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Book Club #6 - Charlotte's Web: What's Your Role? (Literature Circle)
In this 4-week course, students will take on a variety of roles, as writers, reporters, magnifiers, word masters, theme trackers, connectors, and predictors, as they lead in-depth discussions about the novel, Charlotte's Web.
Alaina Bell Gao
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Once per week
over 4 weeks
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per learner - per class
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Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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*Note each week's reading must be completed before the class so you can participate in the discussion, including the first week! The video will be available for anyone who is not able to attend or participate during the first class. (See the reading schedule below.) What is a literature circle? A literature circle is fun and lively. There is a discussion leader (the teacher, in this case), but each student will take an active part in preparing for and leading each literature circle (class)....
My classes are largely focused on higher thinking skills. By engaging with the novel actively, the students will focus on characterization, themes, the author's powerful choices (diction, sentence style, etc.), and practice using literary words like simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, etc. They will develop critical thinking skills and presentation skills. Ontario (Canadian) Curriculum: 1.4 demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by summarizing important ideas and citing supporting details 1.5 make inferences about texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts as evidence 1.6 extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them 1.7 analyse texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute to meaning (e.g., narrative: characters, setting, main idea, problem/challenge and resolution, plot development 1.8 express opinions about the ideas and information in texts and cite evidence from the text to support their opinions 2.3 communicate in a clear, coherent manner, presenting ideas, opinions, and information in a readily understandable form 2.4 identify various elements of style – including alliteration, descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and sentences of different types, lengths, and structures – and explain how they help communicate meaning (e.g., alliteration and rhythm can emphasize ideas or help convey a mood or sensory impression) American Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.A Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.B Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.D Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Prior to each class, each student MUST read that week's chapters and prepare to lead part of the discussion. I will ask you to choose a role after you sign up. Join early to get your pick of the roles! Then, you'll get a new role each week! ROLES Writer Reporter Magnifier Word Master Theme Tracker Connector Predictor *The students will use our class site to share notes, quotations, or passages to help them guide the discussion, but they can also prepare a small PowerPoint presentation to share each week (optional). LibreOffice is free and has a great Presentation program. The students can upload their presentation files to the class site or have them open on their screens for screen-sharing. (Tip: I recommend saving files as PDFs so the slides will look the same when they are opened on other computers.) SCHEDULE *Please read the chapters before class because this is a literature circle where we discuss the book in a creative way (with different roles). There will definitely be no time to do the reading in class, including the first class. That is your time to present your conclusions and creations based on your reading. So, sign up early and get started! Then, we can have plenty of fun! Lesson 1: Read chapters 1 to 5 of Charlotte’s Web Lesson 2: Read chapters 6 to 11 of Charlotte’s Web Lesson 3: Read chapters 12 to 16 of Charlotte’s Web Lesson 4: Read chapters 17 to 22 of Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte's Web (novel or ebook) *The students will use our class site to share notes, quotations, or passages to help them guide the discussion, but they can also prepare a small PowerPoint presentation to share each week (optional). LibreOffice is free and has a great Presentation program. The students can upload their presentation files to the class site or have them open on their screens for screen-sharing. (Tip: I recommend saving files as PDFs so the slides will look the same when they are opened on other computers.) *They can also add their work to my Google Slides document. (Ask for details.)
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This novel introduces death and that will be a topic in our classes (in relation to the novel).
Alaina Bell Gao
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🇨🇦Lives in Canada
362 total reviews
173 completed classes
Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an experienced Canadian English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. As a dedicated, creative, gentle, and patient neurodivergent teacher, many neurodiverse learners thrive in my...