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Book Club- Olive’s Ocean- Newbery Honor

Mike P
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Three session discussion class, focusing on this touching fiction ALA Notable book that will draw the reader in to the plot and family dynamics and hold the reader’s attention throughout. Each reader will see themselves in the Characters.

Class Experience

  • Learning goals will include, but not limited to, building discussion skills, learners review of plot, conflicts, turning points, all aspects of the novel that will come into our discussions, along with building vocabulary from the context of the book, decisions of antagonist and protagonist, The exposition of the novel and climax and resolutions along with thesis statements and themes, and in this coming of age story, many concepts that students will be able to connect with strongly and have excellent discussions and/or reflective thoughts regarding how they connect to the characters.
Homework Offered
Prior to the first meeting, please read chapter 1 through the end of chapter 22. Prior to the second meeting, please read chapter 23 to the end of chapter 44. Prior to the third meeting, please read to completion. Please do not read ahead as you will know too much information for the discussions.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
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Grades Offered
A copy of the novel Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Hanks
As noted in commonsensemedia.org. , This book is a “Gentle story of coming of age that deals with mortality and the implications of death to which Martha is curious about. There are two or three swear words in the book and the fact that parents have sex is mentioned one time with no specific detail.“
Joined July, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Education
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
There is nothing more exciting than when you see a student think deeply, question ideas, share a new thought, or explore character’s actions/ decisions or a quote  or a purpose the author had when writing a novel and then connect the information... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
2-6 learners per class

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