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Sinead Roy will be hosting an online book club for young lovers of historical fiction.

Historical fiction is a wonderful way to introduce to expand a person’s knowledge of the past. The historical fiction book club uses narratives that unfold in settings that realistically portray what life would have been like for young people thousands of years ago. The literature also matches the grade 7 social studies program and also covers many of the requirements of language arts.

Classes will be held on Thursdays at 12:00 pm PST and run for 10 weeks from January 9  – April 2, 2020. There are no classes on February 20, March 19 or March 26.

Students will spend 3-4 weeks on each book and discussions will be in the form of literature circles with specific roles such as discussion director, vocabulary enricher, literary luminary and world explorer assigned to each student. Roles will alternate on a weekly basis. The book club is based on grade 8 standards but is open to students from other grades as well.

Books

  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile –  Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom. In order to gain it, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies – each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.

 Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake

  • The Golden Goblet – Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Ranofer struggles to thwart the plottings of his evil brother, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmiths like their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.

  • Hittite Warrior – Joanne Williamson

When Uriah Tarhund’s Hittite home is destroyed by invading Greeks, his dying father tells him to go seek a Canaanite named Sisera. “He will help you. For my sake….” When Uriah reaches Judea and saves a young boy from being sacrificed to Molech, he is given succour for a time by the Hebrews. Later, he finds Sisera and joins him in a war against these same people. When the Canaanites are defeated, the young Hittite has the opportunity to come to peace with himself, the Hebrew people and their God.

Students will cover the following social studies curricular competencies:

  • Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to — ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
  • Assess the significance of people, places, events, or developments at particular times and places
  • Determine which causes most influenced particular decisions, actions, or events, and assess their short- and long-term consequences (cause and consequence)
  • Explain different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events, and compare the values, worldviews, and beliefs of human cultures and societies in different times and places (perspective)
  • Make ethical judgments about past events, decisions, or actions, and assess the limitations of drawing direct lessons from the past (ethical judgment)

Students will cover the following language arts curricular competencies:

  • Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry and extend thinking
  • Synthesize ideas from a variety of sources to build understanding
  • Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages
  • Think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts
  • Recognize and identify the role of personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives in texts
  • Recognize how language constructs personal, social, and cultural identity
  • Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world
  • Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways
  • Understand how literary elements, techniques, and devices enhance and shape meaning
  • Exchange ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking
  • Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful literary and informational texts for a variety of purposes and audiences

Classes will take place in Zoom on a weekly basis.  All sessions will be recorded and made available to participants. A list of formative assessments will be provided ahead of time and reports will be provided at the end of the 10-week session.

Contact sroy@onlineschool.ca for questions.

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