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Book Club from International ESL teacher - The Abarat Unit (Book 1) -Teen

An exploration of imagination the Abarat-A journey beyond imagination is about to unfold. Step into the joy of reading and art with the New York Times Best Selling young readers novel. Explore the beauty of the English through literature.
Danell Lynn, M.Ed.
204 total reviews for this teacher
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50 minutes
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Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
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per learner - per class

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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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Student Learning Objectives for ELA

Students will analyze literary elements, such as setting, characters, plot, theme, etc. to consider the impact one element might have on one another.
Students will create poems and explore writing for the senses.
Student will analyze how key details build the central idea or theme of a text.
Student will collaboratively discuss and analyze a variety of subject, and practice respectful communication and skills for clarification, extension and presentation.
Students will develop arguments supported with reasoning and evidence gathered from the reading. 
Students will analyze the interaction between/among individuals, events, and ideas presented throughout the Abarat.
*Featured Teacher selected by Outschool - see the Blog:

My name is Danell Lynn. I hold dual Masters in Education, International Education Leadership and Cross-Categorical Special Education, a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in studio art, and a degree in Fashion Design / Fine Art.  I have over 15 years in the standard classroom setting (K-12), over. 6 years education leadership and over 3 years ESL online teaching English with students in Asia. I am advanced Tesol certified, and Tesol online certifications. I have been honored to be a special education teacher and director, dean of students and work as a trainer of other district staff at the state department level. I have also won numerous award for the arts and have a passion for creativity in life through writing and art. 
Outside homework – 2 to 3 hours per week for reading of the novel and creation of art work. Each week students will be expected to read at least 40 pages for homework, prior to the next class beginning. 

*Please note there is NO homework prior to the first class, we will begin reading the book together in our first lesson.
Students will need to purchase the Young Adult book for this course. Abarat, by Clive Barker (2002). It is a beautiful book both linguistically and artistically. The ideally is to purchase the illustrated edition of the novel (it is pricier but can also be found used for as low as $7.00), there is a paperback (non-illustrate) but the lesson and course is built around the detailed and fantastical paintings created for the book by the author/artist. There have been multiple cover adaptations for this book, it is the First in the Series of the Abarat and you can find it through independent book sellers, at major bookstores, Amazon, and more. Have fun in your shopping for this artistic creation and engaging book. Amazon link to hardcover- Please remember that you can buy used and use other outlets for purchase. It is a pricier book as the artwork throughout creates such a dynamic element to the story.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There are written and comprehension activities throughout that will allow for gauging of understanding and grasping of concepts. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Common Sense Media states: Parents need to know that those with a taste for the creepy and bizarre this is a romp. For sensitive children, there's plenty here to induce nightmares. Either way, you may want to read and discuss the strange occurrences here together.

There is some reference to violence and alcoholism, the main character Candy is the daughter of an alcoholic father, she is bored to tears with the offerings of a town whose industry is propped on the back of a chicken slaughtering factory.

A few reviews from parents to give you a feel of this beautifully imaginative book:
"A wonderful colourful adventure.-I myself love this series and recently let my 10yr old daughter start the first book as she was growing bored of her selection. She loves it also, it's a wild adventure with loveable characters, amazingly descriptive lands that make you feel at home. It is slightly macabre, Clive Barker definitely has a certain style, yet this book is pure fantasy. I'm on the 3rd book at the moment and when I think of Abarat I imagine great friendships and adventure."

"Fantastic imagery-Humble beginnings offer the wildest possibilities. Wonderfully described, believable, true-to-life characters, some of them outrageously fictitious, make choices true to the story. Good guys surprise you by demonstrating maturity, honesty, loyalty and sacrifice. Bad guys fall prey to their character flaws. I read this with my daughters (10 and 12)and we all loved it. We eagerly await number three."

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Danell Lynn, M.Ed.Certified K-12 Teacher, Masters level Special Educator, Adjunct professor
204 total reviews
174 completed classes

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