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English by the Books: "The Penderwicks" Book Club - Grammar & Literary Elements

In this 6 week course, we will study "The Penderwicks" by Jeanne Birdsall as our living text to examine English grammar and literary elements. We will further explore the art, history, science, and math that enrich the reader's experience!
Michelle Myers, English by the Books
80 total reviews for this teacher
10 reviews for this class
Completed by 31 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 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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Class Experience

Students will learn to not only enjoy a story but also to appreciate the author's use of literary elements, writing mechanics, and mastery of English grammar.  In order to write well, you have to read great writing.  The overall goal of this class is for students to read with joy and wonder while gaining English language tools to improve their own writing craft.
I'm a lifelong reader and self-professed bibliophile.  My teaching style is classical in nature and literature based.  I have been homeschooling my own children and teaching other homeschool students for 8 years with Socratic seminar steeped in living books.  I believe reading great books leads to producing great thinkers and writers who can better communicate their ideas.  I have led many themed book club groups for children over the years.  I've also taught English grammar until I started diagramming sentences in my sleep.  But, I've found the most impactful study of the English language combines reading great books and studying great writing.
Weekly homework assignments include assigned chapter reading (3 chapters a week) and a fun extension activity.  The reading will take 1-2 hours per week depending on the reader's abilities.  The chapter reading will be discussed in class so please write down any questions or thoughts you want to share in class.  All extension activities will take approximately 30 minutes or less per week and will be shared verbally with the class.  Total time commitment: approximately 1.5 - 2.5 hours outside of class per week.
***Required: All students must have a copy of "The Penderwicks" by Jeanne Birdsall. This is Book 1 in the Penderwicks series. The full title is "The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy". Other supplies: Paper, pencil, tape, and any coloring art supplies you may have at home.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
All students will receive verbal feedback in class and written feedback at the conclusion of the course regarding improvements and suggestions for continued learning.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Michelle Myers, English by the Books
Lives in the United States
Read Deeply. Think Critically. Write Confidently.
80 total reviews
72 completed classes

About Me

Hello!  Welcome to my page and thank you for taking the time to consider me as your student's teacher!

I am a lifelong learner, home educator, and certified ESL teacher.  I didn't come to be a teacher from a traditional route but from a hard... 
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