Novel Study & Debate Grade 5-8
Middle School Language Arts
Sep 11, 2023 to Dec 4, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Teacher: Nadia Akhtar
This course is designed to develop the communication skills needed for success in secondary school academic programs and in students daily lives. Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills as they analyse texts and develop effective communication skills through debates and discussions.
Novel: Escape from Aleppo, By N. H. Senzai
Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, brothers, you need to see this.” Reluctantly, she follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.
It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.
*Please note October 9th will be a Thanksgiving long weekend holiday.
If you choose to withdraw from the course, please see below:
Aug 7th: 90% refund
Aug 27th: 50% refund
After the first class: 50% credit or 25% refund
In short stories, we learned how to identify different parts of a story and the themes in the story. I enjoyed reading the short stories and found them quite interesting. In novel studies, I enjoyed reading the books and afterward having debates about topics in the book.
It was really fun when we did impromptu debates because we learned how to prepare a small speech on any topic in just a few minutes.