Literature Circle: Out of My Mind – Grades 4-7 – Fall 2020 – 10 Weeks
Monday, September 14 2020 @ 3:00PM - Monday, December 14 2020 @ 4:30PM EDT| $250.00
In this class we will be introduced to Melody, who was born with cerebral palsy and has never spoken a word. She is a brilliant fifth grader trapped in an uncontrollable body. Her world is enhanced by insight and intellect but limited by her physical limitations and misunderstandings. She will never sing or dance, talk on the phone, or whisper secrets to her friends. She’s not complaining, though; she’s planning and fighting the odds
Students will benefit from being introduced to Melody and her gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes and reveals the quiet strength and fortitude it takes to overcome disabilities and the misconceptions that go with them.
Together, we will read, discuss, analyze, write and explore both Melody’s world as well as investigate the truth about others who live with differences. We will focus on the various literary analysis elements such as characters, setting, plot, conflict, climax and resolution.
What is a Literature Circle?
In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ responses to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.
Registration deadline is September 10, 2020.
There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.