BeforeTolkien

12 yrs. and up,  $175 - Prerequisite: Must have read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Sojourn through the ages, reading Greek and Norse mythology and Christian tales. Each class will take time to discuss Tolkien’s works in light of the bigger, weekly discussions. The reading list includes titles that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings.

ClassicAdventure1

13 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course– No prerequisite 

There is a reason why mankind has always been fascinated with tales of adventure. They are not simply stories of the clash of swords, bold exploration, and derring-do - they contain a wealth of truth about our world and ourselves. In this course, students will use Socratic discussion to uncover the deeper meanings in some of western culture's best-loved adventure stories.

ClassicAdventure2

13 yrs and up, $175 – No Prerequisite

Fantastic tales of heroism, honour, mystery, and courage! Students follow the exploits of warriors, kings, seafarers, and hosts of adventurers, using Socratic discussion to uncover the deeper meanings in some of western culture's best-loved stories.

Students may wish to purchase some books for ease of reading, but online copies are available below.

ClassicMystery

14 yrs and up, $175 - Prerequisite: One Intermediate level course

Whodunit – and why? Plunge into the whirl of profound truths that weave through these beloved masterpieces of mystery literature. Discover the foggy secrets of the first detective novel ever written, match wits with Sherlock Holmes, and test your own solution to a mystery its own author died without revealing! Both thrilling and full of timeless ideas, these stories are a true treat for mystery-lovers.

DickensTheAdventuresOfNicholasNickleby

13 yrs and up, $175 – Prerequisite - either one Upper Junior or Intermediate level course. 

By utilizing the Socratic Method of discussion, students will uncover timeless truths embedded in Nicholas Nickleby.Hot-tempered, daring, and wonderstruck Nicholas Nickleby breaks the law to save his friend Smike from his tyrannical, one-eyed master.  Only nineteen years old, the two of them find themselves on the run, seeking their fortune wherever they can find it. Hilarity strikes as Nicholas finds himself in crazy situations only Dickens could dream up, but he must also use his wits and his fists against an array of villains who are determined to destroy him. Drama, humour, true love, tragedy, and surprises abound in a young Charles Dickens’ masterpiece.

GreekMyths

14 yrs and up, $175 - Prerequisite: One other Intermediate level course.

“Over the wine-dark sea wended the terrible fleet of a thousand ships, on the inconstant ocean dancing….” In the world’s youth, Greek bards came up the world’s first fully-developed epic fantasy, full of unforgettable characters. Laugh at the hilarious story of Hermes who became a thief on the very day he was born! Soar over the bold Odysseus’s ship as he navigates hydras, enchantresses, and the perils of a treacherous sea – will he ever come home to reclaim his rightful kingdom? Will Aeneas survive to found the geat dynasty from which Rome will spring?  Brimming with cunning warriors, clever maidens, heartbreak and heroism, the Greek mythos is not to be missed!

This course is designed to build students up in familiarity and comfort with the cast of mortals and immortals that people the pages of these tales. Students will grow in confidence as they progress from modern-day retellings of myth to the original ancient writing. Socratic discussion allows them to mine the truths that lie in these tales, build up their critical thinking, and grow in communication skills.

HistoricalFiction

Intermediate - 12 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course– No prerequisite

Glimmerings of imagination tangle with tales of true-life heroes in the pages of historical fiction. Thrill to these well-loved stories of a treasure hidden in the depths of an old abbey, Joan of Arc’s battle for France, a conspiracy to overthrow the king of the micro-nation of Ruritania, St. Paul the Apostle’s escape from murderers by night in a basket, and more!

JaneAusten1

13 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course– No prerequisite 

Is Fanny just a weak wimp? Which one is "Pride" and which one is "Prejudice"? Should Emma be sent to prison for her constant meddling? Find out for yourself! The Jane Austen course will cover three of Austen's books - Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. The character development and differences between Fanny, Lizzie and Emma will be discussed, as well as those topics and questions which will arise from the participants own critical reading of the text.

JaneAusten2

13 yrs and up, $175 – No Prerequisite

Only Jane Austen could concoct such a perfect blend of drama and wit! Here are three more of her masterpieces to savour. Discover the secrets of Northanger Abbey, walk the fine line betweenSense and Sensibility,
and learn what can be achieved with just a bit of Persuasion. Add Socratic discussion to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a fine time of it!

LordOfTheRings

13 yrs and up, $175 – No Prerequisite

Journey into Middle Earth through the readings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Read and discuss The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). This class will go beyond the magic and adventure to explore themes of friendship, loyalty, sacrifice, sin, and redemption.  Readings are long.  It is suggested that students are proficient readers.