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Neurodiversity Book Club (December) — "The Giver"

Class
Heather Cook
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(114)
A book group for tweens and teens who are Autistic, ADHDers, dyslexic, Tourettes, OCD, Downs, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and our allies. This is for the book "The Giver."

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Learners will experience acceptance of their own unique neurotype and personality, and have the opportunity, through reading and discussion, to see the world through another's experience.

This discussion may provoke some difficult questions around students' own feelings of inclusion and exclusion, however it is not intended as mental health counseling therapy for anyone. While this is a safe space to bring up questions and anxieties, we will not be delving into personal experiences or attempt to treat or provide therapy in any way.
I am neurodivergent myself, having four decades of life experience being Autistic, and I am an autism coach, helping Autistic and other neurodivergent kids and their families find and remove the hidden barriers to success and then build positive life experiences. I am also a certified teacher with several years of experience teaching middle and high school.

I also am a graduate of the Great Books Program at St. John's College, a school where every single class, in every single subject, is taught in small group, socratic seminar discussion style, so I have extensive experience leading and participating in small group discussions on difficult, unfamiliar, and sometimes uncomfortable topics. As a high school teacher, I led my students in socratic seminar discussion regularly on a wide variety of books and topics.
Homework Offered
Please read the entire book before the class meets. Learners may read via a paper book, e-book, listen to an audiobook, or have someone read it to them—all learning styles are welcome.
Assessments Offered
Students are invited to participate in our small group discussion to whatever extent, and in whatever way, they feel comfortable. No formal assessment is given to provide a low-pressure opportunity to engage with literature and peers.
Grades Offered
Book Title: The Giver 
Author: Lois Lowry 
ISBN: 9780606359788
Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/9847/9780606359788
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Pfd0AH
Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Giver-Audiobook/B002UUQUB6

Publisher's description of "The Giver," by Lois Lowry:

Soon to be a major motion picture, "The Giver, " the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to "The Giver, "including "Gathering Blue, Messenger, " and "Son."
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(114)
Profile
Hi. I’m Heather. I'm a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), licensed teacher, and I’m Autistic. And I’m building a life I truly love. It wasn’t always that way. Well, I was always Autistic. But the life I love part, that’s had its ups and downs.... 
Group Class

$16

per class
Meets once
60 min

Completed by 15 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
4-8 learners per class

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