In this class, we will be reading the Newberry Medal Award and National Book Award winning novel “Holes,” by Louis Sachar and “Mrs.Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” by Robert C. O’Brien.
We will take an in-depth approach to studying the story of “Holes,” which centers on Stanley Yelnats, a boy who is wrongly accused of a crime and sent to a juvenile detention camp where he meets a variety of interesting characters. This class combines critical and creative thinking, new vocabulary, sentence construction and grammar, and creative hands-on projects tied into the story’s themes that support different learning styles. We will be using some concepts from the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum during our studies. This is a captivating and darkly humorous tale of punishment and redemption that will stay with you long after the book ends!
In the Newberry Award winning novel, “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh” students will read the amazing story of
Mrs. Frisby, a mother who struggles for survival as she strives to save the life
of her sick son. Students will explore the genre of fantasy, follow story plots,
and learn to recognize homonyms and understand acronyms. We will also
incorporate elements of science that compliment the story including how
people change their environment to aid in their survival, and how machines
make surviving and living easier.
Students MUST be able to read and write independently. Please have a copy of each of the books and a one-subject spiral notebook available to bring to the first class.
Teacher: Erika F.
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