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Learn to Analyze Literature: Reading "Because of Mr. Terupt"

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Tara Swoboda, MA, RYT
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(47)
In this four-week online course, readers will learn to identify and describe plot progression, character development, themes and symbols using literary terms.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Students will:
- Read "Because of Mr. Terupt" in its entirety (268 pages total).
- Understand major plot points in the novel.
- Identify and describe major and minor characters in the novel.
- Identify and explain major themes in the novel.
- Connect their reading with specific literary terms.
- Gain confidence in their reading comprehension through the practice of literary analysis in a small group setting.
I hold a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. I embraced my inner lit nerd while studying at UC Berkeley, where my favorite classes were small, discussion-based literature courses. I loved the endless options for studying different authors, time periods, genres, and literary canons, and found myself with a minor in Russian Literature just for the fun of it, too.

I love reading! Whether you're a fellow bookworm or a hesitant reader, my classroom is a welcome space to explore literature without stress or judgement. There are no tests or quizzes in my courses -- I even hand you the themes and symbols to watch for as you read! Flipping the reading process and telling readers which ideas to be on the lookout for makes it easy for learners to focus their reading. Students will complete the course feeling confident in their understanding of the novel. I always offer additional suggested reading for students who want to take their reading to the next level, too.
Homework Offered
Students should plan to read approximately 50 pages between each class meeting. Note sheets are provided by the instructor but are not formal assignments; rather, they are meant to guide student reading and prepare for discussion.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students should obtain a copy of "Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyea (ISBN 978-0-375-85824-6). Chapter-by-chapter overviews and notes are provided by the instructor weekly.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Note to parents:
This novel is intended for readers ages 8-12 (per publisher). It includes themes of bullying, divorce, prejudice, special needs, death, and guilt. Our class will explore major themes in great depth through discussion and close reading, hence the higher age recommendation (9 years or older) for this course.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(47)
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Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor
Licensed to teach children's online yoga in the US and internationally
RYT200 (Yoga Teacher Certification) - Big Bear Yoga
RYT500 (Advanced Teacher Certification) - Cloud Nine Yoga
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Group Class

$89

for 8 classes
2x per week, 4 weeks
45 min

Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
1-10 learners per class

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