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Little House on the Prairie-Reading Discussion Group

In this class that meets 5 times, students will discuss and journal about Laura Ingalls Wilder's book, Little House on the Prairie.
Mysti Chisholm, RPSGT, MBA-HM
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$9 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 3 weeks
35 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Students will work on reading comprehension as well as comparing/contrasting skills. Students will also be immersed in historical facts drawn from the series.
Growing up, the Little House on the Prairie series was one of my favorites! In fact, the books I use in class still have the inscription from my grandparents when I received them in 1990 as a birthday present! As I was teaching them in an English unit to my daughter, who is homeschooled, I wanted to also bring that opportunity to the students of Outschool to experience this amazing series of books. It was a book that I had my fifth and sixth grade English students read and a one-on-one book that my reading students read when I tutored in reading after school. 
A journal entry will be completed after each class. Specific chapters of the book (as outlined above) will be required to be read prior to each class. 
Little House on the Prairie book by Laura Ingalls Wilder Notebook
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No grades or tests will be given. Students are assessed on their knowledge of reading the material purely on class discussion.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This series of books are set in the late 1800's and early 1900's and do depict the narrator discussing themes common for that time period..... hunting, raising animals for food, historical perspective (racism) on Native Americans, and religious mentions (Christmas, reading the Bible, Sabbath on Sundays). 

The Ingalls were part of a wave of illegal settlers who entered established indigenous territories in the 1860's. During these sections of the book, the class will discuss how Laura felt as a child during this time and the fears her family had. Students will also be asked to consider the perspective of the Native Americans. How would they feel if uninvited strangers entered their home? We will discuss the Homestead Act of 1862 and how our culture of Native Americans and indigenous peoples have changed. In the books, we see Pa and Ma's attitudes towards "Indians" change as they live beside them. We will discuss whether this racism continues today and how our perspective has changed in the 21st century. This will be used as a platform to examine the history of the 1860s as pioneers traveled west. Critical thinking will be encouraged.


Mysti Chisholm, RPSGT, MBA-HM
Lives in the United States
Science Instructor and Sleep Medical Professional
735 total reviews
749 completed classes

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