Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule
In this 6-week course, students will read Leigh Bardugo's multiple point of view novel set in the GrishaVerse, where people with magical abilities can heal, harm, save the world, or destroy it. #academic
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$8 per week
Over 6 weeks
No live meetings
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This book is separated into six sections. Students will read one section a week on their own time. Each week a new video will discuss the pages that the students have previously read. This class does not meet live. The prerecorded sessions will emphasize characters, their motivations, theme, story plausibility, and inferences about what might come next. We will also refer to Russian history and mythology as it relates to our weekly reading. Each Sunday, students will have access to a video...
Week 1 Part 1 Chapters 1-6 Week 2 Part 2 Chapters 7-15 Week 3 Part 3 Chapters 16-20 Week 4 Part 4 Chapters 21-26 Week 5 Part 5 Chapters 27-38 Week 6 Part 6 Chapters 39-46
I have an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool. I also teach English Composition as an adjunct university professor. I have been blessed to discuss Leigh Bardugo in the classroom multiple times. She is an excellent storyteller and world builder. She creates dark and tragic magical worlds that I feel honored to share with students! Her books offer an excellent opportunity to discuss this immersive and sinister world. Since this world is based off of Russian folklore, there is so much to be learned from this series, especially for students who love reading historical fiction or have any interest in creative writing. This book particularly leads to good discussion about morally gray characters, revenge, and rebellious acts.
Students will read approximately one part a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, and a Kahoot! quiz to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
Students will need a copy of Six of Crows to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have while filling out their worksheets or working on their writing assignment.
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents need to know that Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows is related to her Grisha trilogy, but you can read this first book of the related series without reading the trilogy first. As in the fantasy series, the content is consistently mature and a better fit for mature teen readers. Characters are complex, flawed, and sometimes responsible for despicable acts, such as plucking out a man's eye in one gruesome scene. More bloodshed includes arena fighting in prison where a man is mauled to death and wolves are killed, a gang shooting where a boy is left for dead, a knife wound that nearly kills a main character, and more. Backstories of the main characters can be jarring, such as a recalled childhood scene of a character being buried in corpses on a barge, imprisonment and near-starvation, and characters being beaten and forced to work in brothels. No details are given about life in the brothels, but there's some kissing and nakedness in other scenes. Strong language is pretty infrequent, with only one use of "f--king." Readers will learn the backstories of these characters as the novel progresses, each bringing up themes of survival and overcoming loss. Though greed and revenge seem to motivate characters on the surface, there's also an underlying desire for connection.
Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
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I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and...