Historical Fiction Book Club for Students Who Love History!

Together we will meet and discuss a different historical fiction book every week.
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45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

Book clubs in middle school are a great way to teach students to form and share opinions with others which are an important skill to have as they get older. I run all book clubs so every student is able to answer questions that I pose and participate in the lively discussion. I am also aware that some students prefer to participate through chat than on a microphone. This is completely acceptable. My goal for the students is to get them to share their thoughts however they feel comfortable doing that. 
I have been homeschooling my own children for over 15 years. My favorite part of homeschooling has been sharing good literature with my kids and with other homeschooled students in various book clubs I have run over the years. I hope that my enthusiasm for good books rubs off on my students and they take that love with them throughout their lives. 
Students need to come to class having read the book so they can participate in a lively discussion. 
Week 1 - Allies by Alan Gratz (https://amzn.to/2EkOTiR)
Week 2 - The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman (https://amzn.to/2YeXFWW)
Week 3 - Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz (https://amzn.to/3vgID0W)
Week 4 - I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin (https://amzn.to/2YdpMF)
Week 5 - Auma's Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo (https://amzn.to/2Yh1QSa)
Week 6 - Brother's Keeper by Julie Lee (https://amzn.to/3iWav4h)
Week 7 - Broken Strings by Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer (https://amzn.to/3iY34tA) 
Week 8 - I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepety (https://amzn.to/3FuQeh3)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Historical fiction books deal with big issues including war, mistreatment of children, and other social issues. These books tackle all of these issues and more. Blackbird Girls deals with an abusive parent and Auma's Run grapples with the AIDS epidemic and how it was transmitted. I Must Betray You has themes of torture, government control, violence, and romance. If you have concerns about these topics please pre-read the books. Thank you.  


Jill HarperFun and engaging teacher who is passionate about all students.
240 total reviews
122 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Jill and I am passionate about education and have extensive experience teaching in the online community. I love overseeing book clubs for tweens and teens, sharing my love of literature and film, and offering classes that... 
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