|Behemoth Dates||July 6-27|
|Goliath Dates||August 3-24, 2021|
|Class Size||3-15 Learners|
Read and Discuss: Behemoth and Goliath (Leviathan series, Books 2&3)
Come read Behemoth and Goliath, the sequels to Scott Westerfeld’s exciting steampunk/sci-fi alternate-history of World War I! We will meet weekly to discuss this book and share our reactions and reflections in a casual, friendly group.
This class is NOT a part of the SEA Tween Book Clubs, but is a pilot for a more in-depth and active course that focuses on live discussion and interaction. It is strongly recommended that you start this class having already read Leviathan, the first book in the series, as Behemoth and Goliath continue directly from where Leviathan left off.
You may enroll in only one book if you like. Both book classes are available in a discounted bundle.
There will be an optional project feedback add-on available if you would like to do a final project for this book (e.g. essay, podcast, art piece, etc).
Here is the tentative reading schedule, with chapters listed for each live meeting. Please read these sections BEFORE the date of class and come ready to discuss them:
- July 6 Ch. 1 – 12
- July 13 Ch. 13 – 22
- July 20 Ch. 23 – 32
- July 27 Ch. 33 – 42 (end)
- August 3 Ch. 1 – 12
- August 10 Ch. 13 – 21
- August 17 Ch. 22 – 34
- August 24 Ch. 35 – 44 (end)
Time: Live meeting times on Tuesdays at 5-6pm Eastern/4-5pm Central/3-4pm Mountain/2-3pm Pacific (+Arizona)
Depends on reading speed. We will read approximately 1/4 of the book before each live meeting, which will be 1 hour long.
This class is a chance to read and discuss Behemoth and Goliath, the second and third books in the “Leviathan” series by Scott Westerfeld. Over the course of eight weeks (four for each book), we will meet weekly to reflect and discuss the book. A tentative reading schedule that splits each book into 4 parts is included on the “schedule” tab. There will also be a Discord server where readers can chat and share reflections between our live meetings (recommended). Live meetings will be recorded and made available to people who sign up for the class.
An abbreviated reading guide will be posted on Teachable when the class begins, with vocabulary lists and reflection questions for readers to think about as they read. We will discuss some of those questions along with other topics in our live meetings. Where appropriate, supplementary information will be shared about topics like geography, history, and culture.
There will be no evaluation or assignments for this class (unless you sign up for the optional feedback add-on). The goal for this class is to provide a supportive and engaging environment for reading and discussing the book in a semi-structure social environment.
- Reading skills at middle grade level
- Ability to interact constructively and respectfully in a 1 hour live discussion-oriented class
- Ability to express ideas coherently through voice or text
- Recommended: basic engagement with online space (Discord) in flexible setting
- Reading skills: comprehension, reflection, evaluation
- Discussion skills: turn taking, respectfully sharing opinions, thinking creatively
- Planning skills: doing reading segments in time for class meetings, making it to class on time
- Creative thinking: using fantastical and imaginative ideas from a book as inspiration for other creative ideas
- Project skills (optional): planning, brainstorming, executing project. Specific skills vary depending on project topic and medium.
Families and learners are invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class. Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs. Cameras and microphones are optional for this class.
This book tells an alternate version of World War I, and as such includes elements of warfare like battles, some death, injury, nationalist language, and other types of conflict. Fantastical genetically engineered lifeforms are described and included in war efforts. There is some mild swearing using British slang and German words. Some discussion of parental death in the context of character development and plot. There are some discussions of gender in the context of historically situated sexism against women/girls and norms of masculinity for men/boys. Mild flirting and romantic interest expressed and explored. Some scary situations with imminent harm threatened, some minor character death/injury. Conflict and arguments between characters, characters being angry at each other.
A readable / audio copy of the book.
Optional: any relevant materials to do project
Classes will be held using Zoom. Microphone and camera are always optional for my classes.
Discord is recommended for out-of-class discussion and engagement.
Dr. Sabrina Weiss
Dr. Sabrina Weiss specializes in developing theoretical models that represent the ethical and social dimensions of issues at the intersection of science, technology, and society.
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