The Newbery Challenge TEENS: Back in Time

$15.00 every 2 weeks

In this Newbery book club, students independently read, then come together to discuss each novel that has won the Newbery Medal. We will read deeply and quickly, then discuss analytically. This is a challenge!

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**New sections starting in June 2023! Join us from the beginning!**
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Are you up for the challenge? We are reading every book that has won the Newbery medal, starting with the 2022 winner and working our way back in time to 1922! We discuss a new novel during each class. The novel should be read before class. This isn’t your average book club! 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. This class will be ongoing until we finish!

ALL SECTIONS MEET EVERY OTHER WEEK. You are not charged for the weeks we do not meet. Sections are named after the teachers who are teaching them. Please find the correct section.


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 own 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. This isn’t your average book club! 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 you schedule changes. Sometimes students don’t quite finish the book, but they are still welcome to attend–they can tell me they would like to pass on the discussion and just want to listen; however, we also ask questions that are applicable to reading in general, and these topics can be discussed whether they read the book or not. This class will be ongoing until we finish! Students will earn a badge for each book they complete. 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.

**THERE ARE MULTIPLE SECTIONS OF THIS CLASS. If a section is sold out, keep your eye out as students tend to move in and out based on vacations, etc. You can transfer from one section to another without missing any discussions about novels. Students can send a transfer request for a different section week to week. This class will continue year-round so long as enrollment stays strong; sections may be merged at some point. To learn more about each book, visit this website:


**This schedule is displayed in U.S. Time zones**


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