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Visual Lit Presents: Banned BOOK CLUB! Toni Morrison's Beloved

This is an on-going course that meets to discuss and analyze one of the most iconic books of American literature: Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
Jordan Kohanim
44 total reviews for this teacher
New class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 7 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

Tue Aug 16

Aug 16 - Sep 27 (7 weeks)
5pm - 5:55pm

Tue Sep 27

Sep 27 - Nov 8 (7 weeks)
5pm - 5:55pm
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Class Experience

With a common-core standards-based framework: 
Students will learn how to: 
analyze how a work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types 
cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
analyze how a theme from a literary work develops over time and fits into the historical context 
analyze how a work of nonfiction uses persuasive techniques to convey an idea
determine the meaning of words and phrases and how they are used in a text
-To teach a high school level course, I have the expertise of teaching English Language Arts in a public high school in the United States for 15 years
-I have taught this particular novel to more than 200 students to date
-I am AP Lit and AP Lang certified through the state of Georgia
-I have won Teacher of the Year multiple times
-I am currently certified with the National Council for Teachers of English 
-I am currently certified to teach English Language Arts Level T-7 (Highly Qualified) under the Georgia Professional Standards Commission from 2007 - 2022; certification to be renewed 2026 
-I have a BS in English Education from Kennesaw State University
-I have taught this material through Fulton County Schools in Georgia, United States for ten years to students in high school
Students will be required to read outside the class
1. Beloved by Toni Morrison 2. colored pens & pencils (suggested but not required) 3. colored post-its (suggested but not required) 4. Paper or tablet writer for taking notes
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will share out mind maps for reflection
 One final class group writing activity showcasing what they learned (AP style response) 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Even though Beloved is read in most AP and high school English courses, this novel is not for every reader. The book contains violence and scenes of slavery. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel has been called one of the greatest American novels of all time, but  it is the 26th most banned book and has been challenged for its violence, sexuality, and more. It features infanticide and graphic depictions of slavery. Common Sense Media cites that “[teens] can decide for themselves what they think about disturbing personal and historical events. Beloved is a beautiful, powerful book that will help readers learn about the horrors of slavery—and leave them thinking about what it means to be a strong, heroic, or moral person.”  
Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Making Learning Visible <- used as reference by teacher--not viewed by students


Jordan Kohanim
Lives in the United States
Nationally recognized teacher of excellence: English Language Arts, Speech, Debate, Philosophy
44 total reviews
89 completed classes

About Me

My name is Jordan Kohanim.    :-) 
I have been teaching high school English Language Arts for 15 years in the United States. 
I am a member of the Review Board for the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).  
I also am a nationally... 
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