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Jubilant Book Club: Historical Fiction Novels for Kids

In this Jubilant Tutoring, ongoing weekly class for ages nine and up, we read and discuss one historical fiction novel every week.
John Lowthian
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Runs week after week
50 minutes per class
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The overarching objective for this class is improving comprehension skills—secondary objectives include vocabulary skills, inferring, predicting, and textual connections.  
     -Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
     -Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (comprehension).
     -Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
     -Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.
I obtained a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2002 and an Educational Technology master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010. I spent over 20 years in the upper elementary classroom and specialized in teaching language arts for ten years. I also have ten years of private tutoring experience and have tutored online since 2020. I specialize and enjoy digging deep into and discussing a good book with a group of young learners and building upon the reading/writing connection. I work with students from ages 8-13 (upper elementary to middle school skill level).
-Learners are expected to have read the book prior to our weekly meeting.
-Posting on the Padlet discussion board is optional (no account needed). 
A Padlet discussion board link will be provided before the start of each book (no account needed). Books that will need to be borrowed from the library or purchased for class: -Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood (9+ yrs) -An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo (10+ yrs -War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (10+ yrs) -The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne -Dolley Madison and the War of 1812 by Libby Carty McNamee(8-12 yrs) -Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (12+ yrs) -Hunger Winter by Rob Currie (10+ yrs) -Susanna’s Midnight Ride, The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War by Libby McNamee (10+ yrs) -I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (12+ yrs) -Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (12+ yrs) -A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson (10+ yrs) -Resistance by Jennifer Nielson (10+ yrs) -Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Skrypuch (9+ yrs) -Escaping Chernobyl by Andy Marino (8+ yrs)
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Guardians can receive their child's comments and a participation summary if requested. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
-Historical events that may be discussed in this class include topics such as death, racism, slavery, discrimination, sexism, violence, and war. All topics are discussed for the purposes of gaining historical knowledge and comprehending text. Some strong language may be used in some books. Discussion will be limited to an age-appropriate level. Age-level recommendations are listed, and I suggest guardians check reviews of each book at commonsensemedia.com. 
-A Padlet discussion board (no account needed) is used for book discussion purposes only and will be monitored for language and usage. 

A Padlet discussion board link will be provided before the start of each book (no account needed).


John Lowthian
Lives in the United States
M. Ed, Reading & Writing
29 total reviews
66 completed classes

About Me

Welcome to my class! Spring 2023 is the time for new challenges, and after spending over 20 years in the classroom, I am excited to begin my journey with Outschool. After graduating high school, I decided I wanted to do something in life that... 
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