Teaching the Classics is an eight-hour seminar that shows parents and teachers a powerful method for discussing literature. This method can be applied to any book at any grade level, regardless of the teacher's experience. It is Center For Lit's flagship product, and the foundation of all our work.
A DVD seminar featuring Adam and Missy Andrews, Worldview Detective is designed for parents, teachers, and high school students who want to learn how to discover an author's worldview through close reading of his work.
Each volume in the Ready Readers series provides complete discussion notes for a collection of classic stories, including questions from the Socratic List on all major structural and stylistic elements: Conflict, Plot, Characters, Setting, Theme, Context and Literary Devices. Each question is answered in full with references to the text. Ready Readers also provides completed story charts and a short author biography for each title.
Reading Roadmaps is a comprehensive, 231-page, Scope & Sequence manual containing annotated reading lists for grades K-12. Designed as a supplement to the Teaching the Classics basic seminar, it brings together more than 200 classic titles specially chosen by Adam and Missy Andrews. Each entry summarizes the story’s plot, conflicts, themes, and literary devices, along with links to teacher resources and suggestions for alternate titles.
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.
The first volume in the Ready Readers series provides a discussion of ten children's picture books. Although the content is primarily useful as a tool for teaching K-3 students the basics of literary structure and style, it is also helpful for introducing older students to literary analysis at a more approachable level.
The second Ready Readers edition offers a complete Socratic discussion for five chapter books at a basic reading level. It is appropriate for upper level elementary students, and older students wishing to brush up on the basics of the Teaching the Classics method.
Including five classic works of juvenile literature such as such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, this edition of Ready Readers is appropriate for the junior high level and above.
The fourth Ready Readers’ cover design displays the beautiful artwork of J. Renee Illustration. Jessica Johnson took her inspiration from the pages of The Great Divorce, and just as the brilliant little, red tour bus stands out as something solid and real in Lewis' ghostly world, we believe Socratic discussions such as those demonstrated in this book's pages will bring upper level students face-to-face with ideas that will clothe them in Solid Flesh.
C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia remain among the world’s most treasured books for readers young and old. Now you can lead great discussions of these classics with ease. Designed for use with the Teaching the Classics program, Ready Readers: The Chronicles of Narnia deals with each story separately, providing you with 7 ready-to-teach lessons in reading comprehension or literary analysis.
This volume contains excerpts from 25 works of literature, one for each day of December, including authors such as T.S. Eliot, G.K. Chesterton, W.H. Auden, Madeleine L'Engle and many more, accompanied by reflections from Missy on their implications for advent. Used as a daily reading or general reference, by yourself or with your family, Wild Bells: A Literary Advent is sure to have you thinking and talking about the most important truths of the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.