Students will learn to craft essays as they write about what they are reading.

The Lost Tools of Writing Program underlies our instruction.

Mrs. Flick will give tutorials in writing on Wednesday mornings, and Mrs. Neri will complete assessments & assist students individually or in small groups as they work on their individual work plans throughout the week.

the Humanities

Our Humanities class will encompass Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, and Theology.

Although these are often divided into separate classes, they are so interrelated that it is unnecessary. We believe that when discussed in context of one another, all these disciplines come to life and engage the students far more.

The class will be conducted as a Socratic dialogue between one or two Humanities instructors and the students. Reading will be done aloud in class together, requiring that students to learn to listen and ensuring their participation and understanding. We believe books are generally better taken in as a community, but there will be some reading assigned for home, as well as some summer reading to be completed before the school year begins.

The following are some of the books we will choose from, though the list is always being developed and evaluated based upon the developmental stage of the students...

The Wine Dark Sea: the Ancient World Module: 

  • The Illiad - Homer

  • The Odyssey - Homer

  • Herodotus' Histories

  • The Other Wise Man, by Henry van Dyke

  • Black Ships Before Troy, by Rosemary Sutcliff

  • The Wanderings of Odysseus, by Rosemary Sutcliff

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare

  • Plutarch's Lives

  • Hesiod's Works & Days

  • Virgil's Aeneid

  • Sophocles' Oedipus

  • Comedy of Errors, by William Shakespeare

  • Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare


Into the Greenwood: The Medieval & Renaissance World Module:

  • Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare

  • Otto of the Silver Hand, by Howard Pyle

  • Shakespeare's Henry V

  • Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare

  • Ballads of Robinhood (Anonymous)

  • Mark Twain's Joan of Arc

  • Marco Polo's Travels

  • Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe

  • Tolkien's Gawain & the Green Knight

  • The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses, by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Poetry of the Green Wood

Brave New Worlds: The Modern World Module:

  • Mr. Midshipman Easy, by Frederick Marryat

  • Call of the Wild by Jack London

  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell

  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

  • Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

  • The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope

  • Watership Down, by Richard Adams

  • Jack London's White Fang

  • Dickens' David Copperfield, Hard Times

  • Poetry of Gerard Manly Hopkins

  • Anthony Trollope's Short Stories

  • Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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