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The Classics Club

Centre For Lit

The Classics Club


The Classics Club is a series of Lit classes on DVD taught by director Adam Andrews.  Each DVD demonstrates the Teaching the Classics method applied to a separate story.  Each Classics Club episode presents a thorough introduction to the story's major themes and key structural elements. The Classics Club is a stand-alone literature class for students of any age.  It also provides the perfect refresher for parents and teachers preparing to give classes of their own. 

A syllabus notebook (available as a free download - you'll find the links below)  accompanying each DVD provides a place for the student or teacher to make notes and also includes a biographical sketch of the author, as well as a blank story chart and suggestions for essay assignments drawn from the class discussion. 

To view specific information about each title, please see below. 

 

              

The Wind in the Willows:  

Audience: Parents and students in grades three and up
Format: DVD
Length: 1 hour 50 minutes
Syllabus: PDF (click here)

The Classics Club: The Wind in the Willows is a complete discussion of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale for grades three and up.

Using questions from the Socratic List, Adam lead the class in a discussion of structural elements of the story such as setting, character, plot and conflict.  The discussion also explores universal themes like home, friendship, foolishness and Nature. 

Adam introduces irony and symbolism in a discussion of literary devices and reveals some significant details about the life and times of Kenneth Grahame.  Students participate in a lively question-and-answer session and Adam demonstrates how to incorporate their comments into the discussion.

The syllabus notebook that accompanies the DVD (available as a free download - you'll find the link above)  provides a place for the student or teacher to make notes and also includes a biographical sketch of Kenneth Grahame, as well as a blank story chart and suggestions for essay assignments. 

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Huckleberry Finn:

 

Audience: Parents and students in grades six and up
Format
: DVD
Length
: 1 hour 56 minutes
Syllabus
: PDF (click here)

The Classics Club: Huckleberry Finn brings Mark Twain's immortal tale of adventure to life for sixth through tenth graders.  Adam leads the group in a discussion of such themes as manhood, loyalty, racism, religion, conscience and the nature of good and evil. 

The class includes helpful discussions of symbolism, irony and the difference between setting and context.

The Classics Club is a stand-alone literature class for students in grades 5 through 10 and beyond.  It also provides the perfect refresher for parents and teachers preparing to give classes of their own.

A syllabus notebook (available as a free download - you'll find the link above) provides a place for the student or teacher to make notes and also includes a biographical sketch of the author, as well as a blank story chart and suggestions for essay assignments drawn from the class discussion.

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The Yearling:

 

Audience: Parents and students in grades 4 and up
Format
: DVD
Length
: 2 hours 3 minutes
Syllabus
: PDF (click here)

Marjorie Rawlings' Pulitzer prize winner has never failed to touch the heart with its powerful depiction of a boy's coming of age.  Full of symbolism and imagery, The Yearling is as beautiful a treatment of this theme as there is in English. 

Adam's discussion deals with all the major elements of fiction in turn without losing sight of the breathtaking artistry of the novel.  "This is one of the best classes I've ever taught!" he says.

The Classics Club: The Yearling is a stand-alone literature class for students in grades 4 through 10 and beyond.  It also provides the perfect refresher for parents and teachers preparing to give classes of their own. A syllabus notebook (available as a free download - you'll find the link above) provides a place for the student or teacher to make notes and also includes a biographical sketch of the author, as well as a blank story chart and suggestions for essay assignments drawn from the class discussion.   

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Hamlet:

Audience: Parents and students in grades 8 and up
Format
: DVD
Length
: 1 hour 30 minutes
Syllabus
: PDF (click here)

Finally we have a discussion of the great tragedy that everyone can relate to!  In The Classics Club: Hamlet, Adam examines the struggles of the Danish prince from the perspective of universal themes such as cowardice, bitterness and revenge, suggesting that although we are not royalty, we are prone to its weaknesses. 

This DVD includes an engaging summary of the plot in plain English for students who may be struggling with Shakespeare's poetry.

The Classics Club is a stand-alone literature class for students in grades 8 through 12.  It also provides the perfect refresher for parents and teachers preparing to give classes of their own. A syllabus notebook (available as a free download - you'll find the link above) provides a place for the student or teacher to make notes and also includes a biographical sketch of the author, as well as a blank story chart and suggestions for essay assignments drawn from the class discussion.

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