When Women Write: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A 5-week literature study & discussion of Betty Smith's classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
352 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 5 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

Thu Sep 15

Sep 15 - Oct 13 (5 weeks)
7pm - 7:50pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, learn to identify its theme and motifs and be able to draw educated conclusions from our rhetorical discussions.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorite books to read alongside young readers. It's a classic Bildungsroman—coming-of-age story—and it is highly relatable to most readers. I've taught this one often, and every time I love the journey.
Learners will be expected to read the week's chapters, do the correlating projects, and most of all, jump into the discussions we have each week. I give a lot of space for learning disabilities and non-neurotypical learners (I have a few in my own home!), so if you're hesitant about the class format, please reach out to me.
A copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will be required. There are many editions available for purchase online or in local bookstores; just be sure to get an unabridged copy. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
The book includes a section about a rapist in the neighborhood who tries to attack the main character. The rape is not described and justice is served, but as a sensitive topic for many, you will want to be aware that it is part of the story. 
I will provide links to appropriate and relevant materials, such as videos to watch at home.


Kendra FletcherMiddle & high school literature studies, book clubs for kids who want adventure, introductory writing, & engaging storytimes for the youngest of readers and story lovers
352 total reviews
326 completed classes

About Me

What happens when a learner is given the time and space to soak in a story and allow it to change their life? “Aha!” moments are my goal, and it’s why I adore leading worthwhile discussions about classic books. What good is it if we require a teen... 
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