Language Arts

Into The Wilderness

3-20 students Language Arts Reading Reading Comprehension Writing

For centuries, humans have looked at the wilderness from different perspectives ~ that which should be conquered, that which we can survive, and that which we can admire, either from within or from afar. This class is a literary survey into several works which explore what happens when humans delve “into the wilderness”, either intentionally or not. 

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For centuries, humans have looked at the wilderness from different perspectives ~ that which should be conquered, that which we can survive, and that which we can admire, either from within or from afar. This class is a literary survey into several works which explore what happens when humans delve “into the wilderness,” either intentionally or not. How do humans cope? Do we merely survive? Can we thrive? What was the author intending when they cast their characters into the wilderness? What lessons can we learn from those who have gone into the wild? Some writing will be included and much classroom discussion will be had.

Readings will include:

To Light A Fire, by Jack London

Selected excerpts from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

The Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, by Peter Benchley

Additional Information

Class size 3-20 students
Supplies

We recommend purchasing or checking out the following items from a local library: 

To Light A Fire, by Jack London (a short story)

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

The Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez, by Peter Benchley

Prerequisites

None

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About the Instructor

Nina Zippay

About Your Instructor


Ms. Zippay earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism at Southern Illinois University followed by a Juris Doctor degree in Chicago at Kent College of Law, specializing in Environmental Law. She received her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in leadership and sustainability from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.

She is a local business entrepreneur of two education-based enterprises, Radical Radishes, a writing workshop and summer program for children and young adults, and Radical Cooks, a cooking school for both adults and children. She has served on many education-based non-profit boards including, but not limited to: Mt. Washington Elementary School Site Council, Odyssey Charter School, and the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.





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