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Black History Book Club: Stella by Starlight

Journey with me to the American south in the 1930s to discover bravery and strength in the face of hate. In this four week course, students will explore Sharon M. Draper's inspiring tale through discussion and creative thinking activities.
Sara Gatilogo
55 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
40 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Wed Aug 24

Aug 24 - Sep 14 (4 weeks)
10:40am - 11:20am
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Class Experience

Students will sharpen their literacy skills and foster their love of reading, as well as engage in thought provoking discussion.
Just a little about my relevant experiences: my husband is Filipino-American. When I married him, race and combating racism became a much more prominent aspect of my life. While this is in no way the same as the experiences of segregated African Americans described in the novel, it does help me empathize and connect with them.

I, like many others, am on a journey to recognize and combat my own white privilege. One way in which I do so is to consume books and  other art created by people who's background and experiences are different from my own. So while I do not consider myself an expert in teaching about racism by any means, I find that honest and gracious conversations can lead to positive and productive shifts in our mindsets. Reading books like Stella By Starlight is so important and is a great way to foster such conversations with kids.

Through out the class, I intend to differ to the author herself in the form of videos and interviews. I hope to fill the gaps left by my own inexperience by leaning on her perspective. 
Students will be required to read the assigned chapters before class, approximately 80 pages.
A copy of Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This novel deals with racism in the American south in the 1930s, so parents should be ready to discuss this with their student. I have included a link to Common Sense Media for your reference. Feel free to reach out to me with any specific concerns.
I will link several Youtube videos for students to reference throughout the course.


Sara Gatilogo
Lives in the United States
English Language Arts teacher, Special Educator, ESL teacher
55 total reviews
74 completed classes

About Me

Hi!  My name is Sara Gatilogo.  I graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Secondary English Education. I am certified in high school English, middle grades Language Arts, and special education.  I've been an educator for 6... 
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