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Literature Super Pack: Term 2

Literature Super Pack: Term 2

SKU: LIT6+T2
$164.00Price

Purchase one term (16 weeks, Jan-May) of literature classes for only $10.25/session! This includes:

 

Tales of Tails (4 weeks)

My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett:

In My Father’s Dragon, Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, and then learns of a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride. Elmer needs no further encouragement to stow away aboard a ship to the island, where he matches wits with hungry tigers, an irate gorilla, cranky crocodiles, and other moody creatures. 

 

“How the Camel Got His Hump” and “How the Rhino Got His Skin” from the Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling; Aesop’s Fables, by Aesop:

From dragons to camels to monkeys and more, join us as we explore tales of virtue and vice! For the characters, it is clear that good deeds will bring good rewards, whereas bad deeds bring about negative consequences. Through these tales of tails we will learn, as Charles M. Blow said, “There is no wrong time to do the right thing.”

 

Kindness (4 weeks) 

Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones:

Twig was just a plain, ordinary little girl who lived on the fourth floor of a "high sort of house" in the city. The back yard behind that house was Twig's little world. It was a bare little world, with nothing but a dandelion and a stream of drainpipe water to make it beautiful; with nobody but Old Boy, the ice-wagon horse, Old Girl, the cat, and the Sparrows, to keep Twig company. But one day, out in the alley, Twig found an empty tomato can, with pictures of bright red tomatoes all rround it. When it was upside down, it looked like a pretty little house, just the right size for a fairy! Twig stood it upside down next to the dandelion, not far from the stream. And this is the story of what happened in and around that little house one Saturday afternoon.

 

The Lion and The Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney:

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

 

Everyone wants to be treated with kindness, that’s why it’s so important to read about those who are kind! Whether you are in your own backyard or the African Serengeti, kindness is never very far away. Join us as we read about how a little kindness can go a long way! 

 

Determination (4 weeks)

Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White:

Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him. Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?

 

It’s not easy to find love, but it’s also not easy to learn to play the trumpet when you don’t have fingers! Determination, whether it be small or big, is ever-present in Louis's journey as he seeks answers to his problems. You won’t want to miss this wonderful story as we learn from Louis how to find our own determination!

 

Bravery, Optimism, and Unlikely Friendships (4 weeks)

The Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill:

Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn't have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard. But Miss Agnes is different -- she doesn't get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write -- but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?

 

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren:

In our very funny second book, Pippi Longstocking, Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi’s scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure. 

 

As we read these books, we will learn about how to brave the unknown, make unlikely friends, and hold on to optimism when all hope seems lost. On this journey, you will need your best smile and lightest heart! Time to set your best foot forward!

 

  • Day and Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • Bundle Duration: 16 Weeks
  • Dates: February 7, 2024 - May 29, 2024
    • Spring Break: March 25 - 29, 2024
  • Recommended for: Ages 6+ / Grades 2-3
  • Teacher: TTK Faculty
  • Required Materials:
    • My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett
    • “How the Camel Got His Hump” and “How the Rhino Got His Skin” from the Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling; Aesop’s Fables, by Aesop
    • Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones
    • The Lion and The Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
    • Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
    • The Year of Miss Agnes, by Kirkpatrick Hill
    • Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren

 

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