Reading for the Logic Stage I

Full-year course. Reading for the Logic Stage I 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 I is the first course in the three-level sequence. In RFLS I, students will be introduced to the practice of reading and responding to texts individually and in conversation with others, in both written and discussion formats. While this course provides an academic context and instructor guidance in the discussion and comprehension of the course texts, the primary goal of RFLS I is to encourage students to develop a love of reading and to share their ideas about what they are reading with others.

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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Reading for the Logic Stage I Information

  • Example Syllabus
  • Pass/Fail Grading
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 15 students.
  • Designed for grades 6-8.

Course Materials

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    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne 
    • The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich
    • Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
    • Call It Courage, Armstrong Sperry
    • Selected Stories from The Complete Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm and Jacob Grimm (Wisehouse Classics – The Complete and Authoritative Edition) 
    • El Deafo, Cece Bell 
    • The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition, J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 
    • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb 
    • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott 
    • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds 
    • Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery, Agatha Christie
    • Navigating Early, Clare Vanderpool
    • Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw 
    • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett 
    • A Suitcase of Seaweed and More, Janet Wong 
    • They Called Us Enemy, George Takei
    • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare 
    • Woodsong, Gary Paulsen 

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