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Stretch Your Reading Muscles: Easy Chapter Books

In this five-week course, learners will read two diverse/multicultural 3rd-4th grade level chapter books and enjoy discussions about the books, characters, and connections to the world and their own lives.
Karen Welo
139 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Class Experience

Students will gain reading fluency and improve their reading comprehension, specifically in understanding text structure, using active reading strategies such as asking questions and making predictions, analyzing elements of fiction such as character and plot, and making text-to-text and text-to-self connections.
Students will learn about the importance of community and family history in the human experience and independently research their own family/community history.
In my undergrad and post-grad education, I've studied cultural and linguistic anthropology.  This has given me a good foundation in respect for all cultures and the dynamics of multicultural societies.  I also lived in a non-Western, developing nation for 7 years, further increasing my sensitivity to intercultural and multicultural issues.  As a teacher, I've had the privilege of teaching students from a variety of diverse backgrounds, and experiencing their interest in both books that feature characters like themselves, and that open their eyes to the humanity of characters unlike themselves.  I have done extensive reading and belong to several online discussion groups in order to keep current with best practices for presenting diverse books to children.
Learners will complete a substantial amount of reading outside of class each week, approximately 40-50 pages per week.  There will also be an assignment to interview an older relative or community member about memories of family or community history.  Learners will orally present what they learn from this interview.
Students will need copies of the two books we will be reading for class:
The Buried Bones Mystery, by Sharon M. Draper
The Year of the Dog, by Grace Lin
Both books are available in both physical and electronic form through online retailers such as Amazon.  You could also check with your library.
There will be ongoing informal assessment and a written assessment may be provided upon request.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Characters in the books we read may encounter age-appropriate negative experiences, such as being in trouble with parents or enduring teasing or bullying.
The books we will read intentionally feature diverse characters.  In The Buried Bones Mystery, the main characters are Black and the plot includes a connection to Black history.  Slavery and discrimination are touched on briefly.  In The Year of the Dog, the main character is Taiwanese-American but is one of the only Asians in a white community.  She experiences some prejudice and must navigate the two cultures.
The Buried Bones Mystery by Shannon Draper
The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin


Karen WeloOutschool Teacher
139 total reviews
172 completed classes

About Me

     I’ve been working with children for 15 years – from teaching reading classes to working in public and private schools to tutoring to now homeschooling my own children.  I’m passionate about teaching students the skills they need to be... 
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