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English

Darth Paper Strikes Back Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule

In this 4-week course, students will create Star Wars origami characters and read Darth Paper Strikes Back, the sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
Janelle Fila
877 total reviews for this teacher
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Over 4 weeks
9-14
year olds
1-6
learners per class
per learner - per week

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No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Week One pages 1-35: Tommy, Tommy & Kellen, Kellen
Week Two pages 36-78: Sara, Mike, Lance, Mahir, Caroline, Quavando
Week Three pages 79-114: Cassie, Mike, Tommy, Rhondella, Tommy & Kellen
Week Four pages 105-159 Tommy, Harvey, and Tommy 
I have read and lead discussions on many books during my three years as a substitute teacher at the elementary and middle school level. While earning my Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, I had endless discussions with my screenplay writer friends about the Star Wars Universe (and I have daily discussions about Star Wars on Outschool). Star Wars is so complex and ever growing that it seems impossible to know it all! Because the Star Wars galaxy is full of hints and questions, supplemental books about the characters make great conversation! It is also nice to find other people (and potential friends) who share a love for Star Wars, science fiction, and good storytelling. This novel to be full of interesting tidbits of information that I am excited to share with fellow Star Wars fans. But even those not obsessed with Star Wars can enjoy this amazing series about friendship and making smart decisions. My goal is to use a world that students care about to help them fall further in love with the written word and perhaps even the origami art form. 
Students will read approximately 35-45 pages a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also new activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, a Kahoot trivia game to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters, and a Star Wars origami-making assignment. 
The students will need their own copy of Tom Angleberger's Darth Paper Strikes Back to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the worksheet. They will also need paper (computer, construction, notebook, etc.) to attempt the origami activities.
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I ask students to submit any vocabulary words the students didn't recognize or passages the students did not understand. The more questions, comments and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
According to commonsensemedia.org: Darth Paper Strikes Back is the second of Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda books. The series focuses on the social and academic challenges of some slightly oddball middle schoolers, and their debate as to whether a boy's paper finger puppet, the Origami Yoda, really possesses the powers of an oracle to channel the Force, dispense advice, and predict the future. The students often question authority and break rules, as middle schoolers will do, and in this installment a student is "referred" from his public school into a remedial program for problem students. As the title suggests, there's loads of Star Wars imagery; some kids play The Clone Wars: Strike Team video game in their school library.

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Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
877 total reviews
690 completed classes

About Me

I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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