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Book Club for Middle Schoolers: Let's Talk About Ghost!

In this one time class I will provide guided discussion for readers to talk about the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Maggie Allen
2 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

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Class Experience

My main objective is for the students to learn about character development, the characters' respective motivations and emotions, and ultimately learn about resilience, both of the characters and of themselves!
I have worked with under privileged children, adolescents, and have facilitated discussions on difficult topics. The author does not focus on the events in a gory or excessive way but as reflection points for growth. In this way these events become accessible to maturing adolescents who are trying to find their way in the world. This is a book about overcoming fear, environment, and finding strength and happiness.
Each student must have completed the book.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
For parents who didn't read the book, the main character, self-named Ghost, is haunted by his memory of his now incarcerated father trying to shoot him and his mother and how he overcomes his lack of self esteem and becomes appreciative of his family and friends. In his pursuit toward acceptance he is bullied, shoplifts, and finds friends and mentors alike. My focus in our guided discussion will be the bridge that running provides for Ghost to move from the underdog to the team player. His father's incarceration is not discussed in the book and therefore is unlikely to be a talking point. Bullying is discussed throughout the book and there are opportunities to discuss this important topic. How does a reader feel when Ghost is bullied at lunch? How does he then feel to find his "bully" is a runner too? Or that his coach grew up poor the way he did? This book brings up opportunities for readers to share their feelings about pivotal moments in the book and relate it to their own, or to learn from the discussion. Because there is so much material in the book, every reader can walk away with a new perspective on growing up, the feelings of being alone, and the feelings of finding friends. Guns are mentioned peripherally as a memory and a very scary one. Ghost brings up the memory of the sound of the gun when he is frightened and alone. This allows for discussion of these feelings of fear and loneliness, the gun is really a prop and can be substituted for many different and difficult situations children experience. This group will be facilitated to help readers find how they fit into this changing world as they mature into middle school. When the book begins Ghost's memories weigh him down but very quickly we readers can see how he has tried to overcome his past. In time with the support of those around him he achieves tremendous milestones, but only through hard work. 


Maggie Allen Pre-K-6th Grade Teacher, Masters of Arts, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
2 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Hi there! I’m an experienced tutor in reading and math with an emphasis on the elementary and middle school years. I’ve worked with my students on test prep for ongoing schools and for middle and high schools along with continued guidance and... 
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