Bookworm Clubhouse: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

In this 8 week book club for tweens, we'll immerse ourselves in the literary world while working on critical academic English Language Arts standards.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Discussions in this course are designed to touch upon academic standards such as:

-Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

-Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

-Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

-Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

-Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

-Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

-Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
Learners will need to read/follow along with the recording of the assigned section of text prior to class each week. Homework should never take more than 20-30 minutes per week. 

For this 8 week course, we will be reading on the following schedule:

Week one: Pre-reading discussion prompts, no prior reading required.
Week two: Students will come to class having read pages 1-42.
Week three: Students will come to class having read pages 42-80.
Week four: Students will come to class having read pages 81-120.
Week five: Students will come to class having read pages 121-161.
Week six: Students will come to class having read pages 162-200.
Week seven: Students will come to class having read pages 201-243.
Week eight: Post-reading discussion prompts. 

The assigned reading for each week will also be available seven days in advance in the form of a recording of me reading the book. For learners not on grade level, this is a great opportunity for them to follow along on the page. 
Learners should consider obtaining a physical copy of Ban This Book by Alan Gratz.
Students will be assessed through predominantly informal assessments in the form of their responses to discussion prompts. Student progress will be available to parents/guardians/learning guides when requested.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will be reading Ban This Book by Alan Gratz


About Me

Believing that all learners are capable of success is not just a byproduct of my BA in Special Education and Elementary Education; I genuinely believe that each student has the ability to succeed when provided with the supports and resources... 
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