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English

Life Issues Book Club: Still Life With Tornado

We use student-centered strategies to learn about our own lives through studying together the contemporary novel "Still Life With Tornado" by A.S. King
Megan DiGregorio
19 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
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Class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
13-16
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will develop and expand skills in collaboration, critical thinking, public speaking, and academic engagement. Students will write to learn, and we will practice locating specific evidence to back up our claims about the text. Formal writing and text citation is not covered in the course. The emphasis is on thinking, sharing that thinking, and connecting perspectives through exploring the text together. 

This is a book club, not a literature course, so while academic concepts and elements of literature will be used to guide discussion, no formal instruction or assessment will take place.
As a middle school teacher, I strived for a student-centered classroom focused on the whole child and using literature to connect with and nurture understanding of other people and the world around us. Research has shown that reading, particularly fiction, helps develop necessary empathy and social awareness in people of all ages.
For our first meeting, no work is due.
For the next three meetings, you will be asked to read a portion of the book and complete the assigned work in order to be ready to discuss with the group. In our final class, you will present a project over the book. We will review this schedule in the first class meeting.
Handouts and schedules will be provided by the teacher. Learners will also need... *A copy of the novel "Still Life with Tornado" by A.S. King *A notebook or folder to keep track of writings and notes for class *Post-its for marking the book (optional)
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Like many contemporary YA (Young Adult) novels, this book does not shy away from serious issues. The narrator experiences recovered memories of witnessing domestic violence. Mature language can be found throughout. I do not recommend the book for students younger than 13.

Teacher

Megan DiGregorioELA with Joy and Connection
19 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

Greetings! I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of your child's learning journey.

I have been a classroom teacher (middle school Language Arts) for 10 years. I love to teach reading, writing, and grammar--I can't resist digging in... 
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