May Teen Book Club: Brown Girl Dreaming
A President Obama “O” Book Club pick
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
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, May 27 from 10-11am Central. Video summary available for those who cannot attend.
Suggested Age Range: 13+
$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.