The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - A FLEX Novel Study

In this eight week flexible class, students will participate in a novel study of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" through discussion, debate, analysis, and creation of individual and group projects!
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How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will be able to:
     - Identify literary elements from with the novel using examples
     - Define elements of the gothic and fantasy genres
     - Create their own hook to a gothic, horror, or fantasy novel
     - Identify elements of setting
     - Design your own graveyard!
     - Use symbolism to show the significance of names
     - Identify symbolism of colors
     - Develop their own symbols
     - Identify and define metaphors
     - Write their own metaphors for characters and settings
     - Analyze witches around the world! 
     - Research topics from within the novel
     - Present information from research they have completed
     - Identify foreshadowing and cliffhangers
     - Write cliffhangers 
     - Examine fear and basic human instincts
     - Look at real-life examples of men and women responding to fear
     - Define and identify epitaphs
     - Write their own epitaph
     - Examine the history of grave art
     - Create their own rubbing
     - Discuss of plot development and climax
     - Complete a plot diagram for the novel
     - Identify and define theme and its importance in novels
     - Read "The Pauper's Drive" Poem to compare and contrast it to the novel
     - Write their own poem as a group!
     - Write their own individual poems and share!
I have taught many book studies in my professional career. I am currently running multiple novel studies on Outschool that have been met with great success and interest. I love taking part in discussions and ensuring that the students needs and interests are met as they read. I also teach a live version of the course on Outschool.
Each week students will need to read the assigned reading which ranges between 20 pages and a little over 50. By nature of a flex class, students will be completed all work outside of a traditional live meeting, but the teacher will be available for feedback and assistance every step of the way!
All can be found in the average household. The only thing that will be need to be purchased is the novel itself. Amazon carries the novel. Attached is a link to the same copy I have. It does not need to be the same, but it will help! 

No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The novel opens on a graphic scene of murder and general violence. The novel also discusses elements of the gothic, fantasy, and horror genres. Through this discussion, students will be prompted to identify elements and to work with them through discussions, activities, and projects. Students will have the full support of the teacher and will never be asked to do something that they might be uncomfortable with. 

Here is the link to the parental warnings and ratings for the novel for your perusal!
     - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-graveyard-book


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading SpecialistHigh School and Middle School English
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About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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