Teaching Three Great Books

with Dr. Flora Armetta

– The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

– Jane Eyre
– Great Expectations

In this course, Dr. Flora Armetta describes and demonstrates how she teaches three different great books to her upper school students at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, PA. The three 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.

Here is the outline of the course:

Introduction to the Course

  • Course Introduction
  • Interview on Literature and the Liberal Arts
  • Lesson 1: An Overview of Teaching Three Great Books

How to Teach The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Lesson 2
  • Lesson 3
  • Lesson 4
  • Lesson 5
  • Discussion

How to Teach Jane Eyre

  • Lesson 6
  • Discussion
  • Lesson 7
  • Discussion
  • Lesson 8
  • Discussion
  • Lesson 9

How to Teach Great Expectations

  • Lesson 10
  • Discussion
  • Lesson 11
  • Lesson 12
  • Discussion

Teaching with Visual Art

  • Lesson 13
  • Discussion

Flora Armetta earned her doctorate in nineteenth-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, PA, and formerly served as Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities at CUNY / Guttman Community College in New York City.

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