March Tween Book Club: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.
The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources:
- * A suggested reading schedule
- * A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions
- * Vocabulary activities
- * Discussion board posts in our online classroom
- * Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading
- * An invitation to a live discussion
- * A recording of the summary of the live discussion
What Makes SEA Online Classes Special
Month-Long Online Classroom Experience with a 1-hour live session near the end of the month.
Live session scheduled for Thursday, March 25 from 10-11am Central. Video summary available for those who cannot attend.
Suggested Age Range: 9-12
$10 for 1 Month
$35 for 1 Month with Feedback
All participants will need to secure their own copy of the book. Used, borrowed, or electronic versions are all acceptable.
For live session: A webcam and microphone are recommended.
For participation throughout the book club: A Google Drive account is required to submit some assignments. Discussion boards will take place over Discord. Parent permission is required for use of Discord for students under the age of 13. Those who do not wish to use Discord may still participate in discussions via the comment feature in our classroom. Both Google Drive and Discord accounts can be
Participants can participate as much as works for their schedules and interest level. There will be opportunities for ongoing discussions, vocabulary activities, and additional resources to explore. Between reading the book and participating in supplemental activities, participants can expect to spend between 1 and 3 hours a week on class activities. Those who choose to do the final project (with or without the feedback add-on) can expect to spend 4-5 additional hours on that project.
The book club discussion boards and live discussion are extemporaneous and therefore somewhat unpredictable. Facilitators will do their best to ensure positive, supportive interactions.
Families are encouraged to check reviews and content notes for each individual book in the book club to ensure it is a good fit for them.