Contemporary Literature asks students to address issues of both idealism and pragmatism. What does the best life in the best society look like? How can we achieve that? And what should we do when confronted by inevitable shortcomings? This full-year group tutorial has weekly 90-minute meetings over two 15-week semesters and covers texts published in the last one hundred years. Students should be proficient in basic essay writing as we will work with literary analysis, expository, analytical, descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and research-based papers. Grammar and vocabulary are discussed in context. Students who prefer audio versions of the books are welcome to use them. The tutorial requires weekly note taking. Assessment will be based on weekly assignments and process papers rather than traditional exams.
Contemporary Literature is offered in a yearly rotation with World Literature and is scheduled for 2022-2023.
Day/Time Thursdays at 9am ET/6am PT. Academic calendar available here.
Min/Max Students 5/15
Grammar for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach by Don and Jenny Killgallon
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World by Naomi Nye, ed.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
Biography/Autobiography of student’s choice
*Note: Contemporary literature may include brief words/references of a PG-13 nature. No such references will be addressed in class.
Tuition $450 plus a $20 non-refundable registration fee
Platform The tutorial uses the flexible Google Classroom interface along with Zoom for live meetings, which are recorded in case of absence.
Registration opens February 15, 2022