This is our most elementary literary analysis course, designed for 3rd and 4th grade students. The goal of this class is to expose students to the basic, core concepts of literature. All students will learn how to look for key literary concepts, discuss what they have read, and apply what they have learned in their individual writing assignments.

Course Instruction Includes:


An in-depth look at a classic novel

Novels at this level might include one or more of these titles:

  • My Side of the Mountain

  • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwieler

  • The Trumpeter Swan

  • Sign of the Beaver


Literary Analysis through novel annotation

At an early age, students learn to look for key elements in the novel as they begin learning how to annotate.


Literary Analysis through literary terms

At this level, students learn basic literary terms such as plot, character, setting, conflict, and theme.


Literary Analysis through writing

At this level, students will typically have a weekly paragraph writing assignment. The writing prompt will be relevant to an aspect of the novel they are reading.


Focused writing instruction

The Introduction to Writing class focuses on the basic format of a paragraph. The emphasis is on mastery or quality, instead of quantity. Students will be introduced to:

  • Learning the four basic steps to writing: brainstorming, outlining, rough drafts, and the final draft

  • Writing engaging sentences which include stylistic elements, such as varying sentence starters

  • Formulating an engaging topic sentence

  • Providing supporting details which connect to main point ideas

  • Constructing an interesting concluding sentence

  • Understanding basic grammar concepts: subject, predicate, independent clause, compound sentence, parts of speech


A creative enrichment project

During the final class session, students will have the opportunity to present either a creative writing project or a research paper on a topic related to the novel. The project includes three components: a written composition, an oral presentation, and a visual aid. Students, parents, and family members are welcomed members of the audience for this final presentation.

**For specific class dates, times, and locations, see our Locations menu item at the top of the page.