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The Secret Garden Book Club

In this 6-week book club, we will read and discuss The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Linda Newell Lu
71 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Available Times

Pacific Time

Sat Oct 29

Oct 29 - Nov 19 (4 weeks)
2pm - 2:55pm

Sat Jan 14, 2023

Jan 14, 2023 - Feb 4, 2023 (4 weeks)
3pm - 3:55pm

Sat Mar 4, 2023

Mar 4, 2023 - Mar 25, 2023 (4 weeks)
3pm - 3:55pm

Sat Apr 1, 2023

Apr 1, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023 (4 weeks)
4pm - 4:55pm

Sat May 20, 2023

May 20, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023 (4 weeks)
4pm - 4:55pm
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Class Experience

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 I will talk a bit about the background of the novel and address outdated language as sensitively as possible as it comes up.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 This is something we may discuss in class as we deal with scenes and/or language that feel outdated and even offensive by today's standards.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 will need to read the assigned chapters before class. 

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
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time 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
71 total reviews
115 completed classes

About Me

Hello families! 

My name is Linda Lu. I teach English Language Arts and social studies at a middle school in the United States.

My education includes a Master's Degree in Teaching and a Bachelor's degree in English. Additionally, I am certified... 
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