In this course, Dr. Flora Armetta describes and demonstrates how she teaches 3 different great books to her upper-school students at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The 3 books she presents in this course are:
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Dr. Armetta presents three lectures for each book, explaining both the book and author’s place in literature and history, describing the essential themes and brilliance of each book, and then suggesting ways of presenting, teaching, and discussing each book with students. She also suggests a variety of assignments and assessments. Each lecture is followed by discussions with Dr. Christopher Perrin in which further pedagogical strategies are explored.
Flora Armetta earned her doctorate in 19th-century literature in 2009 from Columbia University and has written for The New Yorker and the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, among other publications. She has lectured on art and literature at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Columbia University. She currently is an upper-school humanities educator at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and formerly served as Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities at CUNY / Guttman Community College in New York City.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete each presentation lesson or discussion in the course (by marking it complete or by taking the quiz) and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one or more essays demonstrating your understanding of the course. (Please note that essays are simply evaluated by word count.) When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will become available within “My Courses” (accessible under “Courses” in the main menu when you are signed in as an active subscriber).
We recommend previewing the essay question within the end of course test before starting the course. This will help in guiding your note taking as you progress through the course. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 3 certification.