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Fun and Fluency: Fairy Tales and Reader's Theater Level 2


The Thirteen Clocks Novel Study- Intensive Language Romp and Reader's Theater!

The 13 Clocks is a rollicking, quirky fairy tale full of exuberant word play by one of the best, James Thurber. Students will enjoy Reader's Theater while exploring literary elements and techniques.
Teacher Lia, M.S.
38 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 6 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 2 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 exercise their reading comprehension, literary, and exposition "muscles" as they:

-read closely for deep comprehension and appreciation of literary elements and author's craft
-learn, review, and discuss elements of story, such as: rising action, climax, falling action, etc.
-practice both paraphrasing and direct quotation
-observe and discuss character development and practice character analysis and description
-observe and discuss literary devices like simile, metaphor, and alliteration
-think about and discuss motifs in the story and how these may provide clues to the theme of the story.
-work on understanding vocabulary through context clues, and practice using new words through speaking, writing, and (if time) a game.
-practice answering comprehension questions with complete sentences while and providing detailed support from the text for their answers.
I have taught middle school English language arts for years with great success, often sparking enthusiasm in students who previously had none.
Students are responsible for reading a chapter a day, including reading the first chapter prior to the first day of class. The amount of time this takes will vary depending on the learner.
Learners will need: -a copy of the book The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber. (It's best if this is a copy that they can annotate in.) -highlighter markers of 4 different colors -sharp pencils and erasers -paper to write and draw on.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
3 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This story is a typical fairy tale only in that it includes a fairy tale type plot and characters, and includes rare mentions of typical fairy tale type violence. (unfortunate princes who were run through with swords and then fed to geese, for example) No violence actually occurs in the story, however, and the whole thing is rendered in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, not any part of it to be taken seriously. (except perhaps the theme itself)


Teacher Lia, M.S.Adventures in Learning
38 total reviews
47 completed classes

About Me

In my classes we focus on high quality literature, reading for meaning, writing, and the natural world. My approach is warm, friendly, and investigative. I see students as fellow adventurers in this fascinating world we share. There's nothing more... 
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