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Ms. Kirbie's Cozy Corner Book Club: Realistic Fiction

In this on-going class students will indulge in the most interesting realistic fiction books for kids and discuss them with peers. Bring your favorite drink and join the club!
Ms. Kirbie Gibbens
12 total reviews for this teacher
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45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will improve their reading comprehension skills, discover new reading strategies and techniques, and broaden their reading pallet. In this class student will be able to create questions, form an opinion with evidence to support, and practice comprehension and text feature skills. 
I have teaching experience in a middle school reading position where I would hold novel studies on different books. I know the importance of keeping opinions on high risk topics out of the conversation. These sensitive and high-risk topics should be explained with facts and no bias. Students should be informed of the topics when they are brought up in class but the conversation should never lead to  conversations of opinions between students during class. 
Students will need to read the book prior to coming to class, have a rating and review of the book, their favorite quote from the book, and any questions they may have. All of this could simply be put on a sticky note to use when discussing in class. 
The only supplies need is to book of the week and something to write on or with.(stick notes, scrap paper, notebook, act.)
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Learners will be assessed through classroom observation. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
There will be times where characters in these books will run into racism, prejudice, and mild violence. When handling these situations, I explain the situation, why characters are portraying these negative thoughts or actions, note that these are not desired behaviors for people, and explain why the author has used them in the book. I do not go any farther in my opinions or allow others to voice their opinion or thoughts about the situation. I do this to have control of the conversation since these are such sensitive topics. 

Readers will also be using Kahoot for comprehension quizzes. Students will not need an account to participate in the game. 
Books needed for this ongoing class are: 
Restart by Gordon Korman
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Hidden by Miriam Halahmy
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Crossing by Gary Paulson
Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine
Heat by Mike Lupica
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Squirm by Carl Hiaasen
Readers will also be using Kahoot during comprehension quizzes. This site will not require an account to participate.


Ms. Kirbie Gibbens
Lives in the United States
Social Studies, Writing, and Reading Teacher
12 total reviews
72 completed classes

About Me

Hey! I'm Mrs. Kirbie! I am so excited to share my love for reading and history. I am currently a high school social studies teacher but have also taught middle school. I am an experienced English, Reading, and Social Studies teacher for both... 
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