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Girl Power Book Club - Rules by Cynthia Lord

This 8 week book club will explore books by female authors with adolescent female protagonists.
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 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 critically engage with the text and each other to find personal resonance, and use creative activities to promote a positive attitude toward reading.  In addition, students will learn and practice active reading skills. 
I have taught middle school humanities (English and Social Studies) for nearly 20 years. Throughout my teaching career I have mastered teaching techniques to reach students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, and have developed effective classroom management techniques focusing on individual responsibility and community building. My process-oriented approach helps students develop the skills they need to be successful at any level.  
Students will be expected to read and annotate approx. 2-3 chapters per week in preparation for class. Students will  be responsible for having a personal or borrowed copy of the book for the duration of the class (8 weeks).
Ideally, students should purchase their own copy of the book to encourage in-text annotation. If that is not feasible, a borrowed or library copy will suffice and annotations can be done using sticky notes. Students may find it helpful to have highlighters, sticky notes, and a notebook, but these are not required.
There will be informal assessments throughout the course to check understanding, reading fluency, annotation skills, etc. Some types of informal assessment could include questionnaires, checklists, exit tickets, etc. Feedback will be encouraging, supportive, and aimed at inspiring a love of reading.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Rules has a 4 star rating from Common Sense Media and is rated for ages 9+.  There may be some issues raised in the book that might be sensitive to the students and their families. Any such issue will be addressed with openness and compassion. Specifically, the group guidelines we establish will provide expectations about how to respectfully communicate with one another, and will provide a common language for sharing and interacting. The structured format of each weekly session will ensure equity so that all students feel supported and heard, and students feel safe sharing only as much as feels comfortable to them. The Common Sense Media book review can be found at


Jean DeSimone
Lives in the United States
Veteran humanities teacher, reader, traveler and lifelong learner

About Me

My areas of interest and expertise are in the Humanities: English, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies, History and Current Events. I love working with adolescents, both Middle School and High School, and have nearly 20 years of experience... 
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