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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Once per week
over 12 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
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During this session, we will read the books: Me & Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly Each week learners will read assigned chapters and together we will discuss the novel during our live sessions. I will introduce the students to the major elements of a story and they will discover how these elements play a role in every story they read. We will discuss the book through reading comprehension questions. In addition, we will discuss main characters, what they...
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.
Books: 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.
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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...