Reading for the Logic Stage II

Full-year course. Reading for the Logic Stage II is designed to engage logic-stage students in reading and literary discussion. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. The instructor will provide prompts for class discussion; these questions will guide that week’s discussion. Students will also be given the opportunity to serve as discussion facilitators throughout the semester.

Reading for the Logic Stage courses are meant to inspire a love of reading, introduce students to a range of texts, and touch on the foundations of literary analysis. Reading for the Logic Stage II is the second course in the three-level sequence. In RFLS II, students will continue to practice reading and responding to texts individually and in conversation with others, in both written and discussion formats. Students will be introduced to major literary terms and devices, and will identify them in the course texts. While work in the level two course will incorporate a bit more literary complexity than in the level one, the goal of fostering a habit of reading for pleasure is still the core value of the class.

Please note: We suggest you review the proposed readings so that you are aware of the literature we are teaching and that your student's level of maturity matches it. 

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  • Example Syllabus
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    • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
    • D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
    • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
    • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
    • Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan
    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
    • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
    • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, Ying Chang Compestine
    • A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
    • Our Town, Thornton Wilder
    • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot
    • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth
    • The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick
    • The Princess Bride, William Goldman
    • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, Peter Sis
    • The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
    • Shakespeare Stories, Leon Garfield
    • Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga
    • Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 6-8.
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  1. Student Course Evaluation 2020-2021

    "Although our student loves to read and has been an avid reader for years, this class has helped her grow by thinking more deeply about the novels, the subject matter, and society. We have really appreciated how the instructor has taught this class in a way that inspires both students who love to read and those who are more hesitant to pick up a book. She has challenged them, encouraged them, and really helped them prepare for literature classes in the rhetoric stage/high school."
    - Student Course Evaluation 2020-2021