Read Smart: Upper Elementary Book Club

Jackson Pearce Classes: Make My Kid Love Writing
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,739)
Each month, we'll read and discuss a different upper elementary novel! This book club blends pleasure reading and novel study-- we'll discuss what we love (or hate!) about the book, as well as theme, symbolism, characters, and structure.

Class experience

US Grade 2 - 4
Jackson Pearce: I am the author of sixteen books for tweens and teens, including the ๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต'๐˜ด ๐˜Ž๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด series (Scholastic), the ๐˜Œ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ, ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ series (Bloomsbury), and the ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด series (Bloomsbury). My books are published in twenty-three languages around the world, and have won multiple state and national awards. I have taught creative writing classes across the country at schools, libraries, colleges, and camps, and have taught over 5000 students here on Outschool!

Tiffany Schmidt: 
I am the author of multiple books for teens, including the ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด series, ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ, and ๐˜'๐˜ฎ ๐˜‹๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ž๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด. In addition to spending seven years as a sixth grade teacher, Iโ€™ve taught kindergarten, preschool, and worked extensively with middle and high school writers as a tutor. I have a Masterโ€™s in Elementary Education and a B.A. in English, both from Lehigh University. 
Homework Offered
Please be aware of how quickly your student will be able to realistically read the chosen story.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
ย 5 files available upon enrollment
Students should acquire their own copy of the chosen book. Please note that they should have acquired and read 1/3 of the book BEFORE our first class.
While each book is widely considered appropriate for children under ten, please research the titles chosen to be certain it is a good choice for your learner.

Below are my general classroom rules and policies. These will also be explained to students when we begin class!
-For everyone's safety, and to ensure an engaging and social experience, students are required to have working microphones and video for the entirety of this class, positioned such that we can both hear and see them.
-Students are asked not to use filters or virtual backgrounds-- though if there is an important reason to use a virtual background, please just let me know ahead of time that your student will be using one (no questions asked!).
-Students will be asked to introduce themselves by sharing their name, pronoun, and a favorite book.
-The Zoom text chat is set to "host only", meaning students can chat with me, but not to one another or the entire classroom.

Previous books:
January: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya
February: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
March: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
April: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
May: The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane by Elena Paige
June: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Maas
July: The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn
August: Framed! by James Ponti
September: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
October: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
November: War Stories by Gordan Korman
December: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

January: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
February: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
March: The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
April: Holes by Louis Sachar
May: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
June: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
July: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
August: Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
September: Breakout by Kate Messner
October: Nightbooks by J.A. White
November: Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
December: The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

January: From The Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
February: The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
March: Valentina Salazar Is Not A Monster Hunter by Zoraida Cรณrdova
April: Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Gae Polisner
May: Voyage of the Dogs by Greg van Eekhout
June: The Troubled Girls of Dragonmir Academy by Anna Ursu
July: The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
August: Words on Fire by Jennifer Nielsen
September: The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
October: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
November: Hazel Hill Is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne
December: A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,739)
Hello! My name is Jackson Pearce, and I'm the owner of Make My Kid Love Writing-- an organization dedicated to inspiring kids to love writing, reading, and all things language arts.

After teaching on Outschool by myself for three years, I decided...ย 
Group Class


for 3 classes
1x per week, 3 weeks
45 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(86)
Completed by 232 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-11
4-10 learners per class

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