MS Lit Syllabus Fall 2020

We will begin with parts of speech and The Dangerous Voyage by Dave Gustaveson and move on to A Boy of Two Worlds by Lorna Eglin before taking our first test. At the end of the semester, we will cover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin as well as use advanced clauses and phrases to build amazing middle school paragraphs.

Middle School 2019-2020 Supplies and Guidelines

Classroom Supplies 1. 3 Ring Binder OR Section of 3 Ring Binder 2. College/Wide Ruled Lined Paper and Pencils 3. Current novel andGrammar Workbook Classroom Rules Always be attentive and ready to work. Treat others in the same kind and respectful manner that you would like to be treated. Be ready to offer an encouraging word as much as possible. Our words are powerful and it matters what you say and how you say it. Cell phones should stay in bags at all times in class.  Food or drink other than water is only allowed when the teacher requests it or brings it herself. Classroom Discipline Acting in a manner that disturbs the focus of the teacher, other individuals, or the class as a whole will be handled, at the teacher’s discretion, by either  asking the student directly for returned focus,  asking the student to wait in the nearest teacher’s lounge for a teacher-student conference at the earliest convenience, or asking the student to report to Mrs. Anderson in the office for either a teacher-studen…

Book Reports

These are worth 10 points per book report on books outside of class. Please make sure you are reading books on your reading level that you have never read before.
Printable version here. 

Mrs. Oster's Favorite Books

In no particular order.
*I have put stars by the books I recommend for anyone at anytime. These would be a great spring break read!

1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
2. Anything by Charles Dickens
3. Anything by Jane Austen
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
7. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain*
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (anything by Louisa May Alcott)*
12. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (anything by L.M. Montgomery)*
13. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
14. Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
15. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis*
16. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
17. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson*
18. The Bark of the Bog Owl (and the rest of that series) by …

Meet Your Teacher

My name is Olivia Oster, and I live on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain. I grew up in a small town in Alabama about two hours south of here, and I attended Covenant College 1996-2000. I married a St. Louis guy (my prince, I like to call him) and we have five children, two of whom were born in Uganda. 
As a family, we love hiking, biking, sports, horses, beaches, mountains, movies, and books.  I have taught for over 20 years in every level from pre-school to adult, but my greatest loves in teaching are writing curriculum and teaching literature to middle and high schoolers.  Currently I also teach ESL online for VIPKID and teach ballet on Lookout Mountain. Besides reading and teaching, I love baking, taking long walks with my husband, and snuggling on the couch with my kids and dog.
Amos, age 7

Bethany, age 10
Caleb, age 10

Jacob, age 12
Naomi, age 14

The Power of the Myth

John Bunyan: "[We can use metaphor and allegory to] make truth's golden beams cast forth its rays as light as day."

Tim Keller: "Parts of Biblical truth can often be found--sometimes expressed beautifully and clearly--right alongside of the trivial or the false in the cultural products of the world." (from forward to The Stories We Tell)

John Eldredge: "The best stories of all...bring us the Eternal Truths and take the the form of...myths."

Lindskoog and Hunsicker: "A fantasy that keeps faith with the reader leaves the promise of growing up to be a beautiful swan, of having cinders and shame replaced by royal splendor, and even of having beastliness tamed and transformed by love." 

Tolkien: "[Fairy tales help us] stand outside of Time itself, maybe."

Ecclesiastes 3:11 "Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."

Gandalf (Tolkien): "This quest may …

My Butterfly

In High School Literature and Composition with me this year, we will begin the year by reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and writing a short autobiography of our own. I thought you all might enjoy reading a bit of your teacher's autobiography here.
My momma's tummy began to grow when I was four years old. When they told me that there would soon be a little brother or sister to play with, I created an imaginary little sister who was with me wherever I went. When my parents found out the little one was a boy, they were afraid to tell me for fear that my little heart would be broken. But when they gently broke the news to me, my imaginary sister cheerfully became an imaginary brother and all was well. When my little brother was born there was much rejoicing by all. I loved him, held him, fed him his bottle, and was a very happy big sister. Many came to see him, and this part of my story focuses on a day when my dad's secretary came to see my baby brother and brou…