Second Saturday Teen Book Club: University Reading List 2021 (College Prep)

What are college freshmen reading? Let's check out books from UC Berkeley's 2021 summer list. Each month we'll discuss a new book, write an essay outline and play a trivia game. This is perfect for teens looking for a summer challenge.
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Students will deepen their understanding of the academic life of a college student by reading  books that incoming freshmen are encouraged to read prior to starting university. In addition, students will enhance their speaking and writing skills  by discussing popular books as well as social issues (current affairs) . Students will feel more confident in giving opinions on a book in a discussion group.
I have taught various styles of books as a college professor at universities in Ecuador, Costa Rica and South Korea. I have a BA in Sociology from UCLA in Los Angeles. Also, I have a Master of Professional Writing, Nonfiction (similar to a MFA) from USC in Los Angeles. As a  graduate student, I studied various literary genres, including fiction, and focused on creative nonfiction, where I used elements of fiction writing to enhance my nonfiction writing. Throughout the years, I have participated in numerous book clubs, where books are discussed and analyzed. Presently, I participate in a monthly book club.
1.) For each week, students can choose to use the Freshman Summer Book Report form as they read the book to help them think more critically about the text.
2.) If students want, they may complete the standard 5-paragraph essay that is directly related to the essay outline that we will create in class. 
3.)  If students want, they may submit their essay within 48 hours of the class, I will read the essay and give detailed-feedback on it. I am known for indicating specific weak points and giving suggestions on how to create stronger points.**
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1. The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio 2. : The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri 3. Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar 4. The Flick by Annie Baker 5. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
1.) Book Selection
**Parents are advised to look at book reviews and book description for each book to ensure parents approve of the topics. The books were selected by UC Berkeley, a prestigious public university in California, USA. As a participant in a college prep class, these books will help teens understand the level of reading and the variety of social topics that incoming freshmen at a top-ranked university are expected to comprehend. However, each parent is responsible for making the decision if they agree or disagree with the appropriateness for teen readers as seen fit by UC Berkeley.

2.) Writing Workshop
Students are not expected to write a full five-paragraph essay during the 45-minute writing workshop. What is expected is that, as a class, students will write a detailed essay outline using an essay outline template created by Teacher MoMo. Each template will reflect the specific type of essay being covered in the session. Students should know how to write a standard five-paragraph essay and should have written standard essays in the past as Teacher MoMo will not review the basic concept of a standard five-paragraph essay. If the class session finishes early, students may begin to write the actual essay during the allotted class time.


Teacher MoMo , MFA
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About Me

**Happy New Year! I'm officially on my one year teaching break. I will not teach live classes Jan 2022-Jan 2023. Catch me teaching art and English writing on YouTube -- Teacher MoMo ***I am passionate about teaching appreciation of our world's... 
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