A Semester of Middle Grade Literature: Session 1

In this 12 Week course, we will read two Middle Grade Novels, Me & Marvin Gardens and Song For a Whale. Discussions will focus on comprehension, theme, identifying the major elements of a story, extracting real world lessons, and building our capacity for empathy. Learners will also have reading response journals and projects at the completion of each book.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 12 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Class Experience

Students will improve their reading comprehension, their understanding of the elements of a story and how to identify those elements, their understanding of theme and how to identify themes, and their ability to discuss and respond to literature.
I have been leading Middle Grade and Teen book clubs for years as well as teaching literature and writing. My focus is not only reading comprehension and developing an understanding of universal themes, motifs, and character arcs, but also using literature to build our capacity for empathy, understanding, and awareness. I read countless Middle Grade novels in order to select the novels I choose to focus on. Novels that deepen our empathy, that encourage inclusion of marginalized people, that expand our awareness of life experiences that might differ from our own, and books that develop cultural awareness are the novels I tend to be drawn to and that I love to share with youth of all ages.
Weekly reading and optional reading response journal prompts.
Me & Marvin Garden
Song For A Whale

Notebook or Composition Book for the Reading Response Journal
Learners will be assessed through in class participation. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Amal J.
Lives in the United States
65 total reviews
25 completed classes

About Me

My sparks in life are studying and teaching writing, literature, and history. 

For the past six years, I have taught classes such as World History, American History , Language Arts, and Creative Writing to upper elementary and middle grade... 
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