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Magnus Chase: Book 1 - The Sword of Summer 4 Week Book Camp! Runes, Magic, More!

In this 4 week reading camp we will discuss Book 1 of the Magnus Chase series, The Summer Sword, and make our own magic with runes, crafts, and more!
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Class

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks

9-13

year olds

3-9

learners per class

per learner - per class

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Class Experience

Students will learn about Vikings: their culture, art, history, writing, and their myths and legends through their reading and discussion of Book 1 of the Magnus Chase series. This is primarily a reading camp or book club that focuses on this novel, but many aspects of Viking life will be examined including the Gods and Goddesses. We will spend time in class unpacking our reading through discussion and crafts that help connect the stories in the novel to real myths in our world.
I am certified to teach English and Language Arts from 6th to 12 grade. I have a bachelors in English Education from Kennesaw State University and a Master's in English Education at the same university. I am beginning a doctorate program in Curriculum and Instruction at Georgia State University. Additionally, I am gifted certified and hold a micro-endorsement in dramatic writing. I am certified to teach this course and have taught this unit of study as part of a larger high school year long Mythology course at a public high school for three years. I have taught this portion of the course to students in this age range (freshmen to seniors). I have taught Mythology classes on Outschool for nearly a year - all with 5-star reviews.
Students will be expected to read the entire book during this 4 week course, or as much as they would like to be able to discuss during class time that meets once per week. Some learners might need to get a "head start" on the reading before the class, and some would be fine to read the book between the weeks. This is one of the best selling books in the world, so most learners who begin reading this book report that it is nearly impossible to put down.
It is a requirement of the class for learners to have a copy of Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer that they can read or listen to in order to participate in the class. We will be reading this book *outside* of class time so learners will need to come to class having read the assigned reading prior to class in order to participate in the discussions! If someone has read the entire book already, they would still want a copy of the book to refer back to during class. Also, it is requested that students not spoil future portions of the novel that are further in the reading than the class is planning to cover during our meeting. 
Having fun is a great assessment of learning!
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-sword-of-summer-magnus-chase-and-the-gods-of-asgard-book-1) states the following: "Parents need to know that The Sword of Summer is the first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series from Rick Riordan, the author of the ultra popular Percy Jackson series. While Percy Jackson lived half in the world of the Greek gods, Magnus Chase follows Norse mythology. Many readers know Thor but may need the glossary in the back to keep up with the worlds Magnus visits and the creatures and gods he meets. Like Percy in his series, Magnus in this one must stop the end of the world (Ragnarok in Norse myth). There’s a nasty wolf involved (related to the one who killed his mother two years earlier), some drunken giants who die with swords up their noses, and some fighting that ends in a few mourned deaths. Oh, and Magnus dies at the beginning, too, falling off a bridge. Luckily for him, he’s scooped up by the Valkyrie Sam (a hijab-wearing American Muslim) and brought to the warrior paradise, Valhalla, where the adventure continues. Riordan sticks to his signature humor in the face of dire circumstances, so nothing gets too dark. He can't resist riffing on the name for the Norse underworld, Helheim, and the goddess Hel. One chapter is called "What the Hel." An audiobook version is narrated by Christopher Guetig."

We will also discuss polytheistic Vikings, their culture, and elements of daily life such as magic spells and everything necessary to make this class as engaging as possible for 9-13 year old learners :D
It is a requirement of the class for learners to have a copy of Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer that they can read or listen to in order to participate in the class. We will be reading this book *outside* of class time so learners will need to come to class having read the assigned reading prior to class in order to participate in the discussions! If someone has read the entire book already, they would still want a copy of the book to refer back to during class. Also, it is requested that students not spoil future portions of the novel that are further in the reading than the class is planning to cover during our meeting. 

Teacher

Mr. RhoadesGeek Out: Mythology, Gaming, Writing, Exotic Pets, Juggling, Social Justice and MORE!
21 total reviews
29 completed classes

About Me

I'm a current high school English teacher who LOVES working with kids. I'm radically pro-kid first, and helping young-people to explore their passions and find new interests! I have taught Mythology for two years as an English elective; I have 6... 
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