Junior High students tend to feel things deeply and engage new ideas with enthusiasm and abandon.  What a great time to read literature! Lively and tasteful discussions of enduring classics for young people will bring the wisdom of the ages to bear on relevant themes such as loyalty and friendship, responsibility, honor, and coming of age. Students are encouraged to participate aloud and enter joyfully into the Great Conversation – for many of them, a lifetime of profound reading begins here and now!

CenterForLit  instructors use the Socratic method to conduct online discussions of classic books.  This method involves asking questions that force them to think carefully about their reading, and then to think carefully about their thinking.  Using the author's theme as the goal of the discussion, instructors encourage students to understand his message by discussing the structural and stylistic components make up his story.  Next, students are drawn by further questioning to critically examine their own assumptions about the author's theme.  As a result, students gain a deeper understanding of the book, and also of themselves as readers and thinkers. 

Course Details: 

  • Instructors: Ian and Emily Andrews.
  • Schedule: Monthly 2-hour Socratic discussions with optional bi-weekly writing classes.  Three sections of this course are available (see full schedule and titles below).
  • NEW TIMES:  2-hour discussions are held at 10:00AM Pacific Time (1:00PM Eastern)
  • Technology: GoToWebinar conferencing service (included in tuition) provides screen sharing and live audio with chat.  Students raise hands to participate aloud, or chat privately with instructors.
  • Conversation boards:  Students make regular contributions to a private, chat-style discussion of each book with the other students in the class.  Posts are monitored by course instructors.
  • Recordings: High quality audio recordings of each class (with discussion notes in PDF format) allow students to participate at their own pace if desired. Students will receive an email invitation to join our ShareFile database, where they have access to recordings and notes from each discussion.
  • Grades and Credits:  Writing students receive regular report cards and one High School credit in composition.  Discussion students receive regular report cards based on their participation in the conversation board.
  • DON'T WANT GRADES? Call 509-738-2837 to enroll as a "Book Club" student - no report cards, no pressure, just great discussions!       
  • Tuition: $399 per year for the Socratic discussion class; an additional $300 per year for the optional writing class.
  • Payments:  A one-half tuition installment is charged upon enrollment.  The other installment is automatically charged after 90 days.


Optional Writing Section:

  • Availability:  Open to students enrolled in the discussion course.
  • Instructor: Adam Andrews
  • Tutors: Ian and Emily Andrews
  • Schedule:  Bi-weekly 45-minute classes on Tuesdays at 3:00PM Pacific time (6:00PM Eastern)
  • Assignments:  16 bi-weekly assignments on various aspects of writing from literature (Thesis statement formation, Source development, Outlining, Mechanics and Style) leading to three full-length literary analysis essays. Students submit assignments via the ShareFile database and receive line-by-line comments and grades according to a pre-determined schedule.
  • Recordings:  All classes are recorded and available in the ShareFile database to allow asynchronous participation; however, assignment due dates are not flexible. 
  • Grading:  Assignments are evaluated against a five-fold rubric that pinpoints areas for improvement.  Periodic report cards summarize progress, and combine grades from the writing and discussion portions of the class. 
  • Teacher access:  In addition to live classes, instructors and tutors are available via email to answer specific questions.
  • Click here to download a sample essay prompt
  • Click here to download a sample writing lesson
  • Click here to download a sample graded assignment
  • Click here to download the grading rubric
  • Click here to download a sample report card


Discussion Schedule:

Three sections of our Junior High Lit discussion class are available.  All classes meet at 10:00AM Pacific time (1:00PM Eastern).


Writing Class Schedule:

Our optional Junior High writing class is available to students enrolled in the Socratic discussion course.  The dates below apply to students in all Sections (A, B, and C).  All writing classes meet at 3:00PM Pacific time (6:00PM Eastern).

Upon enrollment, you will download a registration packet with complete instructions
for joining each online discussion and participating in the Conversation Board.
If you would like more information, you can call our office any time at (509) 738-2837.

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This charge will appear as a half-tuition installment of $199 at checkout; 
the second installment of $199 is charged automatically after 90 days.

This charge will appear as a half-tuition installment of $349 at checkout; 
the second installment of $349 is charged automatically after 90 days.

We appreciate the responsibility involved in choosing curriculum materials for your students, and we ask you to make this decision carefully. If your plans change and your student must withdraw from a class, CenterForLit can transfer your registration to a different class or to a future term; however, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATIONS.