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American Girl Doll Reading Club: Samantha Parkington!

Join me for this 8-week course as we learn all about the turn of the century with the American Girl doll, Samantha Parkington! We will read her book, discuss her time period, and engage in hands-on learning.
Jackie Shaw
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$10 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
This is my 15th year as a secondary English teacher, and my favorite units of all are interdisciplinary ones where I can combine many of my passions into one rich learning experience! Personally, I have been an avid American Girl doll collector since I was a child, and have read through the series and have done the activities with my own six year-old. I would love to share this excitement for American Girls, reading, history, and culture with your children, too!
We will be reading one Samantha book a week, and there will be a light amount of work to go along with that to reflect their comprehension (journaling, vocabulary, etc). There will also be a performance in week 8 to show the student's growing understanding of Samantha and her time period.
Copies of all six of Samantha's original books OR the two Beforever Versions --> Manners and Mischief and Lost and Found. Listening to audio versions of the novels is absolutely fine as well! For the tin can telephones: twine, two empty tin cans of equal size (**use a hammer and nail to make a hole in the middle of each can prior to class**), paint or spray paint For the paper snowflakes: Paper, scissors For the ice cream snowballs: 1 quart of vanilla ice cream, 2 cups of shredded coconut, 12 ladyfinger cookies, measuring cups, shallow bowl, ice cream scoop, 2 large spoons, freezer container with lid. For the play: Supplies will depend on the role, but will be discussed well in advance.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Samantha's parents pass away prior to the start of the novels, and it is mentioned throughout the story. This will be discussed in an age-appropriate manner only as it pertains to the plot.


Jackie Shaw
Lives in the United States
Certified Teacher and Lifelong Learner
260 total reviews
207 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Jackie Shaw, and I am so excited to teach your child. I specialize in teaching reading and writing to grades 7-12. I earned my Bachelors of Science from New York University, and my Masters of Arts at Middlebury College. I am also... 
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