Novels In Verse Part II

Upper elementary and middle grade students are invited to join a book club that examines the novel in verse. Students will read one book a week. Focus will include poetry features. Join one class, or join each week!
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55 minutes

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Once per week

every week


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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will develop mastery of structure, tone, and poetic features.
Students will explore their growing writing skills by writing their own poetry inspired from the novels in verse they read.
I'm a credentialed educator with a bachelors in literature, a masters in literature, and a second masters in Information Resource and Library Science. I've taught in literature, reading, writing, and critical thinking in public education for eight years, and then internationally in private schools for eighteen years. That international experience has lead me to learn from various cultures and languages such as Spanish in the Dominican Republic, Arabic in Egypt, Turkish in Turkey, Bangla in Bangladesh, and Wollof and French in Senegal. The last four years I've been working as a librarian with an emphasis on research skills and evaluation of resources. 
As some of the works listed in this course address the experiences of various cultures, I bring a wealth of decolonizing methodologies to the conversation with such influences as Gloria Anzaldua, Boris Boubacar Diop, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, and Linda Tuhiwai Smith, to name a a few. 
Weeks 1-13: Students will read one novel in verse a week, spending  between 3-5 hours per week for each novel in verse. 
For the first meeting, students must already have completed the novel in verse in order to successfully participate in the book conversation.

Students are invited to create their own poetry, but it is not an obligation. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
It is up to the parent to monitor a child's reading. The titles taught in this course are for upper elementary and middle grade readers, but coming of age works tend to discuss growing affection amongst boys and girls, or the ways in which one's body changes. If these topics don't align with your values, it is the responsibility of the parent to vet the works before hand. Outschool highly recommends commonsensemedia.org to guide parents when considering what is appropriate for your child.

Themes addressed in this course:
Other Words for Home - deal with immigration and refugee status.
Red, White, And Whole - deals with the generation and culture gap between Indian parents and their Indian-American daughter.
Planet Middle School - deals with a young girl embracing her athleticism when those around her want to conform to feminine ideals.
The Canyon's Edge - deals with losing a parent, overcoming grief, and survival in rough terrain on her own.
The Red Pencil - deals with a young girl's desire for an education, war in her community, and triumph over adversity in a refugee camp.
Garvey's Choice - deals with a young boy who feels he has to gain his father's love because he does not fit in with the other boys.
Beyond Me - deals with a Japanese girl who survives the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami, and finds hidden wells of strength to help those around her. 
All the Broken Pieces - deals with survivor's guilt after war. He's alive and his parents are not. Adoption themes as well.
Dust of Eden - deals with surviving the Japanese concentration camps in the U.S. during WWII.
They Call Me Güero - deals with a young boy growing up on the U.S. Mexico Border, being multicultural and multilingual.
The Dreamer - the biographical story of Pablo Neruda, and how he had to triumph over adversity to grow into a poet.
Full Cicada Moon - deals with biracial protagonist struggling to fit in, and her love for science.
Starfish - deal with an obese character who has to learn to stand up to bullies.

The thematic conversations allow students to discuss these challenging topics, ask questions, and with discourse amongst peers discover how to see themselves reflected in the other.
Each novel in verse is listed, so students must come to each class with the work already read. If students prefer print copy or digital copy, both are suitable for these weekly seminars. 


Stephanie C. Credentialed Educator, Masters in Lit
Lives in the United States
Literature Will Open Your World
7 completed classes

About Me

I have taught in public and private high schools for 26 years, the last three of which I served as the k-12 librarian. I'm a credentialed educator with a Bachelor's in literature, a master's in Literature, and a second masters in Information... 
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