Roman Roads Classroom: Good Books I


A semester-long “Good Books” literature class for ages 12 and up. Read four books over the semester, write four stories and an end-of-term essay, and meet weekly for a live video-conference recitation with James Nance. Students will read and discuss these books together, and learn from their characters, discover connections between their plots, and delight in their settings.

Weekly Recitation: Wednesday, 8:00-9:30 a.m. PST (start date August 24, 2016)
Instructor: James B Nance
Credit: 1/2 Literature or English Credit
Does the recitation time not work for you? Email us at with a more suitable time. We may open a second section based on demand. 

Fall 2016 Semester books:
– The Horse and his Boy, by C.S. Lewis
– 100 Cupboards, by N.D. Wilson
– The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
– Watership Down, by Richard Adams

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Product Description

These are stories that I have read and re-read many times, stories that I love to ponder, talk about, and encourage my friends, young and old, to read. These are stories of truth and fantasy, home and adventure, friendship conquering fear, and faith overcoming weakness. These are the right stories. These are a few of the really good books that everyone should read.

In this class we will read and discuss these good books together. We will learn from their characters, delight in their settings, and join in their adventures.

Course grade will be based on staying current in the reading, comprehending the stories, being involved in discussion, and one writing assignment per book.

Specific editions are NOT required. Please feel free to use whatever edition of these books you already own.

Buy the required books on Amazon:

horse and his boy - amazon

The Horse and His Boy

The Horse and His Boy

By C.S. Lewis


Watership Down

Watership Down

By Richard Adams


100 Cupboards

100 Cupboards

By N.D. Wilson


The Hobbit

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

James NancedJames Nance received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1984, and after working for Boeing for five years, moved to Moscow, Idaho where he taught Logic, Rhetoric, Calculus, Physics, and Doctrine at Logos School for 25 years. During that time he developed several curricula, including the award-winning Introductory and Intermediate Logic. He is currently writing a rhetoric course, Fitting Words: Classical Rhetoric for the Christian Student, which is slated for publication in Spring 2016. He enjoys teaching, reading, acting, and playing games with his friends and family. He and his wife Giselle have four children: Jamie, Josiah, Jacqueline, and Jonathan, and one grandchild.

12-Jan Session 1  Introduction
19-Jan Session 2  The Horse and His Boy 1-8
26-Jan Session 3  The Horse and His Boy 9-15
2-Feb Session 4  100 Cupboards 1-6
9-Feb Session 5  100 Cupboards 7-11
16-Feb Session 6  100 Cupboards 12-epilogue
23-Feb Session 7  The Hobbit 1-5
8-Mar Session 8  The Hobbit 6-9
15-Mar Session 9  The Hobbit 10-14
22-Mar Session 10  The Hobbit 15-19
5-Apr Session 11  Watership Down 1-10
12-Apr Session 12  Watership Down 11-17
19-Apr Session 13  Watership Down 18-23
26-Apr Session 14  Watership Down 24-29
3-May Session 15  Watership Down 30-38
10-May Session 16  Watership Down 39-epilogue

Minimum age: 12 years old.

Each student must have:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam. (If you need a webcam: GOOD | BEST)

1/2 Literature or English Credit

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