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Once Upon a Time...

English

Gathering Blue: Reading and Discussion

Let's read and discuss the second book in The Giver quartet, Gathering Blue
Janelle Fila
885 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
9-14
year olds
1-9
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 reading comprehension and valuable time management skills.They will be exposed to new vocabulary. They will also learn how to articulate what they've read and to explain how they feel about the reading. They will be encouraged to share their opinions as they communicate with myself and other classmates. 
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years and currently tutor and write curriculum. I have read The Giver series multiple times! It is a book that I gave to my son to read as soon as I felt he was old enough to understand the concepts. I love that it uses a dystopian world to challenge us to think about our own world and current situations. 
Prior to Week 1: Students should read Chapters 1-3
Prior to Week 2: Chapters 4-5
Prior to Week 3: Chapters 6-8
Prior to Week 4: Chapters 9-11
Prior to Week 5: Chapters 12-14
Prior to Week 6: Chapters 15-17
Prior to Week 7: Chapters 18-20
Prior to Week 8: Chapters 21-23
The students will need their own copy of Gathering Blue 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 during our discussion time.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Dystopian stories can be tricky to understand, so a lot of time will be spent questioning students to make sure they have an understanding of the previous week's pages. Students will be asked their opinion about what they think important clues might reveal about the upcoming chapters and what they think might come next in the story. We will also spend time going over vocabulary words and discussing any questions that the students might have. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
From Commonsensemedia.org: Kira's world is more savage and disorderly, with the kind of violent brutality that readers might expect in a story set in medieval times: Deformed people are outcasts, parents slap their children, day-to-day life is meager, dirty, and angry, and villagers are fearful and superstitious. However, as in The Giver, a young person with special qualities emerges as the hero, and the overriding message is that kindness, honesty, and a selfless use of talent will create a better future for all. 

Teacher

Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
885 total reviews
731 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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