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Avid Reader Book Club For Those That Love to Read - Read and Discuss Two Books a Month - 4th, 5th, and 6th grades


What Makes a Good Book Good? Literary Criticism for Middle Grades

With so many books available these days, how do you decide where to spend your valuable reading time? By learning all the ways that a good book can fill you and fire you up you will get the most out of everything you choose to read!
Susan Howard
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As a published author of fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults, an artist and a performer, I believe in the cultural power and intellectual benefits of great literature, art and music.  My homeschooling methodology is humanities based with an emphasis on the written word.  Our civilization depends on a citizenry fluent in the great written works of history through which we learn what it means to be human, and how to succeed as a people and a species.
No materials are needed for this course but students are encouraged to bring their favorite book to share with their classmates. A Powerpoint presentation and handouts will be provided.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Any work from the canon of classical children's literature may be discussed and promoted in this class. That includes works that are considered controversial by some groups of people in recent times such as Hucklberry Finn, Little House, Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time or Fahrenheit 451. General reasons for controversy will be discussed and included in our analysis of what makes a good book good.


Susan Howard
Lives in the United States
Creative Communication, the Arts and Writing
67 total reviews
36 completed classes

About Me

I love exploring the world in all it's wonder! As a veteran homeschooling mom and co-op teacher, I have taught just about every subject, but I most enjoy teaching history, art, and literature in an integrated, enriching way.  My classes... 
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