“When Sophy finds a little lost dragon named Cloudy, she knows he’s in danger. It will take all the courage she can muster—and a little bit of magic—to keep the baby dragon safe. But what if there are other creatures in danger? It looks like Sophy’s going to need some friends to help her with her secret rescues…”
In this course, we will explore fantasy writing and using our imaginations in a fun way. In our first class, we will discuss unicorn folklore and what we like about unicorns. Beginning in class 2 and ending in class 6, we will read aloud, round-robin style, the book The Storm Dragon. While reading, we will learn about context clues and put them in practice to predict what will happen next, and discuss character traits to help learners connect with the book. Each of these classes will be accompanied by a printable with a short set of comprehension questions, vocabulary when appropriate, and an open-ended journal prompt. These will be completed during class, time permitting; otherwise, they will be assigned as homework (each class is 30-40 minutes in length). Two classes will have fun homework that is best completed outside of class: slime and coloring/painting a dragon! There are also super fun extension activities, like learning to draw a dragon, StoryboardThat.com comic strips, and each learner’s name written in Dragon (kids LOVE this!) Whether your learner is an independent reader, a struggling or new reader, new to novel studies or a seasoned vet, this class is a unique way to help kids learn to love reading.
Class 1: Dragon folklore; Homework: make Dragon slime
Class 2: Chapters 1-2
Class 3: Chapters 3-4
Class 4: Chapters 5-6
Class 5: Chapters 7-8
Class 6: Chapter 9
Class 7: Book review; discussion of themes and character traits; Homework: color a dragon
Class 8: Word search; “If I were a dragon” short writing and drawing assignment
I have an infatuation with unicorns, dragons, and anything magical and mystical. I have an almost 10 year old daughter who has taken on this love for this amazing creatures as well. Because I have a background in fantasy writing and gaming (both tabletop and video games), I can help create an immersive world that really helps children and preteens/teens learn about how to truly read and comprehend a novel. My extension activities are always a hit as well!
I will be screensharing my Kindle copy of The Storm Dragon (The Secret Rescuers Book 1) by Paula Harrison you can read more about this book here. You do NOT need to purchase a copy of the book.
Meeting Dates and Times:
Mon Jul 23, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Fri Jul 27, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Mon Jul 30, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Fri Aug 3, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Mon Aug 6, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Fri Aug 10, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Mon Aug 13, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern
Fri Aug 17, 2:30pm – 3:05pm Eastern