The Kohlberg Dilemmas

This week in class, we’re reading “The Kohlberg Dilemmas” by Lawrence Kohlberg.

Lawrence Kohlberg was an American psychologist best known for his theories of moral development. Kohlberg explains there are six distinct stages of human moral development, and that a person may go through these stages throughout his or her life.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Morality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is good and how do we know?”

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God Sees the Truth, But Waits

This week in class, we’re reading “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” by Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude.

In Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “God Sees the Truth, But Waits”, a man is convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & Equality and Revenge & Betrayal as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Is revenge ever justified?” and “What is fair?”

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When You Are Old

This week in class, we’re reading “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats.

In William Butler Yeat’s “When You Are Old,” a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Growing Up, Loneliness & Isolation, and Love as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How are we changed by love?”, “Why should we value our youth?”, and “What does it mean to feel alone?”

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The Second Coming

This week in class, we’re reading “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats.

In this famous poem, William Butler Yeats paints a terrifying, apocalyptic scene in order to describe the atmosphere of Europe following World War I.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Technology, Progress & Industry and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What should the future look like?” and “How are we changed by war?”

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Easter 1916

This week in class, we’re reading “Easter 1916” by William Butler Yeats.

“Easter 1916” is a famous poem by William Butler Yeats that deals with themes of war and loss of innocence. Although Yeats was an Irish nationalist, in the poem he describes conflicting emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of War & Peace as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How are we changed by war?”

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Parent Guide: A Rose for Emily

This week in class, we’re reading “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. This story takes place in Mississippi around the turn of the 20th century. After the death of Miss Emily Grierson, the people of Jefferson, Mississippi, uncover a dark history in this classic piece of Southern Gothic.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Death and Revenge & Betrayal as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What drives a person to betray?” and “How do people face death?”

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Araby

This week in class, we’re reading “Araby” by James Joyce.

“Araby” (1914) is a classic coming-of-age story written by James Joyce. It touches on themes of disillusionment and the consequences of idealism.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Growing Up as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”

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A Sound of Thunder

This week in class, we’re reading “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury.

In Ray Bradbury’s short story “A Sound of Thunder,” a man goes back in time to hunt a Tyrannosaurus rex and inadvertently changes the future.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will, Man vs. Nature, and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?”, “What are the costs and benefits of technology?”, and “Can we control our fate?”

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Parent Guide: There Will Come Soft Rains

This week in class, we’re reading “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale.

In “There Will Come Soft Rains,” nature is indifferent to the conflicts and suffering of mankind.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Man vs. Nature and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?” and “How are we changed by war?”

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The Road Not Taken

This week in class, we’re reading “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

Published in 1916, this poem is one of the most frequently cited and most misunderstood of Frost’s poems.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What makes you who you are?” and “Can we control our fate?”

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