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Middle School Socratic Unit Study: The Secret Garden

A 3-week unit study and Socratic discussion on Francis Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden" for middle-school students.
Melissa L. - Registered IEW Instructor
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$14 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 3 weeks
45 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Week 1: Recognizing the events, situations, circumstances, and basic elements that shape the story.
Week 2: Becoming one with the characters. Why it’s important for the reader to walk in the character’s shoes.
Week 3: Creating a timeline of events and situations highlighting the important moments during the story.
The Secret Garden is a wonderful novel and a positive introduction to middle school-aged children who are ready to explore the deeper meaning behind the words in a book. But lecturing isn't the way to help a child strengthen their understanding and create enjoyment. That's why I teach using the Socratic method which allows me to guide the students to formulate their own thoughts and articulate them with a group of their peers.
As for me, I love classic literature and I especially enjoy working with students to help them develop their own love of reading. (So much so that I've made a career out of it!) While my English degree, TEFL, and TESOL certifications are important, I've learned more about creating a positive learning environment from my years as a homeschool mom and classical tutor.
Before we meet for each class, you will be given the chapters that need to be read. My suggestion is to read two (2) chapters per day for four (4) days and then one (1) chapter on the last day. 

During your reading, please make a list of questions you would want to ask in class. There is also an online assessment that will be posted with questions that you will need to answer before we meet online. These questions were created to get you focused on different aspects of the story while you read. Please make sure you take the time to answer each question. 

Reading the material and completing the assignment questions before class will be a great starting point to help you answer another student’s question.
*Book: The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett *Google Docs: Access to online questions/assessment If you are unable to purchase the book at this time, there is a free copy available for download through Project Gutenberg. Please use this link to access the files: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17396
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Depending on the reading speed of your child, and whether they are reading alone or with someone else, will determine how most of their outside class time will be spent. I tried to break down the reading into manageable chunks, but please let your child know that they do not have to stick to the outlined schedule. However, in order to have an engaging classroom conversation please complete the chapters listed out each week. 
Also, the questions that are posted before class was created with the intent to help your child read deeper and have a greater understanding of the subject matter. Many of the conversations that we will have during the live class will be based on these questions. In my experience, having the students already thinking about what they want to say helps build confidence and allows them to be more comfortable during the live classes.


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

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