literature

In Literature courses, students read works of literature by Russian and foreign authors in varying levels of sophistication and complexity.  Our objective in these classes is to show students that reading in Russian can be both exciting and rewarding, and give them the confidence to read books in Russian on their own.

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Literature Vinni Pukh (2-4 grades)

In Vinnie Pukh courses, students read works of literature by Russian and foreign authors. Most of the reading is done in class by the teacher, and discussion focuses on reading comprehension, plot lines and characters. Students are expected to read 3-5 pages per week at home, with parents’ help, if necessary. Examples of works read in the past: Ирина Пивоварова “Верная собака Уран”, Ян Экхольм "Тутта Карлссон и Людвиг Четырнадцатый", Нина Дашевская "Тео - театральный капитан",  Виталий Бианки "Мышонок Пик", Эрик Распэ, “Барон Мюнхаузен”. These courses are geared towards students in 2nd-4th grade who understand and speak Russian and can read at least several paragraphs on their own.

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Buratino (4-5 grades)

In Literature Buratino courses, students read longer, more sophisticated works of literature with more difficult vocabulary and more complex sentence structure. Classwork and homework involves some writing assignments, and students are expected to read 5-10 pages per week at home, with parents’ help, if necessary. Examples of works read in the past: Астрид Линдгрен, "Рони - дочь разбойника", Александр Пушкин, "Руслан и Людмила", Юрий Коваль "Недопёсок", Константин Паустовский, “Растрёпанный воробей” и другие сказки, Александр Куприн “Белый пудель”. These courses are geared towards students in 4th-5th grade who understand and speak Russian and can read at least a short story such as Dragunsky or Nosov, or a chapter in a chapter book on their own.

Znaika (5-6 grades)

In our Literature Znaika courses students will read short novels and poems by classic and modern Russian authors. Classwork and homework involve longer and more creative writing assignments, and students are expected to read 10-20 pages per week at home, with parents’ help, if necessary. Examples of works read in the past: Александр Пушкин, "Маленькие трагедии", Александр Грин, “Алые паруса”, Анатолий Алексин “Мой брат играет на кларнете”, Нина Дашевская "Скрипка неизвестного мастера", курс "Русский язык в рифму". These courses are geared towards students in 5th-6th grade who understand and speak Russian and can read short modern chapter books on their own. 

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Muromets (7-9 grades)

In our Literature Muromets courses students will tackle longer and more complex works of fiction from the 19th and 20th century. In 2021-22 academic year, we will read the following works: Михаил Булгаков,  "Собачье сердце"; Александр Пушкин, "Повести Белкина", английская классическая поэзия в переводе русских поэтов 20 века (Пастернака, Маршака, Бродского).