Course: 9th Grade Literature - Standard
Good literature is critical for many reasons. First, it exposes students to a certain kind of argument that is not present in other courses, such as catechism or the sciences: the argument by example. This type of argument can move the soul and will in a way that a clearly reasoned and concise argument cannot. For example, a priest could give a well-reasoned sermon on good morals and trust in God's will in the midst of heavy trials; but one experiences this in action and vivid color in a novel like Jane Eyre.
Besides this, however, literature exposes the student to the richness of the author's rich vocabulary, sentence structure, imagery, and narrative. The student's imagination is perfected, and his writing skills are given a great style to emulate.
This Ninth Grade Standard literature course introduces the student to some easier but classic works. The goal here is to make the student enjoy the reading, gain some of the above benefits, and want more.
Fabiola is a historical-fiction novel telling the inspiring and enlightening story of the noble Roman pagan woman named Fabiola, who lives in the time of Roman persecutions of Catholics. She is surrounded by Catholic martyrs (St. Sebastian, St. Agnes, and others) who teach her - by example first - how beautiful the Catholic Faith is. Does she convert? Read it to find out! Besides inspiring stories of heroic martyrdom, the student learns many true historical facts about life in the time of the persecution.
Huckleberry Finn is the timeless class of Huck Finn escaping from his own very difficult life, and joins the very likeable negro slave, Jim, who is running away as well. Their adventures along the Mississippi, besides being very interesting, are not just for entertainment. There are meaty things to thing about, such as Huck's character development and selfishness in contrast with Jim's virtues; Huck's very real moral dilemmas about obedience and breaking the civil law. Twain's simulation of Jim's negro slang is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book, once the student gets used to it.
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