Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue Reading and Discussion: Flexible Schedule

In this 4-week course, students will use videos, worksheets, writing assignments, crossword puzzles and I Spy challenges to understand Lois Lowry's second book in The Giver quartet, Gathering Blue
Janelle Fila
872 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners

No live meetings

Over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

Pacific Time

Sun Jun 5

Jun 5 - Jul 2 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time

Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Week One: Chapters 1-5
Week Two: Chapters 6-11
Week Three: Chapters 12-17
Week Four: Chapters 18-23

Students will learn reading comprehension and valuable time management skills. They will be exposed to new vocabulary. They will also learn how to articulate through writing what they've read and to explain how they feel about the reading. They will be encouraged to share their opinions in the classroom as they communicate with myself and other classmates. 
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years, tutored college students and wrote curriculum for K-5. I have read The Giver series multiple times! It is a series that I gave to my son to read as soon as I felt he was old enough to understand the concepts. I love that it uses a dystopian world to challenge us to think about our own world and current situations. 
Students will read approximately 5-6 chapters a week on their own time. Each week, students will have access to the 5-6 videos and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers for each day. Each week, I assign a 1-2 page writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and encourage the students to share their responses in the classroom. They will also write sentences for 12 vocabulary words. 
The students will need their own copy of Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue 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 when watching the review videos, although they may find it helpful to have when completing the writing assignments. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The more assignments that students complete and the more questions that they post in the classroom helps me to 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.
From Commonsensemedia.org: Kira's world is more savage and disorderly, with the kind of violent brutality that readers might expect in a story set in medieval times: Deformed people are outcasts, parents slap their children, day-to-day life is meager, dirty, and angry, and villagers are fearful and superstitious. However, as in The Giver, a young person with special qualities emerges as the hero, and the overriding message is that kindness, honesty, and a selfless use of talent will create a better future for all. 


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
872 total reviews
669 completed classes

About Me

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 subject levels. 
This experience taught me that most kids enjoy... 
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