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Mystery in Virginia's Capital (Book 9)

This is a four-session class that will include reading a chapter book and practicing reading comprehension skills.
Elizabeth Davis
85 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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$10 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
55 minutes per class
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
The students will practice:
Reading with expression (if they choose) 
Comprehending story events
Discussing the story (plot, prediction, climax, 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 have completed the eighth book and are 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.
"Pictures at the Protest" 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 trips that the kids take around Richmond, Virginia. These trips help them to solve a mystery and expose bad characters. 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 are always 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. This book also addresses some of the atrocities during the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia. However, the focus is on the African American teenagers who fought for justice. Regarding the historic time period, we will only address the details in the book. As with other classes in this series, this class focuses on reading and reading comprehension. 

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 aspects of 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. 
"Pictures at the Protest" 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 Davis
Lives in the United States
85 total reviews
105 completed classes

About Me

My name is Elizabeth 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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