Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk: Novel Study, Creative Writing, and Slime!




Is your child ready for their first novel study? While this class is NOT limited to just first-timers, only the living may attend-no undead allowed! Come learn about Stink, the little brother of Judy Moody, and do some fun, non-scary Zombie-themed activities, like making SLIME!

Meets once per week for six weeks, ages 5-13.

Guts! Brains! Eyeballs! There’s only one week before the new book in the Nightmare on Zombie Street series comes out. Of corpse Stink will be first in line at the Blue Frog Bookstore to buy his copy and join the town’s Midnight Zombie Walk! Until then, Stink and his friends keep busy making ketchup-stained zombie costumes, trying to raise money to buy the book, and racking up points for Virginia Dare School’s race to one million minutes of reading. But with all that talk about the undead, Zink – that is, Stink – starts to wonder: is he being hunted by zombies? He does have a very delicious – er, superb – brain, after all. Readers will just have to open ze book and zee! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

Each chapter will have two specific comprehension questions, and includes a checklist at the bottom of the page reminding learners to restate the question and include details from the text to
support the answer. This helps with writing in general, and is a great tool to solidify future writing assignments. Learners will do this portion outside of class. In class, while discussing what learners read, we will also analyze the plot and study the characters very carefully to identify specific traits and more. Outside of class…well, that’s where it gets really messy! Homework will be to read two chapters per class, but also do awesome things like make zombie brain slime, learn how to draw a zombie, complete coloring pages, play age-appropriate virtual zombie-themed games online, make zombie-themed foods, play games like Zombie Brain Toss, Don’t Say Zombie, Zombie Tag, and more (note: activities outside of class time are at parental discretion and are NOT required for the course)! Materials for classes will be discussed before each class so parents have enough time to gather materials; total cost of all materials including the book should be no more than $20. This is a flipped classroom model, which means learners will read the book outside of class, and then we will discuss what they’ve read during class.

Anticipated Course Outline:
Class 1: Introduction to the book; creative writing assignment; homework: Read Chapters 1 and 2: Vomitocius; The Smellatorium
Class 2: Discussion over reading; making a comic strip; homework: Read Chapters 3 and 4: What about B.O.B.?; Curse of the Zombie Baloney
Class 3: Discussion over reading; zombie-themed Mad Libs; homework: Read Chapters 5 and 6: Zombie Lunch Lady; Nightmare on Croaker Street
Class 4: Discussion over reading; surprise activity; homework: Read Chapters 7 and 8: Cruella De Zombie; The (Ten O’Clock) Midnight Zombie Walk
Class 5: Discussion over reading; Franken-Selfies writing and drawing.

As an studious reader of The Walking Dead comics for many years, I naturally progressed into many other worlds of the undead. One thing I really enjoy about this strange hobby is that it allows me to connect with even the most reluctant readers. This topic is presented in a fun, lighthearted, non-scary manner in this class, so that younger learners or more sensitive ones feel comfortable. Because I have a strong background in literature as a published author, avid reader, and literature teacher for more than a decade, I’m able to present novel studies in a fun, engaging way so children can connect with the story, each other, and me.

Printables are provided. You’ll need a copy of the book, which is $4.99 on Amazon.

Session Dates and Times:

Thu May 31, 1pm – 1:40pm Eastern
Thu Jun 7, 1pm – 1:40pm Eastern
Thu Jun 14, 1pm – 1:40pm Eastern
Thu Jun 21, 1pm – 1:40pm Eastern
Thu Jun 28, 1pm – 1:40pm Eastern
Thu Jul 5, 1pm – 1:40pm Eastern