Lower- / Middle-School Green Ember Reading Club (Summer Course)
Term: Summer 2019 (see schedule options below)
Target Grade Levels: Grades 4–7
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min., for 5 weeks
Reading Club Options:
Club A–The Green Ember: June 3–July 2, T/Th 10:00 a.m. ET with Pres. Maria Koulianos (Registration for this section has closed.)
Club B–Ember Falls: July 15–August 12, T/Th 10:00 a.m. ET with Pres. Maria Koulianos (Registration for this section has closed.)
The Green Ember Book Club offers a fun setting where students can enjoy the love of reading together. Students will read one novel over the course of five weeks discussing the book in a relaxed and interactive setting with attention given to whatever topics interest them most about the novel. We will examine the writing and the layers of meaning the novelist intends the reader to experience. Students will then have an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ask questions with the author, S.D. Smith, who will make an appearance in the class!
Discussions will be thought-provoking intended to expose students to the elements of literature, teach literary analysis without the burden of formal assignments, and grow rhetorical insight. Through our student management system Schoology, students will be able to informally continue to converse about the book with their peers on our class discussion board. This informal writing of thoughts and insights into the plot of the story will further enrich the learning. For the final week, students will be asked to choose from an array of culminating activities that will enhance learning and allow further discovery through creative expression. Presentations for these culminating projects will be given on the final day.
The Green Ember Book Club will be an opportunity for students to value one another as readers and learners. Reading in turn becomes a social activity, and this encourages them to keep reading increasing their comprehension and the ability to express their thoughts.
Come join the adventure!
Prerequisites: Those wishing to join Reading Club B must read The Green Ember prior to the start of class. There are no prerequisites for Reading Club A.
A Message from the Author, S. D. Smith
Reading Club A:
- The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
- Composition Notebook
Reading Club B:
- Ember Falls by S.D. Smith
- Composition Notebook
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Presbytera Maria Koulianos has been an educator for over 20 years, loving every minute, with vast experience in both public and private schools as a classroom teacher, in developing and implementing learning programs for students, and as an area administrator. She earned her bachelor of science in education from Indiana University with certifications in elementary education, 7/8 nondepartmental, language arts 1–9, and computer education K–12. She holds a master of divinity and a master of theology from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA, where she wrote her thesis, “The Annunciation of the Theotokos from a Liturgical Perspective.” Presbytera Maria and her husband, Father Dionysios, live in the greater Boston area, where he is the priest of Saint Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Braintree, MA. She hopes to inspire her students to love literature and become lifelong learners.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- Students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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