TUESDAYS at 11:00 A.M. (ends at noon)
ONE SEMESTER CLASS
In this class, students will read novels about the end of the world and what may (or may not) come after. We will talk about what makes the apocalypse so appealing in entertainment, and explore the philosophical questions raised by different works. At the end of the class, each student will be invited to "Build Your Own Apocalypse" based on the themes and questions we've explored, and will have the option to share it with the class.
What students will get out of the class
- Students will engage in literary analysis and Socratic-style class seminars
- Students will be asked to engage with the text both via discussion and through written journal assignments
- Students will have the opportunity to exercise their own creativity and create a final 'apocalyptic' presentation as a response to the questions we've asked in class
What students should be prepared to put into the class
- Students should keep up with their reading assignments outside of class; we'll be reading four novels over the course of 12 sessions
- Students should be prepared to participate in class discussion
- There will be weekly journal assignments addressing specific questions raised by the class
- I hope everyone will choose to Build an Apocalypse of their very own and share it with us!
Required materials: We will be reading the following four novels:
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
- The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Students may purchase new, used, or e-book copies, or check out the books from the library - whatever is most convenient. PLEASE NOTE that these novels are about major (fictional) worldwide disasters involving much loss of life and therefore contain scenes that can be violent and upsetting. In addition, they contain adult language and deal with adult situations, and as such are most suited for high school level and above. If you have questions or concerns about the content or would like more specific information, please let me know.
In addition, online access is required for videos, short reading assignments, etc.
About the teacher: Suzanne Rezelman was a software engineer for several years before making the switch to full-time homeschooling mom. As a mother of four (the eldest of whom is following in mom's footsteps by attending Georgia Tech to study computer science this fall), she's spent over 15 years as a homeschool teacher, and has been able to indulge her love of literature, history, and all things nerdy along the way. Please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the class.