I Can Make This Promise: A Critical Thinking Literature Circle Book Club

We will read the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award-winning book "I Can Make this Promise" and participate in a Literature Circle-based discussion, rotating responsibilities and presenting our work to the group.
Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 7 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

This specific course is geared toward higher level thinking.  Each literature circle role is directly connected to the 11 elements of critical thinking: big ideas, rules, trends, patterns, language of the discipline, ethics, relationships over time, details, unanswered questions, across disciplines and multiple perspectives.  Students will also get practice at "presenting" in a casual context as well as asking questions and holding a discussion, taking turns and perspectives.  

Week 1:  Read Prologue and Chapter 1 
(13 pages)

Week 2:  Read Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
(36 pages)

Week 3:  Read Chapters 7, 8, 9,10,11 and 12
(39 pages)

Week 4: Read Chapters  13, 14, 15, 16 and 17
( 35 pages)

Week 5:  Read Chapters 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23
(41 pages)

Week 6:  Read Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28
(39 pages)

Week 7:  Read Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and Epilogue
(46 pages)

Note:  This particular story encounters two examples of potentially challenging themes - adoption and identity as a member of an Indigenous nation. This is an award-winning novel (American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award) written by an Indigenous author and based on her own experience.  From the author's note:  "As the daughter of a Native American Upper Skagit/Nooksack/Blackfeet/Nez Perce adoptee, I drew inspiration from my own life and my family's history while writing this book.  I also gathered information from a variety of other sources.  There are several references to real-world events, people and places within these pages." 

The main character in this book is the granddaughter of a member of the Coast Salish - a group of ethnically and linguistically related Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, living in British Columbia, Canada and the U.S. states of Washington and Oregon. 

Relevant Educator Coursework:

Anti-bias in Education Workshop with Dr. Ashley N.Patterson (Outschool)
Classroom Culture in Anti-bias Education (Outschool)
Learner Led Instructional Model (Outschool)
Anti-bias Education: An Introduction (Outschool)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Online Classroom (Outschool)
Supporting Unique Learnings (Outschool)
Family and Community Engagement in Anti-Bias Education (Outschool)
Educator Leadership in Anti-Bias Education (Outschool)
Indigenous Peoples' History Webinar (Teaching Tolerance - A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center)
Current Events in Your Classroom: Fostering Dialogue in Divisive Times Webinar  (Facing History and Ourselves)
Teaching About Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Webinar - Kelly Tudor (Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas) (Outschool)
The student will read approximately 35 - 40 pages per week and complete their "job" in order to be ready to present to the group each week. 
A copy of the book

Documents provided by the teacher, to be printed off by the student in preparation for class each week.  
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Google Drive
Informal/Observational assessment available upon request.  
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This book deals with the potentially sensitive topics of:  adoption, cultural identity, Indigenous peoples' history


Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
Lives in the United States
Former public general education teacher and gifted education specialist
349 total reviews
149 completed classes

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About me:
My name is Carie Beth Russell.  I am the mother of two teenagers, an elderly cat and a 3 year old dog.  I live in the Midwest region of the United States with my family.  

I am a former public elementary school... 
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