Neurodiversity Book Club (December) — "The Giver"
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."
US Grade 6 - 9
In "The Giver," Jonas lives in a community in which "sameness" is valued above all else. They are trained to be the same from infancy, and any deviations are promptly corrected. Then, when Jonas receives his life assignment, he is singled out by the community to be different. And he begins to figure out why. Why join me for this book? 1. It's a stirring image of what could happen if the world takes being normal to an extreme, without cruelty, but also without pity. And what we would need to...
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 OfferedPlease 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 OfferedStudents 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.
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."
Meet the teacher
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....
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Completed by 14 learners
Live video meetings
4-8 learners per class
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