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Middle School Socratic Book Discussion - Where the Red Fern Grows (One Time)

A weekly Socratic seminar discussing middle-school level novels in a lively and engaging "round-table" format.
Melissa L. - Registered IEW Instructor
279 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

*Develop a deeper understanding of what is being read, why it was written, and the importance (if any) that the novel holds on past or modern society.
*Apply problem-solving skills to hidden ideas, metaphors, and analogies as we read between the lines.
*Implement critical-thinking skills to answer Socratic questions and create your own questions based on reading.
I LOVE reading! So much so, that I went to school for a degree in English, am certified in TEFL and TESOL, and have made a career out of it. But putting all that aside, I am a homeschool mom to two who has spent years teaching my own children to love and enjoy reading. I truly hope to encourage many more students to enjoy the written word and have found that a Socratic seminar has been the best way to achieve this goal.
If I'm not teaching, you can always find me nearby with my nose stuck in a book. 
Books should be completed before class to avoid spoilers and to be able to fully participate in the discussion.
You will need a copy of the book to read before class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Students will be reading outside of class and should have the book completed before we meet.

Your child is welcome to join any class and is not required to join all classes.

Please note that some of the books listed may have sensitive content for younger students. The class is set up as middle-school level, however, if you have any concerns regarding the nature and content of any of the books listed please visit Common Sense Media ( for detailed information regarding age-appropriateness and maturity.


Melissa L. - Registered IEW Instructor
Lives in the United States
Enthusiastic Bibliophile, Teacher, and Lifelong Learner
279 total reviews
103 completed classes

About Me


My name is Melissa. I am an IEW Registered Instructor, a certified TESOL/TEFL/EYL teacher, professional writer, beta reader, proofreader, editor, and homeschool mom. I have a love for the English language (I have a BA in English to prove... 
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