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Book Talk: Flora & Ulysses

In this 4-week online course, learners will read and analyze the novel Flora & Ulysses (2013) by Kate DiCamillo, focusing on characters, setting, theme, connections, language, plot, and other literary elements.
Anne Q. Campbell
90 total reviews for this teacher
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45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

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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Students will improve their understanding of literary elements and reflect on what they read to see the relevance of the book to their own lives. Our focus will be on character, setting, theme, connections, language, plot, and other literary elements utilizing the novel Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Learners will read about 55 pages per week, prior to meeting for class:

Week 1- Chapters 1-17
Week 2- Chapters 18-34
Week 3- Chapters 35-50
Week 4- Chapters 51-Epilogue
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo Paper and pen/pencil Basic art supplies for optional enrichment activities
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
From Common Sense Media (

"Some of the underlying issues may be a bit intense for younger or more sensitive kids -- for example, dysfunctional parents, divorce, and a mom who's determined to kill the squirrel for her daughter's 'own good.'" 

"Violence & Scariness
Ulysses the squirrel has been shot at and had his tail run over even before the giant vacuum cleaner devours him. Flora's mother is seriously determined to kill Ulysses by bashing him over the head with a shovel. Ulysses narrowly escapes a knife-wielding cook after a diner mishap. A large cat named Mr. Klaus terrorizes the entire building where Flora's father lives, attacking his victims with much biting and scratching." 

"Educational Value
Vocabulary note: Thanks to her reading of comic books, Flora frequently exclaims things like, 'Holy unexpected occurrences!,' 'We have to face the arch-nemesis!,' and 'This malfeasance must be stopped!'"


Anne Q. Campbell
Lives in the United States
English Language Arts teacher
90 total reviews
152 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I am a certified English/Language Arts teacher and believe in embracing the “light bulb” moments of discovery that happen both in and out of the classroom. My goal is to make learning relevant to students’ interests by providing unique and... 
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