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British Mystery Short Stories and Novels Reading Club (Summer)

Term: Summer 2020, June 16–July 16 (10 sessions)
Target Grade Levels: 7+ (and parents of enrolled students)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Price: $150.00

Course Sections
Section 1:
 T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Christopher Marchand (Section Full: Join Waiting List)
Section 2: M/W 2:00 p.m. ET with Christopher Marchand

Joint Enrollment: This course is offered as a joint-enrollment class between Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School.

Do you love a good mystery? Are you a devoted Anglophile? You are invited to survey a selection of great mystery short stories and novels by investigating some of the genre’s most well-known British authors: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and P.D. James. In addition to simply enjoying a sampling of landmark British mysteries, we will discuss how great mystery stories are structured and what character traits make for great detectives. Finally, you will be encouraged to watch one of the many screen adaptations of the books on our reading list and then report back to the group with your film review.

 

Syllabus: View course syllabus here.

*Required course materials:

*Books are not included in the purchase of the course. We have supplied links to Amazon for convenience, but any edition of the book is acceptable.

Christopher Marchand is a music pastor and priest at Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois, serving in the Anglican Church of North America. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A former headmaster and teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian School, he has taught humanities, history, science, and government courses. He is married to Elisa, and they have four children: three boys and a girl. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a Guide for Churches and Families and producer of the blog/podcast PostConsumer Reports, Christopher loves discussing anything related literature, film, music, art, or tennis. cmarch34@gmail.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

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Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

 

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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