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"Little House in the Big Woods" Reading Comprehension and Literature Class

An 8 week course in which the student will read Little House in the Big Woods and engage in discussion of content, Literary elements, introduction to the American Historical content, study vocabulary words, and create art projects.
Dayna Harrison
21 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 8 learners
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$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 8 weeks
45 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Understand the 9 Literary Elements of Literature
Be able to define the vocabulary words used in the book
Practice writing skills by creating sentences using the vocabulary words introduced in each week's lesson
Develop good listening skills and be respectful of others as we discuss the book in class.
Understand where this book falls in the history timeline of America and the historical events that surround the life of Laura
Review other skills: Alphabetical order, research skills, parts of speech, how to write a complete sentence, how to answer a comprehension question, how to properly read aloud and how to read silently
I have read this specific book multiple times with students ages 6-12 .   This book is a Historical Fiction book and even though the primary focus of the book is the lifestyle of the author Laura Ingalls Wilder, the class will look at some of the historical events that surround this time period.  This story was written in a time when it was common to discriminate against Native Americans.  To prepare for this class I have researched the Menominee and Sauk and Fox tribes which are located in the Wisconsin area as well as the discrimination they endured. Refer to the parental guidance section or the course description for more details of specific historical events to be discussed. 
The student will benefit the most from the class by reading the chapters provided for homework each week.  Each week the student will be required to read 2 chapters of the book "Little House in the Big Woods", therefore the student will be prepared to discuss topics in class as well as engage with the activities with understanding.  
The student will need to bring the book--"The Little House in the Big Woods" to each class. In each class the learner will complete some type of art project each week except the first and last week in class. The materials will either be supplied by the teacher or will be items easily acquired. Crafts that a parent may want to be near: Week 2 - some type of modeling clay or playdough Week 3 - apple or orange, whole cloves, Week 4 - hammer and nail used to make lantern Week 5 - scissors and colored paper as well as cardboard and glue stick used to make patchwork quilt Week 6 - sheet of paper can be white or brown and scissors--- If paper is white the student will need a brown crayon and possible black pen Week 7 - crayons-begin to design an individual cover for their class cookbook Week 8 - no craft this week
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
***Teacher Dayna will supply Chapter Quizzes each week and a Unit Test to be administered by the parent.  The quizzes and tests are to be distributed at the parents discretion.  The quizzes and tests will not be administered by the teacher and will not be a requirement to complete the class.  
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
     In the 1860's the Ingall's were part of the pioneers, who were illegal settlers and established their homes on the Native American's homeland. We will discuss how this is not appropriate behavior to take something that does not belong to you.  This concept of ownership is clear even to student's of a young age.  In the beginning of the book Laura says that she lives in the Big Woods with no one living around her, but we will discuss that as a young child Laura did not see other people, but that there were actually others, the Native Americans, that lived in the Big Woods near Laura and her family.  As is expressed in the Outschool Policy for class listings the class will be unbiased, inclusive of all learners, and intentionally be designed to represent diverse viewpoints fairly and accurately.   During Week 1 we will discuss the misrepresentations of the Native American, racial slurs, and harmful stereotypes within the historical perspective of the pioneer era.   Also, on page 53 Pa refers to a story from his childhood when he was pretending he was  "a wild hunter, stalking the wild animals and the Indians."  This in its context expresses racism.  Since this is a sentence used early in the book and discrimination of the Native American is a part of American History; discrimination against the Native American will be addressed in the second week of class discussion. The student's will learn about the Native American tribes which lived specifically in and around Wisconsin at this time in history: Menominee; Sauk and Fox.  They will also learn about the Treaty of Prairie du Chien of 1825, The Black Hawk War of 1832, and The Homestead Act of 1862, which were all historical events that impacted this area of America.  All discussions will be handled in an age appropriate manner.  In the "Course Description" for this class I have provided a Lesson Plan which provides a breakdown of the information to be taught each week.  I encourage if you have more questions to refer to the material found in the "Sources" section below where I have posted websites and articles which provide relevant information to this class content or the teacher can be contacted directly.   
"Little House in the Big Woods" book
American Indians in Children's Literature website, which provides critical analysis of Indigenous Peoples in children's and young adult books.  
www.littlehouseontheprairie.com--"Historical Perspective or Racism In Little House on the Prairie" 
http://files.eric.ed.gov/?id=ED394744--"Teaching Young Children about Native Americans" by Debbie Reese
"How to Teach Kids about Native Cultures" by Debbie Reese
http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/minority-health/population/amind-pophistory.htm---Wisconsin Historical facts about American Indians
www.wisconsinhistory.org--Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Historical Society
www.washingtonpost.com article-"Don't overlook the racist content in this book series"
Pomander Balls--www.almamac.com


Dayna Harrison
Lives in the United States
Brick and Mortar Elementary Teacher for 7 years, Homeschool Mom for 24 years, ESL online teacher- TESOL certified, and scrapbooking enthusiast
21 total reviews
28 completed classes

About Me

 I have significant experience teaching both elementary age children and teenagers.    After receiving my teaching degree in Elementary Education I taught second grade in a brick and mortar classroom for 7 years.  When I started my family I chose... 
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