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Hundred-Word Horror Stories
Stephen King's Fairy Tale: A Novel Study
In this 8 week novel study, students will read and study Stephen King's latest fantasy novel.
There are no upcoming classes.
year old learners
learners per class
$14 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 9 weeks
55 minutes per class
US Grade 8 - 11
Stephen King is one of the most talented authors of our time. Many of his books are of the horror genre, and might be considered too scary for kids. I have been reading King since aged nine, and have developed a passion for his style of writing. His latest book, Fairy Tale, is not horror; it is a modern day fantasy story. The main character, Charlie, is a high school student who embarks on an archetypal hero's journey, where he must leave his world behind in order to save his dog, Radar. The...
Students will learn literary elements such as allusion, symbolism, tone, foreshadowing, etc students will discuss how the author's use of those elements contributes to the story students will write a literary analysis students will delve deeply into discussions of literature
I have over twenty years of experience teaching rhetoric writing, reading, language arts, and critical thinking skills. I am familiar with the material, and have the experience to foster meaningful learning. I have taught English and Language Arts for many years at the high school level. My experience includes teaching history as well as social studies, as these topics often go hand in hand with literature, writing, and humanities. I have a degree in English Teaching, and I enjoy teaching students how to explore historical events through written material. As an English teacher, I have taught students to read and critically analyze differentiating opinions about fictional works and non-fictional topics and arrive at a substantiated belief. In addition, I have taught in a team taught, multidisciplinary Language Arts/History class at the secondary school level. In addition, I am a lifelong Stephen King fan. I have been to the Stephen King convention in Bangor. I was the editor and moderator of the Halloween Story, an online project published on the former Stephen King Message Board. I have studied this author and his works in depth. I am very familiar with his life, writing style, and works.
This class will require about four chapters of reading per week. Everyone reads at a different pace. Listening to the audio version is fine. I also require the students tow write one essay. This project will be introduced at week five, and it will be a four-five paragraph essay.
Students will need to purchase or borrow a copy of Stephen King's Fairy Tale. It is available in bookstores and libraries, and for e-readers like Nook and Kindle. Students are more than welcome to listen to the Audible version in lieu of reading it.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Although this isn't a typical Stephen King book of the horror genre, I will caution learners and parents regarding the content of the book. There is nothing very scary or graphic, but there are a few references, descriptions, or words that may not be appropriate for all learners. There are a few swear words smattered throughout. We won't be reading them out loud in class, but they appear in the book. There are a few descriptions of monsters from the fairy tale land that may have eaten people, but it is done in a very "fairy tale" way. It is more alluded to than described. There is a description of the main characters mother being involved in a car accident at the beginning of the story. The main character's father is a recovering alcoholic, so alcoholism is mentioned and discussed. I will foster positive and safe discussions in class. Nothing in the book is controversial or divisive. I will set parameters around discussions so that everyone feels heard and comfortable.
Meet the teacher
Hi! I have been teaching English, Language Arts, Grammar, Writing, History, and ESOL for twenty years. I love connecting with my students and tailoring my teaching to their specific needs and wants. My students are challenged! I promise to assess...