Is She a Geek, Freak, or Magic? Middle School Book Club: Stargirl by J. Spinelli

Kiera Astrid, M.L.I.S, M.F.A
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(90)
Students read and discuss Stargirl. Great story for kids who march to a creative drum and/or ever struggled with belonging, social norms or identify as neurodivergent. Discussions on belonging vs. fitting in. ELA activities posted weekly.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
This class is taught in English.
Students learn the words conformity and nonconformity. 

Students are asked to consider when social norms are or are not important to follow. 

Students are asked to think about the difference between fitting in and belonging. 

Students practice close reading skills. 

Students learn four literary terms: turning point, metaphor, foreshadowing, and mood vs tone. 
Homework Offered
We'll read approximately 50 -70 pages a week. Weekly classroom post includes optional creative thinking/writing questions, creative English Language Arts activities, and video links providing additional context.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment
Grades Offered
Book: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 
We'll discuss the beauty, challenges, and magic of marching to a different drum or loving someone who does. 
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(90)
I believe in the power of Story. 

Stories are magical teachers. They open our minds and hearts. They remind us of our similarities and introduce us to our differences. They comfort us when our abilities or identities have been misunderstood. They... 
Group Class


weekly or $80 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(11)
Completed by 33 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
2-10 learners per class

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