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Ahsoka: A Star Wars Book Discussion Flexible Schedule

In this 5-week course, students will read E. K. Johnson's book based on the Star Wars' character Ahsoka
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Class

No live meetings

Over 5 weeks

12-17

year olds

1-9

learners per class

per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

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Sun Jun 5

Jun 5 - Jul 9 (5 weeks)
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Description

Class Experience

Week One Chapters 1-6, opening and bonus material: Students will be learn where Ahsoka has been spending her time and why she can't stay. The reading introduces new characters and the arrival of the Empire to Ahsoka's newest hideout.  
 
Week Two Chapters 7-12 and bonus material: This week's reading dives deeper into the motivation of certain characters (including Ahskoa) and all of their secrets. It gives details and insights that might be important later in on the story. Discussion and debate will help us come to certain conclusions, but unlocking all of these secrets might not be possible without further reading. 

Week Three Chapters 13-18 and bonus material: This week's reading takes a dark turn. Like previous chapters, the book gives us great character details and insight. Do students' opinions of Ahsoka change with the new information? Or have they always admired and respected her courage and character? Ahsoka is pushed to her limits this week. Can the students relate to the feeling of cracking under pressure? What do they think is the significance of Bail Organa's introduction? How surprised are students when they see Ahsoka return to the Fardi family?

Week Four Chapters 19-24 and bonus material: Raada is an interest setting that will foster much discussion and debate. Are students surprised to see so many Inquisitors? What does the shift in point of view (POV) help us understand about the story and other characters? Bail Organa's plans shifts roles within the galaxy that many of the characters are not prepared for. Do you think Ahsoka is wise to trust him?  

Week Five Chapters 25-30, bonus material, and final ending: What is the Empire doing on the planet Ilum? How do students think Ahsoka will get new crystals for her lightsaber? How do the students feel about Ahsoka's decision to return to Raada? Would they make the same decision? How do the students feel about the story's ending? Are there any questions they still have that are unanswered?   
I have read and lead discussions on many books during my three years as a substitute teacher at the middle and high school level. While earning my Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, I had endless discussions with my screenplay writer friends about the Star Wars Universe (and I have daily discussions about Star Wars on Outschool). Star Wars is so complex and ever growing that it seems impossible to know it all! Because the Star Wars galaxy is full of hints and questions, supplemental books about the characters make great conversation! It is also nice to find other people (and potential friends) who share a love for Star Wars, science fiction, and good storytelling. I am especially excited about Ahsoka's character and found this novel to be full of interesting tidbits of information that I am excited to share with fellow Star Wars fans. My goal is to show my students the benefits of good storytelling. I plan to use a world that they care about to help them fall further in love with the written word. 
Students will read approximately six chapters a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also new activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, and a Kahoot trivia game to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters. 
The students will need their own copy of E. K. Johnston's AHSOKA to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the worksheet. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Star Wars can tend to be a bit of a graphic world, so this book may not be suitable for all students. You can expect space battles, high-stakes destruction, tense chases/crashes, peril, injury, and fierce lightsaber duels (plus blasters, arrows, cannons, and other weapons). Some of the characters are injured and even die. 

Teacher

Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
872 total reviews
669 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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