The Secret Garden Book Club FLEX

In this 5-week flexible schedule book club, we will read and discuss The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
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New class

No live meetings

Over 5 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per week

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

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Jun 13

Jun 13 - Jul 16 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Jul 18

Jul 18 - Aug 21 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon Aug 1

Aug 1 - Sep 3 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time

Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
I am certified to teach English Language Arts and social studies. I will talk a bit about the background of the novel and address outdated language as sensitively as possible as it comes up. I will help put this language in context. 

It important to remember that this book was published in 1911, over 100 year ago. I acknowledge that some of the language is insensitive and hurtful to some readers. 

However, it is also worth noting books and movies we enjoy today may be considered offensive to people living in the future. This is something we may discuss in class as we deal with scenes and/or language that feel outdated and even offensive by today's standards. 
Students need to read the book independently. Students can decide to read the book in print, a digital version, or listen to the book on audio. Some students enjoy reading along while listening to the audiobook. Whatever works for your learner is great.

After reading, learners will need to answer reading comprehension and discussion questions. Learners are invited to write their answers to the questions in the Outschool classroom. The discussion questions are also great to talk about at home.

If you find your child is struggling to keep up with the pace of the class, please let me know and I will work with you to find a solution that will best fit the needs of your child. Individual tutoring is also available for students who need any additional support. 
A copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett in print or digital format. Listening to the audiobook is also fine. This book is in the public domain. You can read it for free at projectguttenburg.com.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The Secret Garden is a classic novel that was published in 1911. It The novel takes place during 1901. The novel takes place during the time period when England colonized and ruled over India. 

While the overall message and themes of the story are timeless and wonderful, there are some aspects of this book that may be offensive to some readers today. For example, the maid expresses excitement about meeting a "black" from India and the main character gets very offended by this. There is also a boy who is physically disabled and is referred to with terms such as "cripple" that we no longer use today. This kind of language will be addressed when and if it is encountered during close readings of the text in class. 

The main character also deals with neglect from her parents at the beginning of the story. She is also somewhat neglected by the uncle she is sent to live with after the death of both her parents. The first chapter has a scene where the main character is left alone in a house after everyone who lives there dies of illness or leaves suddenly. 

The novel deals with themes of illness, despair, and death. It also deals with themes of new beginnings, becoming a nicer person, showing empathy, finding happiness after loss, and hope. 


Linda Newell Lu
Lives in the United States
English & Social Studies Teacher
64 total reviews
99 completed classes

About Me

Hello families! 

My name is Linda Lu. I've been teaching for almost 10 years. I have experience working with preschool, elementary, middle school, and high students.

My education includes a Master's Degree in Teaching and a Bachelor's degree in... 
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