Give your student a love for classic literature. 

Wasko Lit classes are all about nurturing and inspiring a love for great books.

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It’s not about tests.

It’s not about defining literary terms.

It’s not about memorizing names and dates.

It’s about the books.

We read a lot of good books together. And we talk about them. As time goes by, we all learn to talk about them more intelligently. Sure, we teach literary terms like plot, conflict, and theme. But we only use those terms to help us understand and appreciate the books.

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
— C.S. Lewis

How Do Wasko Lit Classes Work?

Wasko Lit classes require a lot of reading. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

Each week, Students:

  • Complete the assigned reading

  • Take a short, online comprehension quiz

  • Answer an online discussion question

  • Attend a one-hour, live class session by webinar

In addition, students must Submit two literary analysis papers and one creative project

The reading schedule is designed to require approximately one hour per day for four days each week. This varies some depending on the length and difficulty of the work, and the reading ability of the student, but it’s a good rule of thumb.

All class sessions are recorded in case you miss one.

Yes, your kids can handle these books. 

I know the reading list can seem intimidating. Parents and students sometimes wonder if they are ready for difficult classic works like The Aeneid, Paradise Lost, Crime and Punishment and Moby Dick. But trust me; I've been teaching this stuff for almost twenty years to students of a wide range of abilities. They are always capable of much more than you or they would expect.  

Some books will seem beyond students when they first attempt to read them, but I provide lots of resources to help along the way. And, of course, we spend much of the time in our class discussions on the basics--sometimes just figuring out exactly what is going on. 

We will challenge students of every ability. Some will be ready to go beyond simple comprehension into literary analysis and criticism. Others will simply work to get a feel for the basic purpose and plot of each work. Either way, students will come away with life-changing encounters with some of the best writing our culture has ever produced. 

Give it a try--you won't regret it!

What Are the Great Books?

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.
— Mortimer Adler

There's no officially recognized Great Books list, of course, and even if there were, these courses would only cover a sampling. Scholars have offered various versions of the "canon" of Western literature for generations. The books we cover are included by most. 

All courses focus on works of fiction, though we do sprinkle in some classic non-fiction as well. Students will encounter epic poems, novels, drama, short stories, poetry, biography, memoir, and works of philosophy and theology. They will be provoked to think and feel more deeply about the world and their place in it. 

Success Stories

...your Writing and Lit programs have both been a Godsend to us. Both of our boys enrolled in the Fall of 2018, and overnight their interest in ELA went from completing a daily chore to “I can’t wait until the next assignment”! We are all absolutely thrilled with your program, and looking forward to the upcoming school year!
— -The Rice Family, Craig, Alaska
I couldn’t endorse a literature class by Mr. Wasko highly enough to do it justice. What I will tell you to do is to take it and take it now. I discovered that I understood not just “the Classics” but the world better by taking Mr. Wasko’s literature classes. They give you a reference point to understand events in the world.
— Daniel Lamb
Thank you so much for teaching Lit 2, I really enjoyed your class! All of the books, plays, and poems we read were fun, interesting or both. I’ve gained an appreciation for Shakespeare and poetry that I never dreamed I would have. I was really caused to think about the works through your discussion questions and conferences. I found myself getting carried away at times answering questions way more in depth than was necessary because I enjoyed the subject so much and didn’t want to stop. I even memorized Shakespeare’s XVIII Sonnet because I loved it some much! Thank you for giving me a greater appreciation and joy for literature! You are an amazing teacher.
— Corwin