MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

5 Months, 4 Books 2S (2S)

Biography

Calling all bookworms! This course is designed for passionate readers who seek to explore diverse genres, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and develop increasing autonomy to analyze texts. Throughout the semester, students will delve into a curated selection of classic and contemporary literature, spanning various cultures, time periods, and perspectives. Readings may include: American Dirt by Janine Cummins, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, and Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult. The emphasis is on fostering a deep appreciation for the written word while honing the skills necessary for independent literary exploration. Collaborative discussions will be a central aspect of the course, providing students with the opportunity to share their insights, challenge perspectives, and refine their communication skills. Students will be encouraged to express their understanding of literature through articulate, persuasive commentary (both written and multimedia) and creative projects, such as writing original pieces inspired by the works they read. Overall, 5 Months, 4 Books aims to foster a lifelong love of reading, enhance critical thinking skills, and encourage students to become independent, thoughtful readers.