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When Women Write: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A 5-week literature study & discussion of Betty Smith's classic, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn #academic
Kendra Fletcher
431 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 10 learners
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$14 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 5 weeks
50 minutes per class

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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
431 total reviews
463 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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