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Book Discussion Club: Read for Fun: Make Friends and Talk About Books in English


Between the Lines Book Club: The Tale of Despereaux

In this discussion-based novel study, students will examine the overall theme of light vs. dark. Join us for an epic tale that follows three characters stories, Despereaux the mouse, Chiaroscuro the rat, and Miggery Sow, a young girl.
Jessica Whitenight
60 total reviews for this teacher
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 20 weeks
year olds
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
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
•	Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
•	Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
•	Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
•	Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
•	Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
•	Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
•	Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
•	Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
•	Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience
•	Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
•	Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
•	Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
•	Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
I am a Certified Teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. I currently teach ESL & Language Arts/Reading online and have been working with children for the last 3.5 years to develop their English and Reading skills. This is where I took multiple trainings and coursework, in which I learned to expand young children’s language and reading development.  I have been teaching different subjects for 9 years, all while linking language and reading to critical subjects like science and social studies. I have a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences-Education from The Pennsylvania State University. 
Each week learners will be required to read chapters listed before class (chapters listed above).
Students also may need to finish cross-circular activities outside of class if there is not enough time in class. 
-Students will need the book "The Tale of Despereaux." You can borrow a copy of the book from your local library or it can be purchased from: - Students will need a notebook/writing paper for class. - Students will need a pencil for class. - Students will need markers, crayons, or colored pencils for class.
Students will be assessed informally throughout the class.  
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The Tale of Despereaux tells a story from three different points of view to show that a story is never one-sided, helping children learn empathy and compassion. This story does touch on topics of abuse, abandonment, and violence. Children need to know that even though there are problems in the world, there will always be goodness and hope, too.  As a certified Social Studies/History teacher in the state of Pennsylvania, I have experience approaching these topics with compassion and sensitivity.


Jessica Whitenight
Lives in the United States
National Geographic Certified Educator
60 total reviews
77 completed classes

About Me

Let's have fun learning!
Hello and welcome! My name is Jessica Whitenight, and you can call Miss. Jess or Teacher Jessica. I’m so excited to see you in the Outschool classroom. I have been teaching for eight years and really have a passion for... 
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