Middle School Book to Movie Club: Ages 12 - 14

Kiera Astrid, M.L.I.S, M.F.A
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(90)
Learners discuss one novel for the first three weeks of the month, then compare it to the movie in the 4th week. February: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro March: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
As an educator, I bring 15+ years of experience working with stories and storytellers as an editor, writer, educator, and librarian. 
I have a bachelor of arts in English & Writing and graduate degrees in Creative Writing (MFA) and Library & Information Science (MLIS) from the University of British Columbia in Canada. 

I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years while finishing my MLIS degree and homeschooled my son from first to sixth grade minus one year (5th grade) while we lived in a new state. Today, he thrives academically and socially in a more traditional school setting.  

In addition to Outschool, I teach as an adjunct professor for a university and freelance as an editor and content writer. I've authored three children's nonfiction history books for an established series (FlashPoints). Other publications include arts journalism (such as artist interviews, profiles, and theater and book reviews), humor, personal essay, architectural criticism, short memoir, handbooks/guides, and a handful of short stories. 
Homework Offered
Reading expectation about 70 - 100 pages per week
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
All book selections are deemed appropriate by Common Sense Media for ages 13+. Books may or may not include more mature subject matter and scenarios, such as serious illness (The Fault in our Stars by John Green), sexual attraction, alcohol use, violence (The Hunger Games), graphic language (Persepolis), and explicit racism (Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry).  

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(90)
I believe in the power of Story. 

Stories are magical teachers. They open our minds and hearts. They remind us of our similarities and introduce us to our differences. They comfort us when our abilities or identities have been misunderstood. They... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 13-14
2-10 learners per class

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