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The Book Club of Prydain #5: The High King

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Rebecca Baumgarten, MA
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(28)
In this 6-week online camp, we'll explore the 5th book in Lloyd Alexander's acclaimed children's high fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain with reading, writing, and interactive activities.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Learners will
•	Describe how Alexander creates lifelike and memorable characters
•	Discuss themes related to leadership, sacrifice, friendship, destiny, and bravery
•	Analyze how characters grow and change over the course of a story
•	Interpret symbols and allegories on the relationship between fate and free will
I have a masters in English from Texas A&M University, where I wrote my thesis on J.R.R. Tolkien’s theory of Christianized Germanic heroism and its application in his Middle-earth legendarium. I am a scholar of imaginative literature in general and the Inklings in particular. My great loves are fantasy, mythology, and science fiction.

At A&M, I worked for 3 semesters as a graduate assistant teacher of courses in literature and technical writing. I also have many years of experience working with children, including freelance tutoring, volunteering as a religious education teacher’s aide, and leadership roles in 13 years as a Girl Scout.
Homework Offered
Students will read the chapters listed for the following week: about 50 pages). Each week, I will post important vocabulary words for them to look out for. After the first week, students will complete 1 of 4 assignments before class each week on their own for homework. They may complete the assignments in any order, but by the end of 4 weeks, they will have completed them all. The assignments are as follows: 1. Draw one place from this week’s reading. What is the overall mood of this place? What impact does this place have on the characters and the story? You can draw your picture on the computer or on paper. If you use paper, be sure to take a picture of it to turn in. Please do all of your writing on the computer. 2. Choose a character from this week’s reading who has had to give up something, whether a person, a place, or a thing. Draw that lost something and write about what it meant to that character. 3. Choose one character and explain how his or her life has led to what happens to him or her in this week’s reading. 4. What is one decision Taran makes in this week’s reading that you believe he should have made differently? Write 2 paragraphs explaining how the story would be different if he had made this different choice.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment is through the assignments. Each is worth 25 points, for a total of 100 in the class.
Grades Offered
All students must have a copy of the book in any edition. They can either purchase it or borrow it from a library. One advantage of having one's own copy is being able to highlight parts or make notes in the margins.
The Chronicles of Prydain books contain the classic tropes of high fantasy, including magic (performed by both good and evil characters), sword-fighting, and undead warriors controlled by an evil dark lord. This particular book contains PG-level violence, character deaths, and G-level romance.
The High King: The Chronicles of Prydain #5, by Lloyd Alexander

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(28)
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My name is Rebecca Baumgarten. I have a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Texas A&M University, focusing on the fiction and scholarship of J.R.R. Tolkien (hence my headline).

I am an adjunct professor of English at Collin College in... 
Group Class

$18

weekly or $90 for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages 8-12
1-6 learners per class

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