Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Novel Study
Join me on a page-turning adventure through Kwame Mbalia's first novel in the Tristan Strong series! This class is an exploration of the rich stories of West Africa and African American legends, literary devices, writing, and the arts.
Beth Roussakis, M.Ed.
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This novel is the first in Kwame Mbalia's Tristan Strong series. The novel's protagonist, Tristan, is a seventh-grader who accidentally creates a hole in the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods in African American legend. While we will be taking a closer look at the literary aspects throughout the novel, the full reading should be done outside of class. I like to tailor in-class activities specifically to student interest, but a loose outline of each week's class is as...
I started my teaching career in the School District of Philadelphia and taught Middle School ELA to students who were mostly Black and Latino. I think representation in literature is extremely important and, therefore, used lots of African fables and African American folktales as mentor texts in my classroom. These stories are rich with complex characters, adventure, and endearing anthropomorphic animals that appeal to every learner and should become normalized in our educational system.
-The learners will be asked to do all reading outside of class. If they have not already read the novel, they will need to read about ten chapters/ week for class. -A comprehension packet provided by the teacher will accompany the readings each week. -There will be two writing assignments started in class and completed for homework.
-Learners will need to purchase or borrow from the library a copy of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. The book can be found at this amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Tristan-Strong-Punches-Hole-Novel/dp/1368042414/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=tristan+strong+punches+a+hole+in+the+sky&qid=1612399158&sr=8-1 -There will be one art project for which parents will need to purchase some easy to find materials (these will be listed in the classroom) -All other materials will be provided by download in the classroom
Learner progress is assessed through teacher questioning, informal assessments in the form of games, and completion of writing assignments and projects.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Beth Roussakis, M.Ed.
Certified Special Education teacher; Wilson Reading System Dyslexia Practitioner
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
681 total reviews
391 completed classes
I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education with a level 2 certificate as a Wilson Reading System instructor (a multi-sensory reading/phonics program). I taught second grade through eighth grade over the course of...