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Elementary Literature

Writing Section Optional

Do you know the best time to begin reading great books?  Right now! Regardless of the age of the student or the reading level of the story, the same principles of good reading apply.  What’s more, some of the very best stories ever told were written for children! Students in our elementary classes will learn basic principles of good reading and then apply them to a hand-picked selection of uplifting, inspiring stories.  Not only will they love the experience in the moment, but they’ll be acquiring skills that will last a lifetime.   

CenterForLit  instructors use the Socratic method to conduct online discussions of classic books.  This method involves asking questions that force them to think carefully about their reading, and then to think carefully about their thinking.  Using the author's theme as the goal of the discussion, instructors encourage students to understand his message by discussing the structural and stylistic components that make up his story.  Next, students are drawn by further questioning to critically examine their own assumptions about the author's theme.  As a result, students gain a deeper understanding of the book, and also of themselves as readers and thinkers.


We are thrilled to announce that Mr. Ian Andrews will be teaching our Elementary Lit class this year. (His sister Megan, who taught the class last year, has taken a new teaching position in Seattle, WA.) Ian is a gifted teacher with a warm and approachable personality.  He loves great stories and he loves children, too! Ian earned his B.A. in English from Hillsdale College in 2014. He has taught our Junior High Lit and writing courses for several years, and he is excited to help our Elementary kids learn to read and write as well.

You can reach Ian via email at 


Course Details:

A sample discussion of the CenterForLit Online Academy.

  • Instructors: Ian Andrews

  • Schedule: Monthly 90-minute Socratic discussions with optional weekly writing classes (see full schedule and titles below) are held at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (1:00 PM Eastern) on Mondays.

  • NEW FEATURES! Online meeting software (included in tuition) provides screen sharing and live audio with chat. Students raise hands to participate aloud, chat with instructors, and see instructors via live video.

  • Recordings: High quality audio recordings of each class (with discussion notes in PDF format) allow students to participate at their own pace if desired. Students receive an email invitation to join the student database, where they have access to recordings and notes from each discussion.

  • Grades and Credits (optional): Grades and Credits: Writing students receive regular report cards with suggestions for improvement. All students receive a certificate of completion/attendance upon request.

  • Tuition: $399 annually for the discussion-only class; an additional $300 for the optional writing section.

Optional Writing Section:

  • Availability: Open to students enrolled in the discussion course.

  • Instructor and Tutor: Missy Andrews

  • Schedule: Weekly 45-minute classes on Thursdays at 8:00 AM Pacific time (11:00 AM Eastern)

  • Assignments: 32 weekly assignments addressing the fundamentals of English composition, beginning with vocabulary-level activities, proceeding to sentence structure and syntax, and concluding with paragraph-length compositions. Students submit assignments via the student database and receive line-by-line comments according to a pre-determined schedule.

  • Recordings: Writing lessons are recorded to allow for asynchronous participation; however, assignment due dates are not flexible.

  • Grading: Grades and Credits: Writing students receive regular report cards with suggestions for improvement. All students receive a certificate of completion/attendance upon request.

  • Teacher access: Instructor and tutors are always available via email to answer specific questions. Emails are generally returned within 24 hours.

  • Click here to download a sample essay prompt

  • Click here to download a sample writing lesson

  • Click here to download a sample graded assignment

  • Click here to download the grading rubric

  • Click here to download a sample report card

Discussion Schedule

All discussion classes meet once per month at 10:00 AM Pacific time (1:00 PM Eastern) on Mondays. Section A and Section B meet on different weeks according to the following schedule:


Writing Class Schedule:

The optional writing class is available to students enrolled in the Socratic discussion course.  Class dates indicate when pre-recorded lessons are uploaded to the database, and when assignments are distributed.


Upon enrollment, you will download a registration packet with complete instructions
for joining each online discussion and participating in the conversation board.
If you would like more information, you can call our office any time at (509) 738-2837.



We appreciate the responsibility involved in choosing curriculum materials for your students, and we ask you to make this decision carefully. If your plans change and your student must withdraw from a class, Center For Lit can transfer your registration to a different class or to a future term; however, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR ONLINE CLASS REGISTRATIONS.