literature and Poetry

We offer three levels of Reading Fiction courses, depending on student age and reading abilities. Additionally, we offer courses in Poetry for various ages - check below for our current offerings. Students can stay at the same level throughout the year or move up a level whenever they’re ready to do so. ​

Literature

In Reading Fiction 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.

Literature Gorbunok/Vinnie Pukh

In Literature Gorbunok/Vinnie Pukh courses, students read short 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 1-2 pages per week at home, with parents’ help, if necessary. Examples of works read in the past: Ирина Пивоварова “Верная собака Уран”, Григорий Остер “38 попугаев”, Эрик Распэ, “Барон Мюнхаузен”. These courses are geared towards students in 2nd-4th grade who understand and speak Russian and can read at least a paragraph on their own.

  • Fall 2020: “Что вырастет из этого ребенка?” Павел Беренсевич

Literature Buratino

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 3-8 pages per week at home, with parents’ help, if necessary. Examples of works read in the past: Константин Паустовский, “Растрёпанный воробей” и другие сказки, Александр Куприн “Слон”, “В стране легенд”. These courses are geared towards students in 3nd-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.

  • Fall 2020: "Сказки Астрид Линдгрен"

Literature Znaika

In our Literature Znaika courses students will read short novels 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 Грин, “Алые паруса”, Анатолий Алексин “Мой брат играет на кларнете”, Александр Куприн “Белый пудель”. These courses are geared towards students in 5th-7th grade who understand and speak Russian and can read short modern chapter books on their own.

  • Fall 2020: “Скрипка неизвестного мастера” Нина Дашевская

​Poetry

In our poetry courses, students will explore the glorious traditions of Russian poetry of the 19th and 20th century. An important part of every poetry course is poetry recitation by all students (virtual or in-person, depending on the group and current circumstances).

  • Russian in verse (Русский язык в рифму) - offered in Fall 2020

    • 12-week course for students in grades 5-7 who are comfortable reading in Russian. This course is based on Daria Kumatrenko’s poetry course. We will cover 12 Russian poets, from Pushkin and Lermontov to Mayakovsky and Brodsky, and have a virtual poetry evening with student recitations at the end of the course.

    • Course consists of twelve 75 minute sessions plus weekly homework.

    • Click here to read a detailed description of the course in Daria Kumatrenko’s blog. One notable addition is that we WILL be memorizing poetry and participating in a virtual poetry evening at the end of the course.

  • Pushkin (Пушкин) - offered in Winter 2020.

    • This is a 10 week course for students in grades 3-4. In this course, students will be introduced to the works and life of Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin. Students will read, analyze and memorize several poems and excerpts from longer works, learn about 

  • Ballads (Баллады ) - offered in Spring 2020.

    • Works that we will read include Stevenson’s “Heather Ale”, series of ballads about Robin Hood,

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