The Hobbit: An "Elements of Critical Thinking" Literature Circle Book Club
Students will read the timeless tale "The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien and participate in a Literature Circle based book club discussion, rotating responsibilities and presenting their findings to the group.
Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
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Completed by 33 learners
Once per week
over 7 weeks
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*Please note: Due to the student-led discussion format of this class, the smallest size that will work well is 4 students. I will cancel the class if fewer than 4 students enroll. Invite your friends! That said, the class will not work well with more than 8 students. I will keep a firm cap on the limit as well, in order for everyone to have the best possible educational experience. Q: What Are Literature Circles? A: In literature circles, small groups of students gather together...
This specific course is geared toward higher level thinking. Each literature circle role is directly connected to the 11 elements of critical thinking: big ideas, rules, trends, patterns, language of the discipline, ethics, relationships over time, details, unanswered questions, across disciplines and multiple perspectives.
My name is Carie Beth Russell. I live in the Kansas City area with my husband, two daughters and two cats. I am a former elementary teacher and gifted education specialist. I have been “home” since my second daughter was born, but have remained active in the field of education by teaching educational summer camps, tutoring and teaching at a homeschool enrichment program. My professional priorities center around student-led learning. It’s my strong conviction that supporting children as they learn, rather than dictating how and what they learn, is the way to encourage their inborn patterns of curiosity, wonder and problem-solving that will serve them well in all stages of being human. While my own children attend public school, we very much view education as something we own and must take personal responsibility for. We work hard at educational advocacy within the public school context. I teach my daughters to communicate with their teachers, ask for what they need and request amended or extended: depth, duration and scope of projects, units, skills and personal areas of interest. Gifted Education services often provide these things for students who have been identified as such, but these standards and the definition of “giftedness” vary from state to state, based generally on funding, and doesn’t allow for many students to qualify. This leaves an enormous group of students who have “need of different” but no access to a more open-ended and curiosity-led education. Please understand that when I say enormous, I mean ALL. Out School, and other platforms like it, allow students to adapt their learning modalities and pursue interests and learning pathways that intrigue their own very unique minds. Teaching students to participate in Student Led Learning, in its various formats, allows them to continue on in their own investigations of an amazing planet and human experience, studying past, present and future as they forge their own distinct path.
The student will read approximately 40 pages per week and complete his/her "job" in order to be ready to present to the group each week.
A copy of the book https://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-J-R-Tolkien/dp/054792822X Documents provided by the teacher, to be printed off by the student in preparation for class each week.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
- Google Classroom
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
Former public general education teacher and gifted education specialist
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
349 total reviews
149 completed classes
Hello and Welcome! About me: My name is Carie Beth Russell. I am the mother of two teenagers, an elderly cat and a 3 year old dog. I live in the Midwest region of the United States with my family. I am a former public elementary school...