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The One and Only Ivan Novel Study: Perspective Changes Everything

In this multi-day novel study using The One and Only Ivan, we will explore the author's craft through comprehension discussion, purpose, artistic expression through figurative language, and character evolution throughout this beloved book.
Wendy Avolio, M.Ed.
21 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will study the HOW? and the WHY? this novel has made such an impact on readers of all ages.

I do:  introduce each session's learning goals and activities
You do:  interact, participate, and connect with the text
We do:  complete each activity developing broader perspectives throughout
As an elementary certified teacher as well as a secondary English/Literature certified teacher, I have taught countless novels--each of which has its own set of challenging material and/or discussion potential and possibilities.  I have sessions filled with activities that focus on the main ideas and positive takeaways from the novel as well as plan engaging classes that study structures, the author's craft, and characterization.  Although some parts of the novel reference things in the animal world that are indeed quite sad, the overall themes and lessons learned from this novel are absolutely positive with a happy ending after all.  I am certainly sensitive to learners' questions and comments, yet our class time will focus more on overall positive messages.  I highly suggest that since completing the novel in its entirety before registering for this class is required, you may decide to read together with a sensitive learner.    
Learners must read The One and Only Ivan before enrolling in this novel study.
A copy of The One and Only Ivan that students may decide to annotate as we discuss, a journal/notebook, pencil/pen, highlighter or post-it notes/flags to go back and locate passages later if desired
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Sharing and discussion will play a large role in cultivating a deeper understanding of this beloved novel.  Participating in each activity fully and completely will enrich the learners' connection with main character Ivan and other secondary characters.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Please understand that for some learners, reading about animals and their treatment by humans is a sensitive topic.  Please make sure to read the parent review material for this novel here:

We will also watch a short video clip about the history of the real Ivan that may be sensitive to students thinking about him separated from humans and his own species for such a long time.  Please feel free to preview this ahead of class.


Wendy Avolio, M.Ed.Docendo Discimus--"By teaching, we learn."
21 total reviews
23 completed classes

About Me

I am an educator who strongly believes in the art of spoken and written communication. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and German, a Master‘s degree in elementary education and writing, and obtained my K-12 teaching certification in... 
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