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Chapter Chat Book Lover's Book Club (Ongoing)

In this ongoing novel study, that is ideal for book lovers, learners will read and discuss an award winning book every other week.
Maria Ward
165 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students should finish reading the book before each class meeting.
Before each class, learners should purchase that week's book, or check it out from a library and finish reading it.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
All of the books to be read in this class are age-appropriate. They are award-winning, highly respected and acclaimed novels. The teacher will guide the discussion of any difficult topics with gentleness, kindness, and age-appropriate answers.

The One and Only Ivan:
Parents should be aware that this story takes place at a roadside attraction, where animals are kept for tourist to see.  
Ivan's and Ruby's families were killed and the babies' captured. There isn't much description the deaths, but both Ivan and Ruby are deeply affected by the experience.  Ivan isn't treated with violence, but one of the other animal dies because of no f veterinary care. Ruby is threatened with an elephant hook to make her do tricks. Bob is the only survivor of a litter of puppies dumped on the freeway.

Out of My Mind:
The main character and some of her classmates are occasionally referred to as "retarded" by other students in her school. We will discuss why calling anyone names is wrong and cruel. I will specifically explain to learners that using the term "retarded" is very offensive when speaking to and about people who learn differently than others.  This book offers great learning opportunities for learners to discover that, everyone, regardless of physical and mental abilities, are equally deserving of kindness, respect and inclusion.

Bridge to Terabithia:
I read and loved this book as a tween. I have taught it many times. It is a Newberry Award winner and is age appropriate for the learners in this Chapter Chat Book Club.  I will use an age appropriate explanations of death and cremation (mentioned in the book). If a learner has further questions about these topics, I will discuss it with them privately and will direct them to their parents, or another trusted adult, for further discussion and explanations. 

This story, set in a nameless country, give very strong positive messages about doing what you know to be right, and doing your best to fix things if you've done wrong.  The story points out that If you've done wrong, you should make it right. You are not destined to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.  Also, as difficult as time may be, compassion, kindness, and nurturing make life-changing differences. Along with these difficult topics, students will also learn about different reasons for war and how destructive it is. Students will learn about subjects from wilderness survival to woodworking.  They'll learn about the social habits of foxes.

1) Peter's on a hero's journey from being a  bullied victim forced to betray his best friend, to a mature, determined human who takes responsibility for the wrong he's done. He struggles and sacrifices to protect his loved ones. 
2) Pax, the fox, is devoted to his Peter, even as he learns more and more terrifying things about humans. Along the way they encounter bad people and deadly forces but also kind souls.

There are a some instances of violence that I want to make parents aware of:

1)The violence in this book is war-driven. The story shows how war can destroy those that are innocent. 
2) There is a description of what happens when deer who, while walking in a  meadow, steps on a land mine. There is not much gore described, just a very sad reality of the horrible nature of war.  
3) A fox tells, in a good amount of detail, how she saw her parents clubbed to death after her mother was caught in a trap. 
4)  Peter, whose mother died in a car accident years before the book begins, is afraid he'll grow up driven by anger as his father is.  
5) Peter has a difficult time with the memory of how his actions contributed to a baby rabbit's death year ago. 
6) As he's learning to carve wood, he cuts the image of a fox into his arm. 
7) A veteran maimed from another war describes how war can change people. This is a quote of something this veteran says: "What would you call someone who can go from a girl eating peaches and watching fireflies to a woman who kills a man? Eh? That girl would have cut off her arm before she'd have hurt a single one of those fireflies, but a few years later she killed a perfect stranger. I'd call that person a weapon. I'm an unpredictable, deadly weapon."


Maria Ward
Lives in the United States
Patient teacher, and fun-loving bookworm! 25 years teaching experience
165 total reviews
227 completed classes

About Me

My name is Maria. I was born in South Carolina, USA. When I was 7 years old my family moved to Latin America. When I graduated from high school, I returned to the US to attend university  I have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children... 
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