Novel Study & Impromptu Debate
Middle School Language Arts Grade 5-8
Jan 8, 2024 to Mar 4, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Teacher: Nadia Khan
This course is designed for students to develop the communication skills needed for success in secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will interpret and evaluate the book and determine the intended and unintended purpose. Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills as they analyse the text, interpret ideas, information and learn debating skills from impromptu topics given to them. An important emphasis throughout the course is on strategies that contribute to clear, correct, and effective communication through debates, discussion and writing.
Novel Study Book: The Shepherd's Granddaughter By Anne Laurel Carter
Winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Society of School Librarians International Best Book Award and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
Ever since she was a little girl, Amani has wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family has grazed sheep above the olive groves of the family homestead near Hebron, and she has been steeped in Sido’s stories, especially one about a secret meadow called the Firdoos, where the grass is lush and the sheep grow fat, and about the wolf that once showed him the path there.
But now Amani’s family home is being threatened by encroaching Jewish settlements. As she struggles to find increasingly rare grazing land for her starving sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance against the settlers. Then she accidentally meets Jonathan, an American boy visiting his settler father.
Away from the pressures of their families, the two young people discover Sido’s secret meadow, the domain of a lone wolf. And Amani learns that she must share the meadow, and even her sheep, with the wolf, if she is going to continue to use it.
If you choose to withdraw from the course, please see below:
November30th: 90% refund
December 7th: 50% refund
After the first class: 50% credit or 25% refund
*Please note Monday Feb.19th is a public holiday
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.