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Yatimah - Horse Diaries Book Study

Tracey Hillquist
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(107)
In this 5 session class, learners will read and study the book Yatimah by Catherine Hapka

Class experience

Students will read this interesting book, Yatimah buy Catherine Hapka. Along with reading, we will learn about how the characters are written, how the author chooses facts and fiction to engage the reader and also learn about the geography of the Arabian Dessert along with how and where the Arabian horse came to the United States and other countries. 
Class 1: Introductions and greetings. We will introduce ourselves and say hello to others. We will also discuss the characters and story line in the first two chapters. Chapters 1 and 2 will be discussed. We also will cover the geography of where the story takes place and begin discussing the characteristics of the Arabian horse breed. Learners will also meet my Arabian horse Sarah via a video that I send out after the first class. 
Class 2: Chapters 3 and 4 will be discussed. Learners will discuss the chapters as well as learning about the nomadic life described in these chapters. We discuss how the horses were treated as members of the family as well as which personality and physical traits were desired in the horses. We meet a few more characters during these two chapters. We meet other family members as well as learn why raids happen. War horses are important in the 9th century in Arabia and we learn more about them.
Class 3: Chapters 5 and 6 are discussed. Yatima learns new things as she grows older and is trained by Basim. She learns how important it is to be quiet when she moves and not to talk to the other horses while working with her rider. Yatma also learns about how her rider communicates without using words. During this class, learners will also learn about horse communication and how a rider communicates by using their legs, hands/reins, seat as well as voice. I show learners a video after this class about horse communication.
Class 4: First, we discuss as a class which activity we would like to do for our final meeting. Perhaps a costume dress up, sharing time or game. Learners can decide which we will do. We also discuss chapters 7 and 8. In these chapters the class discusses how Yatima learns about a new rider and how she bonds with them. She also meets new visitors to the camp. As a class we discuss how and why families gather together and life a nomadic lifestyle. 
Class 5: This is our final class. We discuss the final chapters of the book, chapters 9 and 10 and then will get to participate in the game, costume dress up or fun activity that we discussed last class. We wrap up the story and discuss how and why the author wrapped up the book in the way she did. 
I have over 40 years of experience with horses. I have trained horses, given riding lessons as well as hosted field trips for groups of learners at my home discussing various topics including breeds such as the Arabian. I use my own horses for demonstrations and for online classes as well. 
Additionally, I have a bachelors degree in Social Work from an accredited college in Wisconsin. I have years of experience with students with special education needs as well.
I have an enthusiasm for horses and for teaching. I have a style that is quirky and fun.
The only supplies that learners need is the book Yatimah (Horse Diaries number 6) by Catherine Hapka and Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
During this story, a raid occurs. The word "raid" is used and involves the theft of some horses and sheep and a camel. There are no violent descriptions written during these sections. No animals or humans were injured or discussed. 
I wanted to mention this because theft is an ethical topic and wanted to mention it to learners and families. 
Please feel free to reach out to me and I can let adults know more information as well. 
Learners will need to purchase the book, Yatimah (A Horse Diaries book number 6) by Catherine Hapka, Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson.  
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(107)
About Me

Are you looking for an enthusiastic, fun, and driven instructor?  
I have over 40 years experience working with horses, riding, showing as well as giving lessons to children. I specialize in general riding as well as gymkhana events. I... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
45 min

Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
3-6 learners per class

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