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Grace Lin Literature Circle Book Club (When the Sea Turned to Silver - Book 3)

Over 6-weeks, practice literary analysis in a fun, interactive way with roles like the writer, reporter, designer, anthropologist, and theme tracker to lead in-depth discussions of this companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Alaina Bell Gao
387 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 6 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
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Charged upfront
$18 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
50 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone

Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
There will be reading and written work to be completed each week prior to the literature circle (including prior to the first literature circle) as each student prepares for their role.

Lesson 1: Read chapters 1 to 12
Lesson 2: Read chapters 13 to 25
Lesson 3: Read chapters 26 to 38
Lesson 4: Read chapters 39 to 51
Lesson 5: Read chapters 52 to 64
Lesson 6: Read chapters 65 to 76
Each student must have their own copy of When the Sea Turned to Silver.
Please notify me if you would like to receive written reports (including anecdotes and feedback about your child's performance).
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This novel is more intense than the previous two in the series, with reference to monsters and sea demons and their attacks, a brutal leader called the Tiger Emperor, forced labour to build the Great Wall, soldiers apprehending the grandma, Amah and burning down the hut, and a magical ginseng boy being added to a soup (who was then saved by his friend). An immortal sacrifices herself to save the people, as does the grandma to save Pinmei and a boy turned into a dragon to save his village. It may not be suitable for readers who are sensitive, including to the mention of blood, such as "a drop of blood". There is also mention of the Mountain Spirit and references to death from old age.


Alaina Bell Gao
Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
387 total reviews
181 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an experienced Canadian English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. As a dedicated, creative, gentle, and patient neurodivergent teacher, many neurodiverse learners thrive in my... 
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