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English

Middle School Literature-Books to Make You Think and Engage: Section 2

Reading is much more than just the written words on the pages. Students will be fully immersed discussing and questioning what they are reading.
Beth B., LMSW
52 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 2 learners
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Class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
11-15
year olds
3-8
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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As someone who is passionate about reading, and has also worked as a substitute in the school system for the last few years I feel certain books are not part of the curriculum, but important for young minds. This class will introduce students to four books that I feel  are an important part of a student's education. 
As mentioned I am an LMSW (Licensed Master's of Social Worker). I received my MSW (Master's of Social Work) from Columbia University's School of Social Work. I am licensed in the state of New York as an LMSW as I have passed the exam and keep up with my continuing education credits. I also was an English major with a concentration in American Literature and Creative Writing from Mount Holyoke College which is one of the top Liberal Arts colleges in the United States. I have also worked for the past few years as a substitute teacher with ages ranging from pre school through high school. I truly believe that reading a variety of books is the best way to expand one's mind. I read on a regular basis. I am also currently working on a novel that I hope will be published by the end of 2021. 
Students are expected to read the books on their own. How long this takes them depends on how fast they read. I will also be supplying questions prior to class that we will discuss in class. The major focus of this class is discussion so reading what we will be discussing is important. 
If a student is interested in graded assignments I will assign a paper for each book. However this is optional. 
Students will need a copy of each book. I realize that student's retain information in different ways so I am not requiring a certain format-it can be a hard copy of a book, kindle, or audio. Personally I do almost all pleasure reading on a kindle. However I find when teaching a class I prefer a hard copy so I can make notes as I go-but that is what works best for me. I encourage each student to do what works best for them. Other than that a notebook and pen/paper if they want to jot down notes.
This is optional. I can assign a paper to students who want them, and give a grade. Also if a parent would like I am happy to give a written assessment at the end of the class. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Please review what each book is about. Some topics that are addressed in these 4 books are:
-Racism
-Prejudice
-Divided Communities
-Empathy
-Isolation

As someone who is an LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Worker) I will be sensitive to how we discuss these issues. 

Teacher

Beth B., LMSW
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Life Learning with Beth B.
52 total reviews
62 completed classes

About Me

I am so excited about the classes I will be teaching!

I am excited to be in a setting where I can get children engaged in different areas of learning: reading, writing, study skills and travel!
When it comes to reading and engaging with books my... 
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