CLASSICS CLUB

The Classics Club is a series of Lit classes on DVD taught by director Adam Andrews.  Each DVD demonstrates the Teaching the Classics method applied to a separate story.  Classics Club episodes present a thorough introduction to the story's major themes and key structural elements. The Classics Club is a stand-alone literature class for students of any age.  It also provides the perfect refresher for parents and teachers preparing to give classes of their own.  

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The Wind in the Willows – grades 3 and up

The Classics Club: The Wind in the Willows is a complete discussion of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale for grades three and up. Using questions from the Socratic List, Adam leads the class in a discussion of structural elements of the story such as setting, character, plot, and conflict. The discussion also explores universal themes like home, friendship, foolishness, and Nature.                                           Adam introduces irony and symbolism in a discussion of literary devices and reveals some significant details about the life and times of Kenneth Grahame. Students participate in a lively question-and-answer session and Adam demonstrates how to incorporate their comments into the discussion.  Running time 1 hour 50 minutes.

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                                                                                             The Yearling – grades 4 and up   

Marjorie Rawlings' Pulitzer prize winner never fails to touch the heart with its powerful depiction of a boy's coming of age.  Full of symbolism and imagery, The Yearling is as beautiful a treatment of this theme as any in the english language.  Adam's discussion deals with all the major elements of fiction in turn without losing sight of the breathtaking artistry of the novel. One of Adam's favorite classes, The Classics Club: The Yearling is a stand-alone literature class for students in grades 4 through 10 and beyond. Running time 2 hours 3 minutes.

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Huckleberry Finn - grades 6 and up

The Classics Club: Huckleberry Finn brings Mark Twain's immortal tale of adventure to life for sixth through tenth graders.  Adam leads the group in a discussion of such themes as manhood, loyalty, racism, religion, conscience, and the nature of good and evil.                               The class includes helpful discussions of symbolism, irony, and the difference between setting and context. This Classics Club is a stand-alone literature class for students in grades 5 through 10 and beyond.  It also provides the perfect refresher for parents and teachers preparing to lead classes of their own. Running time 1 hour 56 minutes. 

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Hamlet – grades 8 and up

Last but not least, in The Classics Club: Hamlet, Adam examines the struggles of the Danish prince from the perspective of universal themes such as cowardice, bitterness, and revenge, suggesting that although we ourselves are not royalty, we are prone to its weaknesses.  This DVD includes an engaging summary of the plot in plain English for students who may be struggling with Shakespeare's poetry. This Classics Club is a stand-alone literature class for students in grades 8 through 12. Running time: 1 hour 3o minutes.

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