The book listing is arranged in reading difficulty order based on Lexile number.

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Live class - Not available at this time but it is being disucssed by the Classics Club in February of 2017.  

(If you would consider teaching this class, please contact Mariah Fustos either on the VHSG website or face book page or send an email to paulmariah@aol.com.)

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Lexile Score: 1390

Grade level:

This course is designed for students in grades 9th-12th but may be appropriate for advanced 7th-8th graders.  

Live Class Schedule:

This class does not currently have a teacher. Live classes will only be made available if someone volunteers to teach this course. If a teacher is found, the live class will meet for the last 2 weeks in the month. The teacher will determine in advance if they would like to meet once per week for a total of 2 live classes or twice per week for a total of 4 live classes.

Description:

The course is estimated to take 4 weeks to complete. For the first 2 weeks of this class students will work independently by reviewing the information in the Author, Genres and Historical Background section. They will begin studying the vocabulary words using the Quizlet link that has been provided.

Students should also finish reading the book and completing the comprehension quizzes prior to the first day of Live class or prior to watching the recorded AYOP lessons or posting in the discussion forum.  

This is a long book, students in live classes may want to begin reading this book prior to the official start date of the class.  Students will have approximately 2 weeks during the class to read this book and the unabridged version typically has 400+ pages. 

Literary Analysis:

While each of the literature units will vary slightly, all of the units at the middle school and high school level will discuss the plot of the book, themes and symbolism present in the book, the author's background, the genre(s) of the book, it's historical background and how it is relevant to our lives today.  

Each book at the HS and MS level will also require the students to write a paper in which they analyze parts of the book. 

In addition to the above, each author has their own stylistic techniques and various books utilize different stylistic techniques and points of view.  These topics will be addressed as appropriate for each individual book.  

Projects:

Students will be encouraged, but not required, to complete a project of their choosing highlighting this novel or something that took place during the story. This project will be for extra credit and will provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and individuality. 

Expectations:

  • Students are expected to participate in the discussion taking place in the forum in a kind, respectful, and mature manner.  Participation forum is required as it is a place for students to discuss the book in greater detail and to share their thoughts and opinions.
  •  Students in live classes are expected to attend class and use the chat box to participate in the discussion in a mature and respectful manner.  
  • Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before the first day of Live classes or prior to moving on to the ANALYSIS portion on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to complete all REQUIRED course work on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to think for themselves and share their own thoughts and opinion instead of simply parroting back something they have heard from others. 

Required Materials:

A copy of The Importance of Being Earnest.  Links to obtain this play from Amazon.com are provided on the course page; however, this book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.

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Teachers: 

Live class teaching time:

This class requires a 2 week commitment for teaching live classes.  While you have the option of meeting 1 time per week for a total of 2 classes, I would highly recommend spreading that out and meeting 2 times per week for a total of 4 classes as this will allow for more time to spend in discussion with the students.

Preparation:

Teachers should read the book prior to the first live class.  Slides and teaching notes are provided. These should be reviewed prior to teaching each class. 

Graders:

Both the live and AYOP classes will require graders to grade 1 paper per student using a detailed rubric.  Graders (and teachers) are asked to comment on the papers that they grade in the "feedback" section.  Students have an option of completing a creative project, for extra credit.  These would also need to be graded.  Everything else is graded by Moodle.

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Lexile Score: 1180

Grade level:

This course is designed for students in grades 9th-12th but may be appropriate for advanced 7th-8th graders.  

Class

This book will be discussed in Classics Club during March of 2017.

Description:

The course is estimated to take 4 weeks to complete. For the first 2 weeks of this class students will work independently by reviewing the information in the Author, Genres and Historical Background section. They will begin studying the vocabulary words using the Quizlet link that has been provided.

Students should also finish reading the book and completing the comprehension quizzes prior to the first day of Live class or prior to watching the recorded AYOP lessons or posting in the discussion forum.  

This is a longer book, students in live classes may want to begin reading this book prior to the official start date of the class.  Students will have approximately 2 weeks during the class to read this book.

Literary Analysis:

While each of the literature units will vary slightly, all of the units at the middle school and high school level will discuss the plot of the book, themes and symbolism present in the book, the author's background, the genre(s) of the book, it's historical background and how it is relevant to our lives today.  

Each book at the HS and MS level will also require the students to write a paper in which they analyze parts of the book. 

In addition to the above, each author has their own stylistic techniques and various books utilize different stylistic techniques and points of view.  These topics will be addressed as appropriate for each individual book.  

Projects:

Students will be encouraged, but not required, to complete a project of their choosing highlighting this novel or something that took place during the story. This project will be for extra credit and will provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and individuality. 

Expectations:

  • Students are expected to participate in the discussion taking place in the forum in a kind, respectful, and mature manner.  Participation forum is required as it is a place for students to discuss the book in greater detail and to share their thoughts and opinions.
  •  Students in live classes are expected to attend class and use the chat box to participate in the discussion in a mature and respectful manner.  
  • Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before the first day of Live classes or prior to moving on to the ANALYSIS portion on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to complete all REQUIRED course work on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to think for themselves and share their own thoughts and opinion instead of simply parroting back something they have heard from others. 

Required Materials:

An UNABRIDGED copy of Sense and Sensibilities. Links to obtain this book from Amazon.com are provided on the course page; however, this book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.

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Classics Club - November

The Classics Club will be discussing this book in January 2017. 

(If are interested in teaching additional sessions of this class, please contact Mariah Fustos either on the VHSG website or Facebook page or send an email to paulmariah@aol.com.)

Age/Grade: Grades 6-8

Reading Level: Grade level Equivalent: 6.1 

Lexile® Measure:940L

DRA: 50

Description:

This course is 4-weeks long and allows the student to analyze the beloved novel of C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  By the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding of the themes, characters, and literary elements that make up this beloved classic.

Each week, students will participate in weekly discussions, pop quizzes,  group activities, and more that will prepare them to submit a final paper that is due at the end of the course.

Required Materials:

A copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.

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Lexile Score: 1180

Grade level:

This course is designed for students in grades 9th-12th but may be appropriate for advanced 7th-8th graders.  

Live Class Schedule:

This class will meet for 3 live class sessions:

February 13th at 10:00 p.m. CST 

February 21st at 10:00 p.m. CST 

February 28th at 10:00 p.m. CST

Description:

The course is estimated to take 4 weeks to complete. For the first 2 weeks of this class students will work independently by reviewing the information in the Author, Genres and Historical Background section. They will begin studying the vocabulary words using the Quizlet link that has been provided.

Students should also finish reading the book and completing the comprehension quizzes prior to the first day of Live class or prior to watching the recorded AYOP lessons or posting in the discussion forum.  

This is a longer book, students in live classes may want to begin reading this book prior to the official start date of the class.  Students will have approximately 2 weeks during the class to read this book.

Literary Analysis:

While each of the literature units will vary slightly, all of the units at the middle school and high school level will discuss the plot of the book, themes and symbolism present in the book, the author's background, the genre(s) of the book, it's historical background and how it is relevant to our lives today.

Each book at the HS and MS level will also require the students to write a paper in which they analyze parts of the book.

In addition to the above, each author has their own stylistic techniques and various books utilize different stylistic techniques and points of view.  These topics will be addressed as appropriate for each individual book.  

Projects:

Students will be encouraged, but not required, to complete a project of their choosing highlighting this novel or something that took place during the story. This project will be for extra credit and will provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and individuality. 

Expectations:

  • Students are expected to participate in the discussion taking place in the forum in a kind, respectful, and mature manner.  Participation forum is required as it is a place for students to discuss the book in greater detail and to share their thoughts and opinions.
  •  Students in live classes are expected to attend class and use the chat box to participate in the discussion in a mature and respectful manner.  
  • Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before the first day of Live classes or prior to moving on to the ANALYSIS portion on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to complete all REQUIRED course work on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to think for themselves and share their own thoughts and opinion instead of simply parroting back something they have heard from others. 

Required Materials:

UNABRIDGED copy of Sense and Sensibilities. Links to obtain this book from Amazon.com are provided on the course page; however, this book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.

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Lexile Score: 890

Grade level:   

This course is designed for students in grades 7th-12th.  

Live Class Schedule:

Description:

The course is estimated to take 4 weeks to complete. For the first 2 weeks of this class students will work independently by reviewing the information in the Author, Genres and Historical Background section. They will begin studying the vocabulary words using the Quizlet link that has been provided and should finish reading the book prior to the first Live class or prior to doing any of the activities in the Analysis section of the course.

Literary Analysis:

While each of the literature units will vary slightly, all of the units at the middle school and high school level will discuss the plot of the book, themes and symbolism present in the book, the author's background, the genre(s) of the book, it's historical background and how it is relevant to our lives today.  Each course will have a brief activity explaining figurative language and how it is used in literature.  The literary devices of personification and paradox are highlighted in this course.

Students will write a paper to during the analysis portion of this course.

Projects:

Students will be encouraged, but not required, to complete a project of their choosing highlighting this novel or something that took place during the story. This project will be for extra credit and will provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and individuality. 

Expectations:

  • Students are expected to participate in the discussion taking place in the forum in a kind, respectful, and mature manner.  Participation forum is required as it is a place for students to discuss the book in greater detail and to share their thoughts and opinions.
  •  Students in live classes are expected to attend class and use the chat box to participate in the discussion in a mature and respectful manner.  
  • Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before the first day of Live classes or prior to moving on to the ANALYSIS portion on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to complete all REQUIRED course work on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to think for themselves and share their own thoughts and opinion instead of simply parroting back something they have heard from others. 

Required Materials:

A copy of Fahrenheit 451 Links to obtain this book from Amazon.com are provided on the course page; however, this book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.

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Classics Club

Lexile Score: 1070

Grade level:

This course is designed for students in grades 7th-12th.

Live Class Schedule:

This class does not currently have a teacher. Live classes will only be made available if someone volunteers to teach this course. If a teacher is found, the live class will meet for the last 2 weeks in the month. The teacher will determine in advance if they would like to meet once per week for a total of 2 live classes or twice per week for a total of 4 live classes.

Description:

The course is estimated to take 4 weeks to complete. For the first 2 weeks of this class students will work independently by reviewing the information in the Author, Genres and Historical Background section. They will begin studying the vocabulary words using the Quizlet link that has been provided.

Students should also finish reading the book and completing the comprehension quizzes prior to the first day of Live class or prior to watching the recorded AYOP lessons or posting in the discussion forum.  

This is a fairly slow book; however, students in live classes may want to begin reading this book prior to the official start date of the class.  Students will have approximately 2 weeks to read this book prior to the first live class. during the class to read this book.

Literary Analysis:

While each of the literature units will vary slightly, all of the units at the middle school and high school level will discuss the plot of the book, themes and symbolism present in the book, the author's background, the genre(s) of the book, it's historical background and how it is relevant to our lives today.  

Each book at the HS and MS level will also require the students to write a paper in which they analyze parts of the book. 

In addition to the above, each author has their own stylistic techniques and various books utilize different stylistic techniques and points of view.  These topics will be addressed as appropriate for each individual book.  

Projects:

Students will be encouraged, but not required, to complete a project of their choosing highlighting this novel or something that took place during the story. This project will be for extra credit and will provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and individuality. 

Expectations:

  • Students are expected to participate in the discussion taking place in the forum in a kind, respectful, and mature manner.  Participation forum is required as it is a place for students to discuss the book in greater detail and to share their thoughts and opinions.
  •  Students in live classes are expected to attend class and use the chat box to participate in the discussion in a mature and respectful manner.  
  • Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before the first day of Live classes or prior to moving on to the ANALYSIS portion on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to complete all REQUIRED course work on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to think for themselves and share their own thoughts and opinion instead of simply parroting back something they have heard from others. 

Required Materials:

A copy of The Time Machine.  Links to obtain this book from Amazon.com are provided on the course page; however, this book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.

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Classics Club - November

Lexile score: 1170

Grade level:   

This course is designed for students in grades 7th-12th.  


Live Class Schedule:

This class does not currently have a teacher. Live classes will only be made available if someone volunteers to teach this course. If a teacher is found, the live class will meet for the last 2 weeks in the month. The teacher will determine in advance if they would like to meet once per week for a total of 2 live classes or twice per week for a total of 4 live classes.

Description:

The course is estimated to take 4 weeks to complete. For the first 2 weeks of this class students will work independently by reviewing the information in the Author, Genres and Historical Background section. They will begin studying the vocabulary words using the Quizlet link that has been provided.

Students should also finish reading the book and completing the comprehension quizzes prior to the first day of Live class or prior to watching the recorded AYOP lessons or posting in the discussion forum.  

This is a fairly short book and students are asked to review the Author, Background, and Genre information before beginning to read the book as it this information is critical in helping the students understand the meaning of this book.  Students will have approximately 2 weeks during the class to read this book and do need to finish reading it before the first live class meets or before beginning the ANALYSIS section of the course.

Literary Analysis:

While each of the literature units will vary slightly, all of the units at the middle school and high school level will discuss the plot of the book, themes and symbolism present in the book, the author's background, the genre(s) of the book, it's historical background and how it is relevant to our lives today along with a basic overview of figurative language.  The literary devices of irony, satire, personification, and allegory are highlighted in this course.  

Students will write a paper as part of the analysis section of this course.

Projects:

Students will be encouraged, but not required, to complete a project of their choosing highlighting this novel or something that took place during the story. This project will be for extra credit and will provide students with the opportunity to express their creativity and individuality. 

Expectations:

  • Students are expected to participate in the discussion taking place in the forum in a kind, respectful, and mature manner.  Participation forum is required as it is a place for students to discuss the book in greater detail and to share their thoughts and opinions.
  •  Students in live classes are expected to attend class and use the chat box to participate in the discussion in a mature and respectful manner.  
  • Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before the first day of Live classes or prior to moving on to the ANALYSIS portion on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to complete all REQUIRED course work on the course page. 
  • Students are expected to think for themselves and share their own thoughts and opinion instead of simply parroting back something they have heard from others. 

Required Materials:

A copy of Animal Farm Links to obtain this book from Amazon.com are provided on the course page; however, this book is often available through used book sites or even from your local library.