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Between the Lines Book Club: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

In this Fall semester book club we will read, discuss and evaluate the classic novel 'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor Frankl
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 14 weeks
12-17
year olds
4-14
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

Students will learn to engage in respectful conversation, defend and argue diverse viewpoints, use textual evidence to support their claims, evaluate a text in context and synthesize new information with their lived experiences
I have taught English Language Arts and ESL at the middle and high school levels for nearly 13 years. I hold a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in ESL with a focus on theoretical and applied linguistics.  Prior to my full-time work with students online I served as an instructional coach, reading interventionist, Friday School principal, and Secondary English Specialist for a large school district. I hold an active teaching license as well as a K-12 principal license. My focus areas of expertise are English Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking), American and Historical Literature, Common Core standards, ESL, Social and Emotional Learning,  Project-Based Learning and Evidence-Based Instruction.  
Students will be required to read up to 10 pages per week in order to contribute to and benefit from class discussions
'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor Frankl. Note: I am happy to share a public PDF file of the novel for class use. Students may be shown short clips from YouTube in order to illustrate portions of the author's life and writing. This will be done via screenshare. Students will not need access to YouTube or any other digital media.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Near the end of the course students will be asked to compose a 1-2 page letter detailing the ideas which give their own life true meaning 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Dear Parents -

The novel 'Man's Search for Meaning' includes themes relating to the Holocaust, suffering and death, war, and the inhumanity of humans toward others. Although the novel's primary themes are focused on love, self-actualization, choice, and finding happiness, I recognize that Frankl's work can be a challenging and emotional read for some students. While the purpose of the course is to develop literacy and discussion skills, deepen historical understanding of the Holocaust and foster social-emotional competencies such as empathy and gratitude, I want to address how unsolicited and potentially emotional expressions are handled in my class and how I intend to respond to students regarding these complex and challenging themes.

1. Set the stage and develop classroom norms collaboratively with students:
*Students are expected to be engaged, collaborative, and respectful to one another at all times 
*Students are encouraged to read assigned passages through a lens of compassion, empathy, respect, historical context and objectivity
*Students are expected to focus on what the text says rather than subjective interpretations or opinions. Focusing on textual evidence effectively eliminates most potential occurrences for unsolicited response and expression 
*Students always have the opportunity to opt out of a particular discussion if they feel the material is too taxing emotionally
*If it is noted that a student appears struggling with the material being presented or discussed, I will inform the parent about the concern immediately.  Further, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about this class. 

2. Encourage students to research material on their own using reliable sources such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

3. Focus the discussion, encourage reflection, and make connections to lived experience. Giving the students a framework for the day's reading discussion up front aligns and focuses conversation on the ideas and thoughts presented in specific passages

4. Confront the idea, not the individual. Be the paragon of effective, purposeful, and respectful dialog

5. Facilitate actively by rewording questions posed by students, correcting misinformation, making reference to relevant reading materials or course content, asking for clarification, and reviewing main points.

Please Note: students may be shown short clips from YouTube in order to illustrate portions of the author's life and writing. This will be done via screenshare. Students will not need access to YouTube or any other digital media. 
'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor Frankl.
NOTE: I am happy to share a public PDF file of the novel for class use.

Students may be shown short clips from YouTube in order to illustrate portions of the author's life and writing. This will be done via screenshare. Students will not need access to YouTube or any other digital media. 

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I am a certified teacher with 13 years experience instructing students in middle school, high school, and... 
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