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The Maze Runner Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule

In this 6-week course, students will read and discuss Book One in James Dashner's dystopian trilogy, The Maze Runner #academic
Janelle Fila
895 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 6 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Week One Chapters 1-8
Week Two Chapters 9-17
Week Three Chapters 18-28
Week Four Chapters 29-37
Week Five Chapters 38-51
Week Six Chapters 52-62
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years. When my nephew, a reluctant reader, mentioned that he loved this series, I knew I had to give it a try! I have since read the series, watched the movies, and had multiple discussions about this world and the technology described within. This book has short chapters and a fast, edge of your seat pace, which makes it an excellent choice for reluctant readers! It is an excellent book to discuss because there are so many lies, half-truths, and cover ups to discover. It has many real world implications that are interesting to ponder (could the world end up like this? Is it okay to experiment on a few in order to benefit many?). I also like to discuss the political system/hierarchy that develops in a world of teenage boys thrown together unexpectedly. I am excited to read it alongside your student to see what emotions, feelings, and gut reactions The Maze Runner stirs up for them.
Students will read approximately 60 pages a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, word searches and crossword puzzles to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters. 
The students will need a copy of The Maze Runner to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have while filling out their worksheets or working on their writing assignment.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
From commonsensemedia.org: Parents need to know that the scenes of violence are stronger in this book and more graphic than those of, say, The Hunger Games, partly because at times it is adults murdering children, and not from a distance or out of sight. The teens stranded in the Maze have their memories wiped, but they are still aware on some level that they are being held captive and endangered by adults, not monsters or other children. Some of the teens in the Maze go insane from the fear, the attacks, or in one case, the memory of the world he had left behind. Main characters are conscientious and risk their lives to save others.


Janelle FilaLet's have some fun together!
895 total reviews
795 completed classes

About Me

I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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