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"Thirst" by Varsha Bajaj: A Literature Circle Based Book Discussion

Students will read the New York Times bestselling book "Thirst" by Varsha Bajaj and will hold a weekly student-led discussion, rotating prepared roles and presenting to the group. This book is the Global Read Aloud Book for 2022.
Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
352 total reviews for this teacher
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 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

This specific course is geared toward higher level thinking.  Each literature circle role is directly connected to the 11 elements of critical thinking: big ideas, rules, trends, patterns, language of the discipline, ethics, relationships over time, details, unanswered questions, across disciplines and multiple perspectives.  

Week 1:  Read Chapters 1-6.  Introductions to one another, the book/author and to Literature Circles and expectations.  

Week 2:  Read Chapters 7-14 and complete you job assignment in preparation for class discussion.  

Week 2:  Read Chapters 15 - 21 and complete you job assignment in preparation for class discussion. 

Week 4:  Read Chapters 22 - 30 and complete you job assignment in preparation for class discussion. 

Week 5:  Read Chapters 31 - 38 and complete you job assignment in preparation for class discussion. 

Week 6:   39 - Author's Note and complete you job assignment in preparation for class discussion. 

You will be asked to read approximately 30 pages per week and complete your "job" in order to be ready to present to the group each week. 
A copy of the book for the duration of the class - Amazon link below
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Informal/observational assessment and feedback are available upon request from parent.  
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents should know that this book discusses the "water mafia" in India.  This includes a vague and limited reference to violence and a murder.  Two teen boys in the book are sent to stay with relatives in another town to avoid the mafia.  

Google Docs/Slides:  Google Docs is the way that your child will access their assignments.  These assignments may be: printed out and completed "pen to paper", completed digitally by typing in text boxes on an electronic form of the document, or by creating a google slides presentation.  The response format is up to you and your child and may change each week depending on what feels the most fun, creative and the best use of time.  


Mrs. Russell, M.S. Ed.
Lives in the United States
Former public general education teacher and gifted education specialist
352 total reviews
154 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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