The World of Jane Austen Reading Club

Term: Summer 2021
Target Grade Levels: Grades 8-12
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Price: $150.00

Course Sections
Section 1, June 28–July 28 (10 sessions): M/W 11:00 a.m. ET with Christopher Marchand
Section 2, June 28–July 28 (10 sessions): M/W 2:00 p.m. ET with Christopher Marchand

Have you ever wanted to live inside of a Jane Austen book? Have you ever thought you should have been born during the Regency Era of England, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries? Or…have you only seen the movies and have always heard about this Jane Austen, but have been too intimidated to actually read her books on your own? Well, it is a truth universally acknowledged that at some point every book lover needs to immerse themselves in the world of Jane Austen.

Our book club will dive deep into two of her novels—Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice—with robust discussions and in-class readings. There will also be the potential to read letters she wrote and other historical documents in order to help us understand the context of her time and culture. Finally, you will be encouraged to watch one of her film adaptations so you can report back to us how well it lined up with the book.

Please note: this club is not only for girls. Boys often come to love Austen’s wit and phrasing just as much as girls (and your teacher is one of them). All of which is to say: if you choose to come calling to our book club, rest assured your summer will be a grand affair.


Syllabus: Coming soon.

* Required Texts

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Specific editions of our texts will not be required. Any supplemental reading will be provided by the teacher.

*Required texts are not included in the purchase of the course.


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. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

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. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

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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