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Books for All Teens Novel Study: New Kid (Award Winning Graphic Novel)

This 4 session class gives students the opportunity to read and discuss "The New Kid" by Jerry Craft the first graphic novel to win the Newberry Medal. The book explores the themes of identity and friendships. The class is designed to be accessible to students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Bridget Smith M.Ed.
707 total reviews for this teacher
New class
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
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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Tue Sep 6

Sep 6 - Sep 15 (2 weeks)
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Class Experience

Students will develop comprehension and fluency by reading and discussing a compelling graphic novel. Students will discuss the protagonist's experiences as an African American student at a mostly mostly white private school.  Students will familiarize themselves with graphic organizers that can be useful tools for better recording and organizing their thoughts.
Bridget Smith is a teacher with ADHD who specializes in supporting neurodiverse learners including students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia on the Outschool learning platform.  To date she has taught over 3,000 neurodiverse learners! Bridget holds a BA in World Literature and Cultural Studies. She is a credentialed teacher with a Master's Degree in Education.  She is credentialed in the State of California to teach multiple subjects for elementary Schoolers and middle Schoolers as well as English Language Arts to middle school and high schoolers.  Bridget holds a B-CLAD credential which gives her additional credentials and experience supporting diverse learners.  She is a former dual emersion bilingual teacher and high school ESL teacher.
Students will read 3-4 chapters of this accessible graphic novel between class sessions as well as completing a simple reflection sheet about the novel.  For the final class, students will be asked to share an artistic project about the book
"New Kid" by Jerry Craft. I will post graphic organizers in PDF and Google Doc versions before each class, that should be ready for in class work in either form. Colored pencils, pens, and paper are good resources to have on hand for every session.
A narrative evaluation is a available upon request if the student submits a portfolio of work from this class.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This award winning graphic novel is based on the experiences of the author and his sons as African American students in New York private schools.  As such "New Kid"  discusses topics such as unconscious bias, bullying, and systemic racism.  The book has been banned in several school districts because it address these topics. I believe that the reality inspired experiences that the author shares throughout the book are valid and that students will gain valuable lessons in empathy and awareness of unconscious bias from reading this book. Preconceptions and stereotypes are addressed in a factual way, that involves all characters.  Many characters become aware of their biases and begin to change the way that they view others.  Please see above for the conversations that we will be having in class about these topics.

You can review the Common Sense Media review of this book for more information:
"New Kid" by Jerry Craft


Bridget Smith M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Educator, Writer, Traveler, and Mom to Kids with Learning Differences
707 total reviews
1008 completed classes

About Me

I love being part of the Outschool learning community!  I offer courses for kids with learning differences as well as book studies, note taking, and writing classes that are accessible to all learners.   I specialize in supporting kids and... 
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