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To Kill A Mockingbird, Summer Novel Study Camp

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Teacher Lia, M.S.
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(38)
Discover the warmth, humor, and beauty of Harper Lee's evocative masterpiece while we investigate issues of race and class, the hazards of being different, and the impact our behavior has on the lives of others. Reading /Literature/ English/ Camps

Class experience

Students will:
-read closely for deep comprehension and appreciation of literary elements and author's craft
-practice annotation skills in order to maximize interaction with the text, promote deeper understanding, and to encourage reading with purpose. 
-practice both paraphrasing and direct quotation
-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.
-practice answering comprehension questions with complete sentences and providing detailed support from the text for their 
answers
-discuss, analyze, and write to explain their ideas regarding key issues and author's craft.
I’ve taught in public school settings for over 20 years. Much of that time I have served minority, mixed cultural, and economically disadvantaged communities. I have an abundance of experience successfully navigating sensitive content areas with students who may have strong feelings about that content. I have a good awareness of my students’ emotional states and how to calm and redirect them. 

If a student is upset by any content included in the course:
1) We may discuss in class why some information is disturbing, and that the unsettled emotions are a sign that we are able to understand the feelings and situations of other people and are thus developing empathy. We will discuss how empathy is important in people so they can imagine how the world can be made a better place for all.
2) We may redirect, discontinuing our work on the source of the discomfort until I have had a chance to talk privately with the student and her/his parents and reached a comfort level that allows continued participation.
Set in the deep south in the 1930's, this story's plot revolves around the trial of a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. (and the subsequent killing of the accused)  The rape itself is only alluded to and not graphically described, but the harshness and inhumanity of racism is a central theme of the book, including white characters referring to black characters by using the N-word. Within this context and as these events unfold around her, Scout Finch learns lessons of compassion and humanity. 

Human rights is an essential topic to explore with learners in order to develop educated, thoughtful citizens who are prepared to help create a better world. In order to understand the importance of human rights, and the social structures designed to uphold them, it’s necessary to look at some examples of when human rights have been violated. 

The focus of the class is not people’s mistreatment of each other, however, but rather how aware, compassionate individuals can initiate healing in the world. 

If a student is upset by any content included in the course:
1) We may discuss in class why some information is disturbing, and that the unsettled emotions are a sign that we are able to understand the feelings and situations of other people and are thus developing empathy. We will discuss how empathy is important in people so they can imagine how the world can be made a better place for all.
2) We may redirect, discontinuing our work on the source of the discomfort until I have had a chance to talk privately with the student and her/his parents and reached a comfort level that allows continued participation.

I’ve taught in public school settings for over 20 years. Much of that time I have served minority, mixed cultural, and economically disadvantaged communities. I have an abundance of experience successfully navigating sensitive content areas with students who may have strong feelings about that content. I have a good awareness of my students’ emotional states and have developed methods for calming and redirecting them. 

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(38)
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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... 
Group Class

$118

for 10 classes
5x per week, 2 weeks
70 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-16
3-10 learners per class

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