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Literature Study for Middle School: Ongoing Classic Literature and Poetry Study

English

Classic 4Th, 5Th, 6Th Grade Reading Class: Number the Stars

In this 5 week literature class and novel study, students analyze and discuss the historical fiction book, Number the Stars -- the inspirational story of how Denmark saved most of its Jewish population during the Holocaust.
Amy Harper, B.S., M.Ed.
80 total reviews for this teacher
14 reviews for this class
Completed by 48 learners
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Class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
8-12
year olds
3-8
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will gain experience analyzing fiction text for setting, theme, plot, figures of speech, and character study. Students will also experience guided book discussions with their peers.
I've taught numerous books in a literature class setting, some of which feature sensitive settings. I'm experienced with keeping book discussions focused, relevant, and appropriate for the intended audience. Number the Stars is well-loved by many students. 
Weekly reading assignments are given during each class.  Almost all of the reading is done independently outside of class. Students are expected to read about 36-40 pages a week from the Number the Stars novel.  Since reading speed varies widely, consider how much time it would take for your student to read about eight pages a day, five days a week. Students answer guided reading questions on the weekly handout as they read.  Students who wish to receive a grade/assessment will need to finish the handout and submit it within 24 hours of the class. A typical 4th - 6th grade student should be able to complete the work in less than an hour and a half a week. 
1. The book, Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry 2. A printed copy of the class handout packet (available a few days before the first class) 3. A second device with the Kahoot app downloaded (free) or website activated other than the computer used for class. (A phone or tablet, etc.)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
All students will receive an informal assessment through the Parent Conversation emails in Outschool at the end of the course.  Parents who wish to receive actual letter grades for the student's finished work will need to let Miss Amy know at the beginning of the course.  The graded work needs submitted at least 24 hours before the next class. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The book is a "soft" introduction to the Holocaust.  The story centers more around how a young girl's city (Copenhagen) changed during Nazi occupancy and how she and her family save her young Jewish friend's life. The story is inspired by the Danish peoples' success of smuggling 7,000 Jews to safety in Sweden.
Each student will need a copy of the book which is readily available in larger bookstores and Amazon.  Students will also need to use a computer that reads Power Point.  Downloading the Kahoot app is encouraged (free).

Teacher

Amy Harper, B.S., M.Ed.
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Engaging and Experienced English Language Arts Teacher: Group and Private Lessons
80 total reviews
206 completed classes

About Me

Hello! 
I love teaching grammar and composition skills to students of all ages. When I'm not helping students write more effectively, I'm hosting book groups and book-related programs. I've worked as an elementary, middle school, and high school... 
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