Middle School Book Club: A Bucket List of the Top 100 Middle School Novels

$15.00 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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Section A

  • STARTS: Sep 28, 2023
  • MEETING FREQUENCY: One Time Every Other Week
  • LIVE CLASSES: Thursdays 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM
  • TEACHER: Ali Marie
  • CALENDAR: View Entire Calendar
  • 2 Students Enrolled


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

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, we encourage students to leave their cameras on, to use the chatbox to expand the discussion, and to 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.

Examples of in-class activities are below. Students will:
1. discuss literature with the instructor and other students in a large group.
2. discuss how American literature has changed over the past 100 years.
3. reflect on how literature reveals elements of humanity or the world in which we live.
4. speak aloud and use the chatbox to participate in the conversation.
5. articulate an evaluation of the novel and why they think the way they do.
6. learn how to analyze a literary character.
7. learn how to analyze a piece of literature for the theme.
8. learn how to analyze conflict to reveal character and theme.
9. learn elements of the story.
10. learn point of view.
11. learn how to analyze literature in light of the culture in which it is written.

**Students in Asian time zones** Your Sunday morning classes are U.S. Saturday evening classes.

We discuss the book on the date listed, so students should finish the book before class.
The week starting Sept 10: King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
The week starting Sept 24: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
The week starting Oct 8: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The week starting Oct 22: Little Women by Louise May Alcott
The week starting Nov 5: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The week starting Nov 26: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The week starting DEC 10: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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For first-time learners on Lemons-Aid, you can use the coupon code Newbie20 to get $20 off your first class.

If the Lemons-Aid schedule doesn’t work for you, check the offerings of this course on Outschool. Courses on Outschool are secular. Use this referral code and get $20 off your first class on Outschool: 0BAnv5zn

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

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students ponder and explore to construct meaning themselves. Well…

Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay, 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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