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"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane": A Literature Circle based Book Club

Students will read the fantastic book "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo and participate in a Literature Circle based book club discussion, rotating responsibilities and presenting their findings to the group.
Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
361 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 22 learners
year olds
learners per class


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$18 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 7 weeks
60 minutes per class
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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 who are enrolled in public schools to adapt their learning modalities and pursue interests and learning pathways that intrigue their own very unique minds.  This is great, but certainly not financially accessible to all.  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. 
A copy of the book for 7 weeks. Printed documents provided by the teacher via Google Classroom.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This book does deal with the illness and death of a child (although this is only a short part of the book) and it also deals with an "absent" and emotionally neglectful parent who drinks (although this is also only briefly mentioned).   

You might also consider reading this part WITH your child in order to support him/her emotionally, especially very sensitive children.  I consider this book LESS tragic than others, such as The Velveteen Rabbit etc, and I do consider it  age appropriate for the ages I listed.  Depending on our families, our stories and our different sensitivities - some children (and their parents) may find this reading too activating at this time.   These two themes are not MAJOR in the book, but they are present.  

Please feel free to communicate with me privately about any concerns.  I am including a link to Common Sense Media - as it references the book.  Please know that I will not dwell on these themes, but they will be discussed and not omitted.  I will also be very sensitive to the age group.  

Lastly, I would add that literature is often a really SAFE place to explore painful subjects.  It's called "bibliotherapy" and can be a great resource for you and your child, if used sensibly and with intention.  

Carie Beth Russell


Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
Lives in the United States
Former public general education teacher and gifted education specialist
361 total reviews
160 completed classes

About Me

Hello and Welcome!

About me:
My name is Carie Beth Russell.  I am the mother of two teenagers, an elderly cat and a forever puppy.  I live in the Midwest region of the United States with my family.  

I am a former public elementary school... 
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