifully both with the Grammar and Composition classes for middle school students as well as the History of the Middle Ages course. Students should expect to spend 4 hours a week on homework. Parents will be expected to check their child’s work for quality. 

There is no diagnostic test needed for entry. 

  • Students are expected to know how to type or be enrolled in a course to learn. 
  • Students are expected to be able to read at a 6th grade reading level.* 
  • Students are expected to dedicate an hour a day to homework. 
  • Students are expected to have Gmail account.
  • Parents are expected to spend 15 minutes a day with their student to check that homework is being completed, to provide guidance, and to answer questions.
  • Parents are expected to provide needed materials for the course prior to the start of the course.

Tuition - $310 a semester or $600 a year 

Materials fee: $75

*Email the instructor at if you are unsure about your child’s reading level. 

The final book list will be emailed to you, but may include the following: 

Beowulf by Micheal Morpurgo
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
1001 Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Young Reader’s Shakespeare MacBeth by Adam McKeown
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin