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Science Fiction for Middle Grade (12-Week Book Club!)

45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

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Wed, Jan 4, 2023

Jan 4 – Mar 22, 2023 (12 weeks)
9:30 – 10:15 AM

Thu, Jan 5, 2023

Jan 5 – Mar 23, 2023 (12 weeks)
12:30 – 1:15 PM

Fri, Jan 6, 2023

Jan 6 – Mar 24, 2023 (12 weeks)
6:00 – 6:45 AM
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Class Experience

Students will explore their own lives as middle schoolers and society in the unique way that only science fiction can offer: through looking at what it means to be an individual and what it means to live in community with others.

Students will develop their communication and collaboration skills through Socratic seminar-style discussions, practice inference and interpretation, build their vocabularies, expand their critical thinking and analytical skills, show reading comprehension, and stretch their creativity. And of course, have a ton of fun!
I taught middle school language arts for six years, both to 6th and 7th grade gifted students. In each grade, we covered a wide variety of literature throughout the school year (plays, novels, poetry, short stories). In both grades, we spent several months on sci-fi and dystopia specifically. I also work as a bookseller, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and middle grade, including running local, middle grade summer bookclubs.
Each week, students will be expected to independently (or with family and friends at home!) read about 12p. per day. This should take around 20-30 minutes depending on the reader. All quizzes, writing, and discussions will take place during our online meetings. 
Books you will need: The Giver by Lois Lowry ($9.29 on, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ($13.94 on, and ($8.36 on The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. They can be physical copies, library books, ebooks, or audiobooks! Students should have some simple crafting materials available (paper, pencils, colored pencils and/or markers).
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be informally assessed through Kahoot! quizzes, writing responses, and other activities designed to develop and show comprehension of new content. Students will receive a short, written report on Google Classroom at the end of each novel study (therefore the end of each month) commenting on participation, comprehension, and creativity. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
To know before joining: The Giver has one sad scene related to the dystopian environment that might upset more sensitive readers. The Hunger Games also has some intense scenes and some violent scenes relating to the dystopian environment.

Students will need a gmail account to login to our Google Classroom and access other Google Suite activities. 

Note: Google Classroom will not be used outside live class hours per the LMS policy.
Books you will need: The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. They can be physical copies, ebooks, or audiobooks! 

We will also use tools from the Google Suite (Classroom, Docs, Forms, Slides, etc), and Kahoot! quizzes.


About Me

Hello! My name is Ms. Laura, and I have been teaching language arts for five years and harp for 15. I believe that some of the most important things we can learn in life are how to be ourselves, how to treat others with kindness and respect, and... 
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