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Spar Lit Jr. Boot Camp 3: Understanding Books Through Debate--The Westing Game

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In this 2-week multi-day class (exact same content as my own 8-week Spar Lit Jr 3: Understanding Literature Through Debate-The Westing Game) we will explore the Newbery Award-winning The Westing Game through discussion and Spar debate. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
8 lessons//2 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
The History of the Mystery and Why Do People Love them?
Discussion of why people of all ages love mysteries, what makes for a great mystery and background on The Westing Game leading to Spar Debate on: Mysteries are thrilling because we love trying to solve the clues that we find and stretch our brains! Position 1: Agree! Mysteries are thrilling because we love trying to solve the clues that we find and stretch our brains! Position 2: Mysteries are thrilling because we love learning about the characters and the place that the mystery is taking pla
Lesson 2
Discussion chapters 1-5
Discussion of chapters 1-5 leading to Spar Debate on: Spar Statement: First impressions give us a good sense of the people we are encountering. Position 1: Yes, first impressions give us a good sense of the people we are encountering so we can understand them better. Position 2: First impressions are deceiving.
Lesson 3
Discussion chapters 6-10
Discussion of chapters 6-10 leading to Spar Debate on: Spar Question: What is the best way to get attention when you feeling ignored? Position 1: When one is feeling ignored the best way to gain attention is to do something outrageous so people notice you. Position 2: When one is feeling ignored the best way to gain attention is to try to talk to people to listen and to make conversation so they get to know you.
Lesson 4
Discussion chapters 11-15
Discussion of chapters 11-15 leading to Spar Debate sparked by Turtle Wexler goes by her nickname but when asked by Flora what her real name is she says “Alice”, not her actual name of Tabitha-Ruth. Statement: We are who we are. Position 1: Our personalities are shaped from birth and who we are as people — funny, generous, kind, creative — is just who we are for always. Position 2: We can change ourselves at any point in our lives to be whoever we want to be and do whatever we to do.
 Week 2
Lesson 5
Discussion chapters 16-20
Discussion of chapters 16-20 leading to Spar Debate sparked by "From the way that Flora helps Turtle with her braid Turtle knows that she loves her." Spar Statement: Love is best expressed in the actions that we show each other. Position 1: Love is best expressed in the actions that we show each other. Position 2: Love is best expressed in what we say to each other.
Lesson 6
Discussion chapters 21-25
Discussion of chapters 21-25 leading to Spar Debate sparked by “You’re awfully hard on yourself, Judge. And on him.” Spar Statement: It’s important to be demanding of ourselves to be successful. Position 1: yes, we have to be very demanding of ourselves to be successful Position 2: No, we need to be generous and kind to ourselves and still will be successful.
Lesson 7
Discussion chapters 26 to END
Discussion of chapters 26-END leading to Impromptu speeches sparked by: Sam Westing comes back to find his heir. Is that the only reason he came back? Question: What ideas, emotions, thoughts, feelings do we pass along to those we love best?
Lesson 8
GAMES AND PUZZLES CLASS!
Games, quizzes, impromptu responses created especially for this class both to highlight the big ideas from this book and expand on oral communication.
Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

*To gain confidence in speaking and organization 
*Understand all the basic ideas of debate and rhetoric
*Gain deeper understanding of literature through debate
* To communicate effectively through speaking, thinking adroitly and responding fluently
* Improve memory retention and organizational skills
* Gain confidence and poise in oral presentation
* Expand vocabulary and word usage
*To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of literature
Longtime teacher of literature for both middle and high school students. Founder and former coach of an award-winning Speech and Debate team that competed at local, state and national levels, long-time speech judge for local, regional, national speech events for NCFL and National Speech and Debate Association, former teacher of high school debate and rhetoric, art history, literature, and AP Language and Composition.
Homework Offered
Students will be required to read the short chapters prior to each session. There are specially-created OPTIONAL assignments that are sent to learners after every session. If a learner choose to complete the optional assignments they will receive a complete and detailed written response prior to the next session.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
I will communicate with both learners and parents throughout the class via Outschool email. Both learners and parents are encouraged to email me at any time with questions/issues for an immediate response.
Grades Offered
Pencil and paper always!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The Westing Game, an exceptionally funny, puzzle-mystery book, has a mystery bomber as part of the storyline. As presented in the story, the bombs planted are meant to gain attention rather than create harm. A key character dies of old age at the end of the book. The Westing Game is a Newbery Honor Book for 1979, chosen as the best children's book of the year by The American Library Association and celebrated as the ranked number one among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal in 2012.  The reading age for the book is 8 to 13. Please  contact me directly if there are further questions or concerns. 
The Westing Game is available through Amazon or at your local library. https://www.amazon.com/Westing-Game-Puffin-Modern-Classics/dp/014240120X
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Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Proud ACE Educator and INDEPENDENT TEACHER
*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
* All classes taught, written, and created by me for my learners
*Each session a full 55 minutes of... 
Group Class

$225

for 8 classes
4x per week, 2 weeks
55 min

Completed by 11 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
2-6 learners per class

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