Read Smart: Upper Elementary Book Club
Jackson Pearce Classes: Make My Kid Love Writing
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.
US Grade 2 - 4
📚 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝗻, 𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱-𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿! 📚 As a professional author, I love talking about books with students-- and I especially love urging them to dig deep and think about books beyond a simple "I liked it" or "I didn't like it". This class seeks to engage students in meaningful discussion about books while also touching on literary devices like symbolism, foreshadowing, tone, and voice. We will read...
Jackson Pearce: I am the author of sixteen books for tweens and teens, including the 𝘗𝘪𝘱 𝘉𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘵'𝘴 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 series (Scholastic), the 𝘌𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘦, 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘳 series (Bloomsbury), and the 𝘋𝘰𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 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 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 series, 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘔𝘦 𝘓𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘈 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩, and 𝘐'𝘮 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘞𝘺𝘢𝘵𝘵 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘴. In addition to spending seven years as a sixth grade teacher, I’ve taught kindergarten, preschool, and worked extensively with middle and high school writers as a tutor. I have a Master’s in Elementary Education and a B.A. in English, both from Lehigh University.
Homework OfferedPlease be aware of how quickly your student will be able to realistically read the chosen story.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
5 files available upon enrollmentStudents 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: 2021: 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 2022: 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 2023: 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 Córdova 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
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...
$60for 3 classes
1x per week, 3 weeks
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(86)
Completed by 232 learners
Live video meetings
4-10 learners per class