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Mastering the Five Paragraph Essay: Middle School Writing Pt. I

Poetry Book Club - 13 Weeks & 13 Novels in Verse

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 for thirteen weeks. Join one class, or join all thirteen!

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. The last four years I've been working as a librarian with an emphasis on research skills and evaluation of resources. 
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. 
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Forest World by Magarita Engle
Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Moo by Sharon Creech
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
Hidden by Helen Frost
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
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. These are middle grade novels, 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. 
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. 

Meet the teacher

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... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
3-12 learners per class

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