Writing & Analysis: YA Literature

Ages: 12-18
Day, Time: Fridays, 1:15-2:15
Location: Computer Room
COST: $95


Steven Schroeppel

Steven Schroeppel has extensive experience working with children of a variety of ages and in different settings, including youth soccer coach, scouting leader, and tutor. He taught high school for 15 years in one of Seattle’s prominent private schools, in subjects including history, philosophy, economics, political science, ethics, literature, and French. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington, and graduate degrees from Georgetown and Harvard. He believes that the learning process should be a holistic experience, combining skill building and knowledge acquisition with exploration, development of differing perspectives, critical thinking, and above all, should fascinate.

class description

This course will be similar to other literature courses offered in past terms. The course will focus on reading and analysis of substantive literary works drawn from the Young Adult Literature genre. Students will be expected to complete the weekly assigned reading out of class; in-class activities will center around discussion and critical analysis of the week’s reading selection, with focus placed on working towards greater comprehension of significant literary elements such as characterization, language usage, imagery, perspective, setting, structure, tone, and symbolism. Occasional short writing assignments will give students opportunities to expand their views and analytic abilities further, and continue to develop their writing skills. Examples of works to be read in the course may include: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Outsiders, Gathering Blue, The Fault in Our Stars, A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye, The Life of Pi, The Book Thief, Number the Stars. (Final determination of the course reading list will be made in consultation with the students enrolled in the course.)

Please note that the first reading assignment will be prior to the beginning of the course (so that the students will have material to discuss at the first class meeting) — please e-mail the instructor directly, once you have registered for this course, to receive the first assignment.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Appropriate reading-level ability, competent basic writing skills.

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.


There will be weekly reading, and a few short writing assignments.

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parent involvement:

Parents welcome.

Age Variances:

Students outside of the age range listed on this class description will not be granted age variance admission.