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Ghost Stories With Teacher Kathy

Kathy Pudil
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In this 5-week class, we will read a ghost story by author Mary Downing Hahn together.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
  • Students will enjoy a great ghost story, while examining the themes of blended families, guilt, forgiveness, and communication. We will practice using context clues to determine meaning of any new vocabulary. We will practice making connections to the characters and the events in the story, like riding bikes, exploring a path in the woods, keeping a younger sibling safe.
I have taught this book several times to a class full of 11-12 year olds who enjoyed it immensely.  Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a ghost story like this one!
Homework Offered
Our work, reading and discussing will primarily be done in class, interactively. Students will want to read teacher comments on classroom page each week, and respond to "think questions" there in a "written conversation." Accommodations can be made as needed or requested.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment is primary evaluation of whether student is engaged, "getting it," growing vocabulary, and understanding the themes in the story. We will talk about these things throughout the reading, and an end of book writing assignment on one of the themes can be a more formal assessment option if desired. It will be graded on a four-point scale, with comments from teacher. For example: 4= student understood theme very well student used several examples from the text to support his/her ideas student shows competency in writing fundamentals (spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar) student includes use of some new vocabulary words in response 3= student understood theme student used 1-2 examples from the text to support his/her ideas student may have 1-2 errors in writing fundamentals student may include 1-2 vocabulary words in response 2= unclear whether student understood theme student may lack more than one example from the text to support one's ideas student may have several errors in writing fundamentals (5-10) student may not have used any new vocabulary words in response 1= student did not understand theme student did not provide examples from the text student has many errors in writing fundamentals (>10) student did not use new vocabulary words in response
Grades Offered
copy of book: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
paper/pen or pencil for vocabulary list and notes
This is a ghost story, and has some scary moments. (Most of them are calmed or resolved by the presence of a family member, promoting moments that teach the themes of the story.) The two girls are trapped in a caved-in basement and learn to rely on each other. The younger sister is lured into the pond and is caught in the underwater weeds; her older step-sister rescues her. The ghost writes a threat on the older sister's side of the room, and also destroys some other items, including the mom's artwork. The graveyard caretaker smokes a pipe.
We may examine a map to look at the area of the country that the story takes place. (It is somewhat vague.)
Joined October, 2021
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Education
Missouri Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Hello! My name is Teacher Kathy, and I look forward to seeing you in my classroom!  I teach students of all ages to become better readers and writers through integrated, interactive, and hands-on learning. I enjoy incorporating art and music into... 
Group Class


weekly or $199 for 10 classes
2x per week, 5 weeks
55 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
1-4 learners per class

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