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Powerful Stories Book Club #1 - Flora & Ulysses (Newberry Award Winner)

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Alaina Bell Gao
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(397)
Deepen your critical thinking and close reading skills over six weeks, as you discuss genres, characterization, conflicts, themes, and symbolism in Kate DiCamillo's fun, funny, and deep novel, and compare it with the movie.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
My classes are largely focused on higher thinking skills. By engaging with the novel actively, the students will focus on characterization, plot structure, conflict, and themes, as they make connections between the novel and their lives. They will develop critical thinking skills and presentation skills.

Ontario (Canadian) Curriculum:

1.4 demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by summarizing important ideas and citing supporting details

1.5 make inferences about texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts as evidence

1.6 extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them

1.7 analyse texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute to meaning (e.g., narrative: characters, setting, main
idea, problem/challenge and resolution, plot development

1.8 express opinions about the ideas and information in texts and cite evidence from the text to support their opinions

2.3 communicate in a clear, coherent manner, presenting ideas, opinions, and information in a readily understandable form

2.4 identify various elements of style – including alliteration, descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and sentences of different types, lengths, and structures – and explain how they help communicate meaning (e.g., alliteration and rhythm can emphasize ideas or help convey a mood or sensory impression)

American Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.A
Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.B
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.C
Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1.D
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.4
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Homework Offered
Prior to each class, each student MUST read that week's chapters. There will also be some written homework each week. Week 1: Prologue + Chapters 1 to 10 (Genres, characterization, conflict, allusion, the theme of identity) Week 2: Chapters 11 to 21 (Themes: Hope, love, friendship, loneliness, life, trauma, fate, choices, language) Week 3: Chapters 22 to 36 (Characterization, conflicts, and the themes of language, art, change, injustice, life, choices, hope, love) Week 4: Chapters 37 to 53 (Themes: Loneliness, life, challenges, injustice, family, divorce, separation, loss, emotions, choices) Week 5: Chapters 54 to 68 + Epilogue (Themes: Emotions, belonging, hope, friendship, trust, choices, mistakes, truth, versions)
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
All learners must have access to a copy of Flora & Ulysses (the book) and the movie (available on Disney+).
Several of the characters are struggling in this novel because of family problems and divorce. The mother also makes some poor choices, but the novel is lighthearted and humorous.

Meet the teacher

Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(397)
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Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an experienced Canadian English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience. As a dedicated, creative, gentle, and patient neurodivergent teacher, many neurodiverse learners thrive in my... 
Group Class

$108

for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(3)
Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 9-13
3-9 learners per class

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