|Start / End Dates||September 8 - December 15|
|Day / Time||Wednesdays, 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 11am MT / 10am PT|
|Class Size||2-10 learners|
|Both Books||$350 Per Student|
|Class + Project add-on||$400 Per Student|
|Merciful Crow only||$200 per Student|
|Faithless Hawk only||$200 per Student|
“Read and Discuss: The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk
Margaret Owen’s powerful duology explores timely themes like social stratification, privilege, oppression, and power in a setting filled with plagues, magic, ingenuity, and leadership.
Set in a world with a strict caste system based on birds, with Phoenixes, Peacocks, and Swans at the top, Pigeons and Sparrows as commoners, and Crows at the very bottom, this world is both like and unlike our own, depending on the lens you see with. Although they are despised, only the Crows can bring mercy to those dying of the Sinner’s Plague because they are immune to this scourge, so they are tolerated for the service they render to the kingdom… barely.
Can such a corrupt and oppressive system be reformed and fixed? Or does it all need to burn down?
Participants in the July 2021 Summer Book club – The Merciful Crow – will receive an enrollment discount!
Students will have the option to do a project related to this material by signing up for the optional feedback add-on. Project work may start at any time, but project feedback and revisions will happen after the listed end date of this class.
If you want to do only one book plus a project, there is an option to purchase that on the enrollment page.
Live meeting: 1 hour per week
Reading load: Approx. 50 pages per week. Time varies based on reading speed.
Class meets for 1 hour on Wednesdays at 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 11am MT / 10am PT
|9/8||Ch. 1-4 – Start The Merciful Crow|
|10/20||Review The Merciful Crow|
|10/27||Ch. 1-4 – Start The Faithless Hawk|
|11/24||No class – holiday|
|12/15||Review The Faithless Hawk|
This will be a highly interactive, discussion-oriented class taught in a style similar to a college seminar. We will spend three weeks on each major section of the book. Students should read the assigned sections before class and come ready to discuss and reflect.
This class has an optional add-on to do a final project related to a course topic that will receive guidance and feedback from me. If you sign up for this add-on option, we will schedule a separate meeting for individual work and feedback.
- Reading skills to regularly read and finish two fiction books of 380 pages each.
- Ability to interact constructively and respectfully in a 1 hour live discussion-oriented class
- Ability to express ideas coherently through voice or text
- Ability to engage constructively and respectfully with ideas that are controversial or challenging
- 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
- Social Studies / Social Justice: understanding about oppression, social stratification, trauma, privilege.
- Project skills (optional): planning, brainstorming, executing project. Specific skills vary depending on project topic and medium.
Evaluation and assignments:
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-structured social environment.
Completion certificates may be issued if requested at the start of the course.
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 is a YA book that is generally appropriate for teens. There are serious depictions of oppression, oblique references to rape (not explicitly described), some graphic descriptions of violence and injuries (appropriate to context and age level), loss of parent/loved ones, fear of death/dying. Romance is present, with one tastefully described consensual and positive sex scene and several references to romance of heterosexual and same-gender pairings.
A usable copy of The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk, by Margaret Owen
Paper copy, digital book, and audible book are all acceptable.
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.
Students doing the project add-on will have the option to communicate with me through Zoom, Discord, or email.
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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