Location: Folsom

Day & Time: Thursday 1:15-2:25

Grade: 9th-12th

Mentor: Jon Alston

Email: jalston11@hotmail.com


We have been telling stories since we could speak. We invented writing so we could memorialize those stories for future generations to read. Our language and society is structured around these stories we tell and read, shaping who we are and what we do. In this class, we will study literature from its foundations, focusing primarily on English texts, beginning with the Epic of Gilgamesh (world’s oldest known text), moving through the middle ages, and up through our modern time of Science fiction, Fantasy, and everything in-between.


· The Epic of Gilgamesh (N.K. Sanders [translator]; ISBN 9780140441000)

· Beowulf (Seamus Heaney [translator]; ISBN 9780393320978)

· Frankenstien (Mary Shelley; ISBN 978-0486282114)

· The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald; ISBN 978-0743273565)

· The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Franz Kafka; ISBN 978-0805210576)

· The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams; ISBN 978-0345391803)

· The Princess Bride (William Goldman; ISBN 978-0156035217)

Literature Through the Ages.


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