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Book Club for Middle Schoolers

In this ongoing class students will read a different book each week and discuss it during class.
Phyllis Bixler - Just Help Me Learn, LLC
285 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 38 learners
Class
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
10-13
year olds
4-9
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Description

Class Experience

Students will: 
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.
Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
I have been an English teacher in middle and high school as well as at the college level and discussed literature with mature topics and content about oppressed peoples for decades.  Additionally I am a Holocaust and genocide educator who has taught for nearly 2 decades about the atrocities committed by humans on one another.  This content is ALWAYS handled in a way that gives the victim(s) faces and identities without sensationalizing their trauma and experience.  The intent is to demonstrate the humanity in each situation and how we can be better humans by learning from the literature to treat one another with love and respect.  
I have a graduate degree in English, as well as another in Education and countless courses on how to teach content as described above. 
Read assigned text for class 
Students will need to have their own copy of the book being read each week. For US students with a processing or other reading challenges, I encourage you to use the following link to submit an application with the National Library Service and Library of Congress to acquire free resources which may be helpful for this class: https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/eligibility-for-nls-services/talking-books-reading-disabilities/ Another free and valuable resource for students who learn differently is: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/promo/adwords/audiobooks-learning-disabilities
Informal Assessment
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Some of the books contain mature content, including assault, gender identity, genocide, murder, terminal illness, racism, and more.  Students MUST me mature enough to discuss this content with others. 

PLEASE review the book's description before your learner reads it, if they are a sensitive learner. 

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Phyllis Bixler - Just Help Me Learn, LLC
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Lives in the United States
Empowering and Educating Students Around the Globe
285 total reviews
447 completed classes

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Just Help Me Learn empower and educates learners from around the globe with a focus on English literature, writing and grammar, study skills and history.  However the variety of classes will grow as our organization evolves, with the intention to... 
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