Reading & Writing Workshops

Just $99 for each 4 week workshop!

Vocabulary Building

Vocabulary lessons and assignments utilizing words used in the text for greater understanding

Critical Thinking

Short essay assignments encourage students to bring their own experiences and world view to the texts they read.

Reading Comprehension

Quizzes and written assignments to challenge basic understanding of plot, theme, and character motivations.

Our one of a kind Reading & Writing Workshops are aimed at creating lifelong readers who excel in critical thinking and communication of ideas. Each monthly workshop will have students independently reading a portion of their selected novel and then working through a series of quizzes and written assignments to help them pull out the important themes, relate to characters and their unique motivations, and to view the work in a way that relates to the world around them, all while boosting vocabulary and compehension skills.

NOTE: The suggested grade levels listed below are not restricted. Students of all ages are welcome to choose from any of the novels that meet their needs. 

Elementary Books

Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web by EB White

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence Atwater

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Middle School Books

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Bobbitt

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Andersen

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

High School books

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemmingway

I must say that the style, the thinking challenge in particular, is quite different from what she is used to, but is exactly what I've been looking to expose her to. I only wished I found you a few months earlier!

Mom of 8th grader

I wanted to tell you that I love the Matilda class -- great set up, challenging questions, the 4-week thing is tough but good. Love it!

Mom of 4th grader

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