Course Overview:

Popular Fiction is a course designed to allow small groups of students to choose contemporary works of fiction that align with their interests. The goal is to support students in developing their palates as adult readers and thus to inspire students to continue reading for pleasure long after they have graduated from high school. To this end, students read short stories and novels from a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, mystery, romance and fantasy. While some texts are chosen by the larger group, students also have opportunities to read works of fiction they have selected for themselves. Text selection varies each semester as class composition varies, student interests change and authors continue to publish those "gotta read it" novels. Thus, the following list of texts is a representative sample and is not necessarily indicative of what students will experience.

Recent Selections Include:

  • God of Beer by Garret Keizer
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Students are encouraged to browse the library in search of books to recommend to their classmates and their teacher.


 Course Requirements:

Although reading for understanding and for pleasure is the real focus of the Popular Fiction class, and students will read a great deal both in class and outside school, students can also expect to document what they have learned by writing a great deal in response to what they have read. They can also expect to read non-fiction partner texts that align with the works of fiction they have selected. They will discuss what they have read with their peers, and they will present what they have learned as well. While this is an elective course, students are still responsible for continuing to develop their skills and for meeting the demands of both the English Departmen's Proficiency statements and the school-wide Learning Expectations as described in the LRfolio.

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Orleans, Vermont 05860

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