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Middle School Book Club | Novel Study | Close Reading

Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (1)
Completed by 1 learner
In this 6-week course, students will meet with the teacher to select and discuss contemporary novels through the lens of the Notice & Note Strategies for Close Reading
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Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
45 minutes per class
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn and understand the six notice & note signposts. They will use their knowledge of the signposts to better understand and explain narrative elements, such as theme, characterization, conflict or plot points. They will have a deeper understanding of the text, and will be able to use clear evidence to back up their thinking.
We will choose a novel(s) to read over the six weeks. I will provide a Notice & Note chart on the first day of class for learners to record any signposts that they notice as they read.
Students will need to obtain the novel we choose to read throughout the course. I will supply a Notice & Note reference document as well as a copy of the chart that students will be asked to fill out each week.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Progress will be assessed through verbal and written feedback. Learners will also be expected to look for the signposts between classes and record any they find on the chart provided. We will also do a Kahoot review.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
We will be using the following third party tools:
Google Drive--I will be presenting info, no account needed
Kahoot--I will be leading a review game, no account needed
I will be referring to Notice & Note Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers & Bob Probst throughout the course. 

Meet the teacher

Beth Orsini
Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (8)
Hi, I'm Beth! I have been teaching middle school ELA for over 15 years, and am certified for grades 5-12. Reading and writing are two of my greatest passions. I love books so much that I have even opened up my own pop-up bookshop! 

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