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Modern American & World History Themed Literature

Nikole Christensen
Recommended Grade Levels: 7-8 (9th grade welcome)

This course will be taught in tandem with Middle School Modern American and World History. Students may elect to take only the literature course, but it is advised to take both the history and literature course to get the fullest understanding of the period. Using book selections from the Beautiful Feet Modern American and World History package, students will learn about the period of history from the mid-19th century through modern day through the stories that we will read.

Students may expect weekly reading assignments along with reading response questions for homework. Periodic writing assignments based on books we're reading will focus on themes, character analysis and development, and historic events. Literary essay writing will be modeled for students and developed throughout the year.

Tentative Literature Texts:

Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt
    The Perilous Road, William O. Steele
      The Singing Tree, Kate Seredy
        Rascal, Sterling North
          Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
            Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
              Twenty and Ten, Claire Huchet Bishop
                The Little Riders, Margaretha Shemin
                  Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Sook Nyui Choi
                    Echoes of the White Giraffe, Sook Nyui Choi
                      Water Buffalo Days, Huynh Quang Nhuong

                      $125 per semester