深入经典​写作阅读研讨课 

读书破万卷,下笔如有神

基础班:初中生  |  进阶班:高中生

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课程安排:

春季学期 1/2-4月 | 夏季学期 6/7-8月

秋季学期 9-11月 | 冬季学期 11-1月

课时总长:10小时

​班级人数:最多6人

​课程简介

本课程旨在培养学生出色的阅读和写作能力,让他们无论在当下学习还是日后工作,都能如鱼得水、大放异彩。

课程通过研讨经典作品和现代名著,由导师提出具有启发性的问题,在主动学习的环境中,带领学生深入理解高难度文本,发现和形成新思路,通过作品审视自身和现实世界,形成充满人性光辉的思维、养成受益终生的思维探索习惯。

从分析学习名篇佳作入手,导师要求学生完成各类写作练习,并针对习作就遣词造句、谋篇布局、修辞章法等方方面面提出改进建议,帮助学生熟悉并掌握不同体裁、媒介和场合的文字交流。学生通过撰写文章、接受反馈和修改习作,学会用写作来表达观点、抒发情感、思考人生及改变世界。

本课程秉持以学生为中心的教学理念,所选阅读作品和写作练习会根据每个同学的兴趣和需求调整,约一月精读一部作品。小班教学给予学生悉心指导,助学生有效提升阅读和写作能力。
 

导师 #1:Dr. Kemick

​英文创意写作博士
获奖诗人、记者、小说家

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Dr. Kemick老师从事诗歌、纪实文学和小说三体创作,作品收入北美和欧洲多部文选。获奖众多,包括两届国家优秀杂志文学奖。他的新书《I Am Herod》带领读者深入幕后、揭开全球最宏大的宗教事件之一的真相。他还出版过诗集《Caribou Run》。

开设课程

​《自传体写作精要》、《深入经典》、《世界短篇小说巡礼》、《佳作磨坊》及《解锁莎士比亚》

导师 #2:Dr. Prusko

​英语文学博士
荣获高校杰出教学奖

莎士比亚、近代戏剧、儿童文学专家

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Dr. Prusko老师现任教于阿尔伯塔大学英语文学和电影系,开设文学、写作和传媒各类人文课程。教书育人逾二十载,屡获文学院颁发的“杰出教学奖”殊荣。Dr. Prusko教学和科研齐头并进,专研莎士比亚、近代戏剧和儿童文学,频发著作。

开设课程

​《分析文写作精要》、《人文之光照亮科技》、《深入经典》、《世界短篇小说巡礼》、《佳作磨坊》及《解锁莎士比亚》

导师 #3: Ms. Klippenstein

康奈尔大学创意写作艺术硕士

​获奖作家、编辑、大学教师

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Ms. klippenstein老师是一位获奖作家,她发表的多部小说作品多次被收录到北美地区的各种文学作品选集中。她的作品不仅重新审视了她作为一名多种族背景女性辗转于许多不同城市的成长经历,还给诸如科幻、玄幻等文体注入了新的元素和诠释。Ms. klippenstein毕业于康奈尔大学的创意写作专业,在校担任创意写作课程讲师,同时开设多种体裁写作的课程和研讨,包括小说创作、诗歌创作、英语文学写作和论文写作等。

开设课程

​《深入经典》、《世界短篇小说巡礼》及《佳作磨坊》

课堂精彩讨论展示

​文海拾瑛

Barrie, J. M.: Peter and Wendy

Brecht, Bertolt: Life Of Galileo 

Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita 

Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness​

Davies, ​Robertson: The Rebel Angels

D'Ormesson, Jean: The Glory of the Empire 

Edugyan, ​Esi: Half-Blood Blues

Frazier, Charles: Cold Mountain

Galloway, Steven: The Cellist of Sarajevo 

Golding, William: Lord of the Flies

Guin, Ursula K. Le: Lavinia

Gutmann, ​Amy: The Lives of Animals 

Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never Let Me Go

Joyce, James: Ulysses

Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Mandel, Emily St. John: Station Eleven

Marlowe, Christopher: Dr. Faustus

McCarthy, Cormac: All the Pretty Horses

Munro, Alice: The View from Castle Rock

Shakespeare, William:

  • Antony and Cleopatra

  • As You Like It

  • Measure for Measure

  • Henry IV, Part 1

  • King Lear

  • Othello

  • Richard II

  • The Tempest 

Shapcott, Jo: Of Mutability

Shelly, Mary Wollstonecraft: Frankenstein

Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Hobbit

Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse-Five

Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Williams, John: Augustus 

Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway

作业和反馈

课堂围绕文本精读展开,深入探究文本引发的各类人文问题。针对不同文本,课程要求同学们完成各种写作练习,讲师会就同学的习作提出修改建议。课程还要求学生背诵名篇佳作,在日积月累中提高英语赏析和写作水平。学习课程期间,讲师会定期向家长就学生的学习情况提出具有针对性的反馈。

​学员评价

**Dr. Kemick**

"I've taken quite a few supplemental writing and reading classes in the past with different organizations, but the Great Books Seminar with Dr. Kemick at Polaris has by far been my favorite. The classes are structured in a way that allows for engaging discussions that explore the stylistic and thematic elements of English literature much deeper than in a typical high school English course. During class, Dr. Kemick will prompt students with tough, open-ended questions about significant excerpts of a written piece, ones that force them to analyze the passages in relation to the story as a whole, or even in a broader context. Additionally, classes are streamline and productive, but are also personalized as per student requests. For example, although the Great Books Seminar is heavily reading-focused, Dr. Kemick was willing to add in writing assignments and provide me with helpful feedback regarding my written analyses.

Since taking this course, I have seen clear improvement in my ability to comprehend and analyze texts for school, be it fiction or nonfiction. Great Books Seminar has also been one of the first English classes that has left me wanting to read more classic novels rather than turning away from them, which is an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

Last but certainly not least, this course is genuinely a lot of fun. Dr. Kemick always finds a way to incorporate entertaining activities into each session. Having the opportunity to get to know him better, I can attest that the hour of class time always goes by too fast.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Great Books Seminar to anyone looking to improve their reading, analyzing, and writing skills while expanding their knowledge of English literature. Plus, there is never a dull moment, I promise!"

"I enjoyed the much more in-depth and challenging discussion about the subjects. It was unbelievably helpful and really opened my eyes to what I could write. As for the instructor, I have never had an instructor or English teacher as compassionate, patient, knowledgeable, and articulate as Dr. Kemick. He has definitely played a big role in my writing journey, and has brought forth so many new ideas and thought processes to the table."

 

"I really liked how flexible it was and how the instructor would adjust the syllabus based on our personal needs and always asked for our opinions on homework assignments and reading material. The instructor’s greatest strengths were the questions he asked us during class to lead us into further understanding and interpreting a certain story or article, since it really forced us to think deeper and process what we were reading, and it also taught us that in the future, we can ask those questions to ourselves to help digest a piece of writing. I also particularly liked how he would give us very straight-to-the-point feedback, both good and bad, to help us realize our shortcomings and help us improve for next time."​

"I really enjoyed the deep and thoughtful conversations that we had on the different books.  This class really was an eye opener into the world of classical literature and I liked the variety of books that we were able to read and discuss.  Dr. Kemick is phenomenal at encouraging conversation and deep thinking."

**Dr. Prusko**

"Dr. Prusko is an incredible teacher and clearly knowledgeable and passionate about literature. Her class was challenging, but she provided constructive and helpful feedback and really encouraged us to do our best. She encouraged class discussions which were always interesting and helpful to the topic we were discussing.”

 

"I really enjoyed the engaging discussions we had, and the reading and writing assignments were interesting and thought-provoking. My writing greatly improved while taking this class due to the personalized feedback from Dr. Prusko and the creative writing prompts and activities."

“The writing methods she introduced have proven to be invaluable across a variety of subjects and situations; when my friends are struggling with their writing, I recommend the techniques I learned from Dr. Prusko. Her enthusiasm and skill are truly remarkable.”

“I absolutely loved this course. Dr. Prusko is an amazing teacher who really cares about her students and takes time to make sure they understand the material. She is always willing to help and provide constructive feedback and is great at promoting class community and discussion.”

**Ms. Klippenstein**

“I really enjoyed Ms. Klippenstein’s class and would definitely recommend other students to take it. The readings were interesting and stimulating. They included a variety of styles, which helped tremendously in getting me to understand and analyze different types of literature.” 

“Fantastic course. The readings were intriguing and I read some things that I otherwise would have no opportunity to read at all. Through peer review and one-on-one conferences with the teacher, I became confident writing essays. I also felt encouraged to express my ideas in the seminar. I would recommend Ms. Klippenstein’s course to all my friends.” 

“The course was very interesting and the materials thought-provoking. Ms. Klippenstein was actively engaged during class discussion. I feel my own writing definitely improved, as I was forced out of my comfort zone to write in styles I wasn’t always familiar with. We had to think specifically about the audience of our writing.”

"I really loved how the course had both lectures and workshops. It was so informative and helpful reading other people’s stories and seeing how their creative minds worked. Ms. Klippenstein also ran her lectures a lot like a discussion section and it was such an open and friendly atmosphere!” 

“Ms. Klippenstein is absolutely amazing, one of my favorite teachers. She makes class interesting and pushes us to become better writers.”

"Ms. Klippenstein is an amazing teacher. The course material was super fun. Her comments on my paper were very constructive and helped me do better on the next ones." 

“Ms. Klippenstein did an excellent job making the course assignments manageable and interesting—I truly felt my time doing the work was well spent.”