African American Contemporary Literature Book Club for Teens: The Water Dancer

In this 8-week course, students will read and discuss "The Water Dancer" by T. Coates a historical/speculative fiction by Ta-Nehisi Coates and write a literary analysis paper.
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50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Students will read, discuss and write a literary analysis paper.
Cheryl Carter is the lead instructor of Collegiate Learning. Cheryl Carter, the writing coach, endearingly known as Professor Cheryl, for the way she methodically targets the stop-blocks that prohibit her clients from moving them ahead in completing their writing projects. Over the years, she has worked with authors writing educational, religion, science, business, and popular culture books. Professor Cheryl knows how to motivate emerging writers to overcome procrastination, literary lags and time constraints. She is the author of an ever-growing number of titles and has been published traditionally and independently. 

Professor Cheryl is also a college professor, who currently teaches English and writing classes. She also teaches creative writing, media and culturally relevant biography classes on Outschool.com. Professor Cheryl has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English. She has also completed graduate study in special education, college admissions and counseling, and is currently a creative writing doctoral student. Professor Cheryl holds a graduate certificate in College Advisement from Columbia University and a TEFL (Teaching English to certificate She also holds a graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

A fierce advocate for education empowerment, Professor Cheryl is also the CEO of Collegiate Learning, an academic company that prepares learners for scholastic college success. She has a line of educational books that address ADHD and ELA areas, including writing, vocabulary, critical thinking, reading and writing. Additionally, Professor Cheryl, a personal historian created the innovative personal history initiative, Family-as-Biographers under her Meaningful Moments books and journals. 
More importantly, Cheryl considers her most important role to be that of homeschool mother. She has five children—three of them homeschool graduates
Each week students will be expected to read the chapters for the next week's discussion: approximately 50 - 70 pages a week. 
Learners should get their own copy of the novel from either the library or any bookstore.
At the end of the course, students will have a graded assessment based off of their close close reading essay.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This is a New York Times bestselling novel for teens. This book references the Underground Railroad and tells the story of enslaved people. The subject of the daily life of enslaved people will be handled with discussion and reader empathy. The perspective of the enslaved person, the protagonist will be handled with care focusing on the respect and dignity of the individual. When necessary, the primary source documents from the anthology referring back to first source documents. Learners will be given chapter questions and summaries before the weekly reading, Learners will also be able to refer back to the anthology, “Crossing the Danger Water”, Three Hundred Years of African American Writing, Anchor Books, 1993.

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Cheryl Carter Creative Classroom
Lives in the United States
Creative , Cultural & College Prep Classes
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Collegiate Learning instructors (AKA Cheryl Carter Creative Classroom) teach writing, reading, publishing and critical thinking skills to K-12 students. The mission of Collegiate Learning is to prepare learners to do well in higher education.... 
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