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Movies as Literature with Composition

In Movies as Lit, students in 8th grade through high school will watch classic movies to introduce and study the basic elements of literary analysis. We will study such things as plot development, character analysis, symbolism, and comparing and contrasting, just to name a few. This course will not only give students the tools to appreciate good books more fully, but will also equip them with the ability to discern underlying messages in movies rather than simply absorb them. In class, students will participate in group and individual projects, prepare short essays, and produce informal reader-response writing for purposes of discussion and evaluation.
"Movies as Literature really surprised me with the depth of what it accomplishes. It looks so interesting, that as I read through it, I found myself wishing for an opportunity to teach the course."


Required texts: none
Copy/Supply fee: $20.00 (paid to Mary Bergman at Orientation or the first class attended)
Annual tuition: $420.00 ($42 per month for 10 months, August – May or $47/month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)


Mary Bergman

B.A. English

Mary’s lifelong love of great books led her to pursue a degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation she attended the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After marrying a handsome Marine officer, she moved to Hawaii, Louisiana, and South Carolina before settling in Richmond. Homeschooling her three children over the last 20 years has been one of her greatest joys and biggest challenges. In addition to teaching her own children, Mary has taught in private schools, homeschool academies and churches. Most recently she has been serving as the Elementary Education Director at her church.

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