Written by Great Books on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Our 2020 summer program of Great Books Online is in the history books and our students' feedback is absolutely inspiring!
Hear what our campers and parents say about Great Books Online's unique live class learning style and why it is a stand out program for literary exploration, writer's workshops, critical thinking, and civil discourse skills.
Here are their responses to the question: What would you tell a student interested in the Great Books Summer Program?
"Made my brain start churning and chugging after a long quarantine of sitting around."
Online Learning Done Right
"This week of discussion was enlightening and a great experience. All of the readings were works I have never read before, and the chats with people smarter than me were interesting and made my brain start churning and chugging after a long quarantine of sitting around. Overall a great experience that I will remember." - Rising 9th Grader from RI
"That it could be called a nerd camp or a book camp but actually it's a beautiful community of great minds and people where there are many ideas and opinions circulating. It is an amazing experience that can broaden your mind." - Rising 8th Grader from Austria
"I love poetry now and can recite Shakespeare at the drop of a hat."
"Great Books is a super fun way to meet people you have the same interests in. I had so much fun discussing interesting topics during our seminar and I can’t wait to come back next year!" - Rising 11th grade from FL
"Katie had an awesome first day and was texting...with her pod to prepare for their talent show. It far exceeded my expectations for how a remote camp could create a social experience. I think it’s highly likely that she will want to add another week." - Email from a Great Books Online Parent on June 23, 2020
"Yes! Has absolutely changed my life! My GB friends are my closest friends. GB has also made me a more voracious, persistent, and adventurous reader, as well as a better critical thinker. I read lots of philosophy - something that I would never have done without this camp. We have a poetry competition at camp, and it has grown my appreciation for poetry as a genre infinitely. I love poetry now and can recite Shakespeare at the drop of a hat. The way that I read has been so heavily influenced by this camp, in terms of analyzing literature through different lenses. It has also kept me from losing touch with books and art, especially as I am primarily operating in a STEM sphere." - Rising 12th Grader from WA
"Great Books Summer Program is an innovative, educational, and fun program that provides the necessary environment to read and analyze texts. You gain more confidence from being in a kind and respectful environment, and learn how to be a close reader." - Rising 8th Grader from CA
"It has also kept me from losing touch with books and art, especially as I am primarily operating in a STEM sphere."
"It is really interesting and it makes you think beyond what you have ever thought before. It will help you dig deep into texts and change your overall ideas. It is really interactive and very fun!" - Rising 8th Grader from NJ
"I would tell a student interested in the Great Books Summer Program to definitely sign up. It is a great way to learn and discover philosophies and incredible lessons that you've never thought about before. I learned so much, and can definitely see the knowledge that I gained at Great Books to help me for the rest of my life. The Great Books Summer Program was so exciting and memorable, while also being very educational." - Rising 8th Grader from CT
"Do it! Even if you think you’ll be a bit out of your comfort zone, do it. It’s entirely worth it. Learning how to interact with others in an academic space, talking about abstract concepts, and evaluating others’ opinions are all skills that are appreciating assets. Going to Great Books gives you the opportunity to take back a piece of the intellectual discussion to your school environment. Great Books is also a completely non-judgmental space in which you can freely share your opinions, something that is often difficult to find in school or in one's family life. Not only will you not regret the Great Books experience, you will learn from it and come out better on the other side." - Rising 12th Grader from VA
"It is very good for expanding the types of literature you read. You are also able to learn how to interpret more about the things you read by learning how to analyze themes and many other things that the text contains you don't always realize at first sight." - Rising 8th Grader from IL
"This program is amazing, you study everything from art, to complex stories and get better as a close reader. This program will also be very beneficial towards school success as well. It’s Amazing!" - Rising 8th Grade from NY
"Great Books gives you the opportunity to take back a piece of the intellectual discussion to your school environment."
"Great Books Summer Program opens a door in your mind to other views, elevated ideas, and certain degrees of intelligence. It was fun, engaging, and certainly expansive for philosophical opinions. Overall, GBSP helped improve my way of reading and purpose." - Rising 11th Grader from MS
"I really enjoyed Great Books this week. Writing and reading is not my best subject so I felt like Great Books really helped me improve my reading skills. It also helped me analyze hard texts." - Rising 6th Grader from MA
"We could tell Genevieve truly enjoyed it from her beaming smile at the end of each day. Thank you for offering such a wonderful learning opportunity." - Email From a Parent of a 2-Week Camper at Great Books Online, July 4, 2020.
For Students Who Love Reading & Writing
"If you love poetry or books, this camp is for you! Whether you love writing poetry, or reading books, you'd love this camp! The camp was super fun, as you get to, A) hang out with other kids your age, which is especially nice to do during quarantine B) share your opinions in a welcoming environment, with kids, who have similar interests to you, and C) it's overall a great experience! If you do Great Books, it won't disappoint you." - Rising 8th Grader from FL
"I felt like Great Books really helped me improve my reading skills. It also helped me analyze hard texts."
"I would tell them that the discussions are amazing. Being around many other like-minded kids who share the passion for books and the great minds help create an atmosphere where debates are welcome and discussions are eminent." - Rising 8th Grade from IL
"If you are passionate about reading and literature, you should absolutely try out great books. The readings are varied, so you should be prepared to read all different types of writing, and you will definitely be challenged. It's a great opportunity to stretch yourself as a reader and thinker." - Rising 12th Grader from IL
"I would tell them that it is a great way to learn more about a variety of literature, and a way to discover some genres of literature that you didn't know about." - Rising 8th Grader from CA
There's Still Time to Join Us!
Great Books Online is holding weekly sessions until July 31 for students in Grades 6 - 8 & 9 - 12 including Writer's Workshop Online and optional online specialty courses! Click here to Register Now, or for more information about this summer's curriculum, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 203-612-9470.
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