Is She a Geek, Freak, or Magic? Middle School Book Club: Stargirl by J. Spinelli
Kiera Astrid, M.L.I.S, M.F.A
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.
US Grade 5 - 8
We'll meet once a week for 45 minutes. Reading expectation is approximately 50 pages a week. Discussion questions promote critical thinking and reflecting on the themes in Stargirl such as: conformity, bullying, belonging, friendship, social norms, and neurodiversity. We'll discuss metaphors, turning points, foreshadowing, and mood vs. tone. If comfortable, we'll share our life experiences with conformity and bullying. Story Geek Book Clubs provide a safe space for deep thinking, big...
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 OfferedWe'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 OfferedInformal assessment
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
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...
$20weekly or $80 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
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Completed by 33 learners
Live video meetings
2-10 learners per class