Mystery at Jefferson's Home (Book 8)

This is a four-session class that will include reading a chapter book and practicing reading comprehension skills.
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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Class Experience

The students will practice:
Reading with expression (if they choose) 
Comprehending story events
Discussing the story (plot, prediction, etc.)
Connecting the events that show how the story's mystery was solved
Making inferences based on the story knowledge
I have tutored reading and reading comprehension as an English as a Second Language teacher for three years. I have also tutored elementary reading for a year. I have a master’s in geography and more than ten years of experience teaching children. I have been teaching this class with Steven Smith's books for a few months now. We are on the seventh book and loving them so far. 
The students will be responsible for completing a portion of the book for homework. Each week, we will be responsible to read 40-50 pages. Whatever, we do not complete in class will be left for the student to complete for homework. For example, if we read 20 pages in class, the student will need to complete the remaining section at home before the next class. I will assign pages to complete at the end of each class.
"Escape from Monticello" by Steven K Smith
There is no formal assessment, but we will practice reading comprehension skills throughout the class. The final quiz game will also test the learner's knowledge of the book. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This is a fiction story, but the author does a great job of adding bits of U.S. history to educate the reader. This book discusses a trip to Monticello, The University of Virginia, and Poplar Forest to solve a mystery and expose a bad character that has reappeared from book two. The kids often get into scraps that include having guns pointed at them (as in book two), etc.. the main characters are never permanently injured and always are safe in the end. As with the other books, there are slightly scary scenes and other "close call" situations. Overall, it is a fun book with lots of action and adventure. It has moments of great climax, but is also educational and always ends well. 

In my class, I always ask what the learners think of the story and keep an eye on their well-being during class. I also endeavor to address any bad behavior or attitude portrayed in the book and discuss alternative and positive reactions. I always suggest that parents take a look at the book and ensure that their child would enjoy it before reading the book in class.

Though this book includes historic events, we do not focus on the history. We focus on the mystery in the book. If the book’s content is inaccurate or negligent in accounting for all sides or peoples in history, I will address it to present accurate balanced information. Everyone in my class will feel welcome. Our focus will be on reading and reading comprehension. 
"Escape from Monticello" by Steven K Smith. The author has graciously given us permission to read his book in class.
Read with permission from Steven K Smith.


Elizabeth DavisMaptastic!
85 total reviews
104 completed classes

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My name is Teacher Liz and I love teaching! I especially love teaching about and with maps! Did you know that you can map almost anything? As long as there is a location, any item or idea can be mapped. Maps are used in many different areas of... 
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