Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

This is a 30 week, 1.5 hour, high school level literature course focused on classic science fiction and fantasy. We will highlight authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert to see how and why their writing has endured. We’ll consider the narrative qualities of these genres, and the power of the storytelling and world-building. During the fall semester, we will tackle the entirety of the Lord of the Rings series. In spring, we will consider Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, some short stories by Robert Lewis Stevenson and Washington Irving, and wrap up the year with Frank Herbert’s Dune.

  • Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R Tolkien)
  • Two Towers (J.R.R Tolkien)
  • Return of the King (J.R.R Tolkien)
  • The Lost World (Sir Author Conan Doyle)
  • Captain of the Pole Star – short story (Sir Author Conan Doyle)
  • The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – short story (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – short story (Washington Irving)\
  • The Specter Bridegroom – short story (Washington Irving)
  • Dune (Frank Herbert)

Our class will largely be discussion-based, with some time spent on small group interaction and completing in-class writing assignments or short projects. The best thing about reading something with others is the chance to discuss what you’ve read, speak passionately about what you’ve loved or hated, and commiserate. Students should come prepared to engage!

Required Texts Provided by Student: Main class texts (some available online through public domain).

Class Homework Requirements: Weekly assignments will be posted on Schoology and will include reading sections scheduled out for a four-day school week. Students will need internet access and should bring the current text and a binder for note taking and handouts to class.


Time: 9:00-10:30
Grade: 9-12
Class Fees: $375
Supply fee:
Brittany Lyles

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.