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Grade 5 Literature - Semester 1 - Flora and Ulysses, Lemonade War, and more FLEX

In this 16 week course, we will be reading three wonderful novels: Bud, Not Buddy, Flora and Ulysses, and The Lemonade War. Great for ages 8-11!
Nicole Trusky
363 total reviews for this teacher
New class
No live meetings
Over 16 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Mon, Nov 7

Nov 7, 2022 – Mar 12, 2023 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon, Dec 5

Dec 5, 2022 – Apr 2, 2023 (16 weeks)
Flexible Time
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Class Experience

Students will learn about character traits, plot, and themes.
Students will learn new vocabulary.
Students will learn to summarize what they have read.
Students will work on interpersonal skills as they discuss the novel with their peers. 
I have been teaching these books and others that tackle hard topics for many years. I also teach US History and have a lot of experience teaching prejudice and racism, as well as the historical themes in several of these books. 
Reading is assigned each week. 
Students will complete several worksheets and/or assignments each week.
Students will need to have a physical, digital, or audio copy of the following novels: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies I will provide a pdf of the study guide.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Bud, Not Buddy is about an African American child traversing the foster system in Jim Crow-era Michigan. Bud is treated very poorly by his foster family and one of his foster brothers beats him up. Though this book is geared towards this age group, it does not shy away from the struggles of being an African American foster child in the 1930s.

Throughout Flora and Ulysses, the main character traverses the changing landscape of her life as her parents are divorcing.


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363 total reviews
392 completed classes

About Me

Hi everyone! I'm Nicole Trusky, a homeschooling mom of three and lover of all things history and pop culture! I have a Master in Humanities with a concentration in American Studies and have been studying history for as long as I can remember (my... 
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