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We Need Diverse Books - Book Club

Paul Kopulos
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(149)
If you want to read stories with characters that represent you, or just want to read more diverse novels, come join our club! In this 16-week course, students will be reading and discussing a variety of diverse books.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Students will see themselves in these stories and will be able to explore their own identities. This course will bring visibility to cultures that may be different than their own. They will build community, unity, and inclusivity. Reading diverse books will create an opening for discussions about what's happening in our current events. We will also take notice that even with different backgrounds, kids are kids, and they will be able to find similarities.
I have taught diversity to many people, not just kids, throughout my life. I have taught and continue to teach the compassion of diversity to kids daily. I have been teaching on Outschool since June 2020. In many of my classes we have covered the topics of women's rights, race, gender, ethnic background, LGBTQ+, and much more that falls under the diversity umbrella. My husband and I have two African American adopted children that have been with us since birth (age 13 and 14 now). My nephew is transgender, as well as being diabetic.
Homework Offered
This is an intensive diverse reading club. Students should be aware that they may have to read on an average 20-25 pages a night to keep up with the class discussions. We will be reading one book every two weeks. I will also be including some vocabulary and weekly discussions questions for the topics/books. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need to have a physical, digital, or audio copy of the books to participate in the class discussions. Most of these books should be attainable through your local library. Please plan ahead when joining this club. We do not read the books in class.
This class has age appropriate books that deal with a wide range of diverse characters or situations. The books we will be reading in the class will be in the age range of 10-16 years old (according to Amazon). Some of the books (very few) have violence, some profanity, and some deal with race. These books are noted in the course description. We will discuss all diverse experiences during this class, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. These discussions could include racism, sexism, and discrimination. These topics will be handled in an age-appropriate manner. All my classrooms are safe, respectful, and supportive places for all students. If you or your students have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me and let me know. I will respond as quickly as possible.
Before the first class, please watch the Ted Talk link below - "The Danger of a Single Story." We will be talking about this in our first class.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(149)
Looking back on my early years of learning, what stands out most in my memories are the subjects I found joy in, the teachers who made learning a delightful experience, and the freedom to explore topics that fascinated me. These are the very... 
Group Class


for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 11-14
3-10 learners per class

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