The Bucket List Book Club: The Top 100 Middle School Novels

$19.00 every 2 weeks

Learners read the top middle school novels of all time from a Christian perspective and fall in love with characters, settings, and cultures different from their own. This class meets every other week, and you are not charged on off weeks.


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  • STARTS: Mar 7, 2024
  • MEETING FREQUENCY: One Time Every Other Week
  • LIVE CLASSES: Thursdays 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  • TEACHER: Ali Marie
  • CALENDAR: View Entire Calendar
  • 10 Students Enrolled


ALL SECTIONS WILL MEET EVERY OTHER WEEK. You are not charged for the weeks we do not meet.

Reading literature is a powerful way to build wisdom in applying biblical principles in real life. Practice applying truth to the human experience illustrated in literature helps students apply that truth in their own lives. Welcome to the Bucket List, where learners discover the top 100 middle-grade books of all time while learning how to view all content through the lens of scripture. These novels have captured readers’ hearts for generations. It’s a chance for middle school students to discover classic novels filled with unique worlds, unforgettable characters, and timeless adventures. As their parents and grandparents were before them, the top 100 middle school novels on our bucket list will delight your learner!


Students will learn reading strategies, how to analyze, who they are as readers, and how to communicate about literature and life! They will begin to develop their criteria for evaluating the books they read, and they will begin to understand the type of readers they are. To do this, each student takes a turn in talking about the book and the teacher will probe a bit to get each learner to do a little deeper thinking. Because it’s a discussion class, students leave their cameras on, use the chatbox to expand the discussion, and think about what they want to say before class begins.

Feel free to join us for all the books or just the ones you want. Pop in and out of the class as you wish, or transfer to different sections if your schedule changes. Sometimes students don’t quite finish the book, but they are still welcome to attend–they can tell their teacher they would like to pass on the discussion and just want to listen; however, we also ask questions that apply to reading in general, and these topics can be discussed whether they read the book or not.


The week starting Sunday, Feb 18: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The week starting Sunday, Feb 25: Call of the Wild
The week starting Sunday, Mar 3: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Mar 10: Where the Red Fern Grows
The week starting Sunday, Mar 17: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Mar 24: Whittington by Alan Armstrong
The week starting Sunday, Mar 31: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Apr 7: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
The week starting Sunday, Apr 14: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Apr 21: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The week starting Sunday, Apr 28: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, May 5: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
The week starting Sunday, May 12: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, May 19: Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
The week starting Sunday, May 26: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Jun 2: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The week starting Sunday, Jun 9: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Jun 16: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The week starting Sunday, Jun 23: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Jun 30: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The week starting Sunday, Jul 7: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Jul 14: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The week starting Sunday, Jul 21: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Jul 28: Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
The week starting Sunday, Aug 4: NO CLASS
The week starting Sunday, Aug 11: Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles book 1 by Suzanne Collins

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Our mission is to equip the minds and shepherd the hearts of learners. We want them to have saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and then to develop a biblical worldview. This means they view their world, themselves, and God in a way that aligns with what the Bible teaches. This brings great peace and understanding to the believer because we serve a good God who is sovereign.


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The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching and Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

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