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Dog Lovers Book Discussion

In this 4-week book group, students will read two books about dogs: Because of Winn-Dixie and Shiloh and join us for a book discussion.
Mysti Chisholm, RPSGT, MBA-HM
653 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 6 learners
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40 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
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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I am a dog lover! I have always had dogs and we have a lab/husky mix now. My daughter is homeschooled and I taught these two books during her Reading Comprehension units because they evoke such different feelings. I want to bring that opportunity to the students of Outschool to experience these amazing books. Prior to this, I had my fourth and fifth grade students read these each year in public school and my reading tutor students after school enjoyed them immensely as well. 
Reading chapters are assigned each week. The chapters must be read prior to class so that we may discuss them during class. Week 1-3 will also include homework: a personal 10-item list, a dog care instructional page, and a written letter to our literary character.
Students will need a copy of the following books (either a physical copy, a library copy, or a digital copy): Shiloh-By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Because of Winn-Dixie-By Kate DiCamillo
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress is assess via class discussion about the books and their projects/homework.
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
These books contain a few curse words (only one in Because of Winn-Dixie and four in Shiloh). There is mention of alcohol (an alcoholic neighbor mentioned in both books). In Shiloh, the dog's former owner is abusive to his dogs (he hits and kicks them, hence why Shiloh leaves). We will not be reading passages during class that contain curse words but children will read them as part of the book for homework. 

The books use the alcoholic characters (only in passing in Because of Winn-Dixie but more in Shiloh) to impress upon the reader the poverty of each town and, in Shiloh's case, the hopelessness of his situation. Though we will also not be referencing them in class, students may point out that one of the reason that Judd Travers is so hard on Shiloh may be because he drinks, though this changes at the end of the book. We will talk about how Judd changes and stops doing these things that make him 'bad' (drinking, cursing) and how Marty helps to facilitate this.
Students will need either a physical copy or a digital copy of each book: 
Shiloh-By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Because of Winn-Dixie-By Kate DiCamillo


Mysti Chisholm, RPSGT, MBA-HM
Lives in the United States
Science Instructor and Sleep Medical Professional
653 total reviews
621 completed classes

About Me

Hello students and parents!

Of note*-- I will be on vacation from February 12th-17th, 2023. I will still be able to get messages and answer questions but not in as timely manner as usual.

I am a former Science teacher who now runs a... 
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