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KS3 English: Book Club (Skellig)
9 August @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm BST£7.50
Our book for this term is Skellig by David Almond
“Michael steps into the crumbling garage… What is this thing beneath the spiders’ webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never seen before? The only person Michael can confide in is Mina. Together, they carry the creature out into the light, and Michael’s world changes forever…”
The first rule of book club is…
…to enjoy yourself!
Outdated references aside (that film was released in 1999! Where does the time go?), we really do want our students to love reading. We think it’s absolutely crucial for success, not only in English, but in other subjects too and, if we’re honest, throughout our whole lives. Communication (whatever age we are) matters.
So promoting a love of literature in our students is something we strongly believe in. In a world that seems to be increasingly filled with distractions, it’s getting hard to carve out the time to sit down with a good book and just… read.
And that’s why we have started this club. Although we usually think of reading as something we do alone, it can actually be an awesome way to connect with others. It’s an opportunity for learners not just to read great writing, but to share ideas, to learn about different perspectives, and to socialise with other like-minded young people. It also helps to have an expert tutor on hand to support, challenge and inspire our students!
We have small group sizes (max 10), so everyone has a chance to share their opinions and ideas, and there’s plenty of time for discussion and for students to get to know each other. We have students from all around the UK, so there’s a good chance of some cross-country friendships being made!
We will spend sometime reading together in our lessons, but students will also need to read in their own time in order to be prepared for work/discussions in the next lesson.
Small group classes
- These small group lessons will contain no more than 10 students per class. Small groups enable tutors to get to know individual students, tailor teaching to meet group needs and create maximum opportunities for interaction and engagement via cameras, microphones, chat, polls and quizzes (all are optional).
- Tutors are available online 10 minute before the advertised start time of the lesson. This is a great time to get to know each other, review last week’s learning or have specific questions answered. Students completing all lessons in a topic will receive a certificate congratulating them on their work – these can be useful if evidence is required for schools or local authorities.
David is a qualified English teacher with a master’s degree in contemporary literature. He worked in secondary schools for four years before leaving to become a professional tutor. David has been tutoring a range of students for two years now and really loves the opportunity to make a real difference and inspire young minds! He also teaches philosophy lessons and is a co-founder of Tutor Led Learning.
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It’s important to be nice…
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