The Tween Book Club offers a selection of books across genres and topics. Participants get reading guides, activities, resources, and paper prompts.
|Class Type||Monthly Book Club|
|Start / End Dates||March 2023; Live Session March 31 at 1pm Eastern|
|Class Size||1-100 Learners|
|Enrollment||$15 Per Student|
|Enrollment with Feedback Add-On||$45 Per Student|
About this Book
A middle grade contemporary fantasy that follows a young boy as he journeys across China to seal the underworld shut and save the mortal realm.
Zachary Ying never had many opportunities to learn about his Chinese heritage. His single mom was busy enough making sure they got by, and his schools never taught anything except Western history and myths. So Zack is woefully unprepared when he discovers he was born to host the spirit of the First Emperor of China for a vital mission: sealing the leaking portal to the Chinese underworld before the upcoming Ghost Month blows it wide open.
The mission takes an immediate wrong turn when the First Emperor botches his attempt to possess Zack’s body and binds to Zack’s AR gaming headset instead, leading to a battle where Zack’s mom’s soul gets taken by demons. Now, with one of history’s most infamous tyrants yapping in his headset, Zack must journey across China to heist magical artifacts and defeat figures from history and myth, all while learning to wield the emperor’s incredible water dragon powers.
And if Zack can’t finish the mission in time, the spirits of the underworld will flood into the mortal realm, and he could lose his mom forever. (Goodreads synopsis)
Book Club Overview
Are you looking for a low-pressure way to include reading? Do you want supplemental reading guides focused on understanding and vocabulary? Would you like project and paper prompts themed around books? Does your learner like to meet with others to discuss what they’ve read?
Dr. Sabrina Weiss and Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason are excited to bring you this and more in the SEA Tween and Teen Book Clubs!
The supplemental components of these Book Clubs brings these up to the level your students would get in middle school and high school literature classes.
At the same time, your family is free to pick and choose how much you use, so you can adapt each Club to fit your own schedule and time constraints. Each of these has suggested writing assignments that are thought-provoking, helping students dig deeper and investigate concepts more fully.
For an additional cost, Sabrina and Michelle will provide students with meaningful feedback that focuses on their strengths and challenges. Feedback will be given for rough and final drafts of projects and papers included in the class materials.
Class materials are housed on Teachable. Learners will use Zoom and the online classroom for interactive components. Those using the Feedback Add-On will use Google Drive and/or Dropbox to submit assignments.
The purchase of the online class component includes the following:
The amount of time really varies by student and how much they want to participate. Those who want to do all activities, explore all resources, and participate in online discussions leading up to the live meeting could easily spend 4-5 hours a week on the class.
Those who just want to read the book and show up to the live session may spend 2-3 hours per week.
Live Sessions Meet on Zoom
We’ll meet live on March 31 at 1pm Eastern / 12pm Central / 11am Mountain / 10am Pacific Time.
This book is generally age-appropriate for middle-grade/tween readers.
Some action-cartoon levels of fighting and violence (like Yu-Gi-Oh or other younger shonen anime/manga). Historical references to: rulers who did bad things in war and to their families, murder, enslavement, oppression. Open and honest discussions about modern-day oppression and discrimination against ethnic minorities and religious groups. Fear of losing parent, grief over dead parent. Age-appropriate occasional reflections on romantic attraction. Peer bullying. Discussions of betrayal by friends, emotional reactions to negative interactions.
To participate successfully in class, learners will need the following:
- A copy of the book Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao (ISBN: 9781665900706). Borrowed, used, and audio formats will work.
See here for more edition information.
- Microphone and camera for in-class participation
- Zoom (free account)
- PDF reader for accessing materials
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.
Dr Sabrina Weiss teaches high quality courses that work great for gifted and twice exceptional students. They have excellent skills in engaging their students in the online learning environment. They teach at an appropriately challenging level that draws in their gifted learners. Their emotional intelligence shows in how they coach gifted and twice exceptional students through moments of struggle and through the occasional challenging social interaction. They appropriately reach out to parents and partners with them in supporting the success of their students. Overall, I highly recommend them. Clearly, they care deeply about their students and they have the skills to help them learn and to set them up for success. -K. B.
Appropriately challenging level that draws in their gifted learners
Seamlessly blending academic rigor, complex real-world issues, and individual experiences, Dr. Weiss’s classes are engaging, eye-opening, and most of all, fun. Dr. Weiss’s teaching has a strong interpersonal focus, both on the macro level, examining societal issues, and on the micro level, fostering relationships and discussion between students. Dr. Weiss is one of the most intelligent, eloquent, and supportive teachers I’ve ever had, and I can think of nobody I would trust more to tackle complex issues in a relatable, student-and-community-focused way. -K. R. (Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers class)
Blending academic rigor, complex real-world issues, and individual experiences
Dr. Weiss both understands learner support needs and provides rigorous, engaging, ethical class discussions. I have a twice-exceptional kiddo who has a lot of anxiety around speaking, Dr. Weiss met him where he was at; he now more confidently expresses himself in groups. Classes always tackled “big” ideas, they definitely scratched my child’s itch for meaningful, deep discussion. -B.E.
Meaningful, deep discussion
I just feel like everyone should know how incredible these classes are
We have thoroughly enjoyed ancient history with Sam Matalone Cook and would love to continue following the history courses under her instruction. Michelle’s writing workshop was a welcomed addition to our semester and the ease of adding on a quick workshop to the semester was appreciated. I do wish that I could take classes, too. The great selection makes me jealous; Fairy Tales and Feminism would be so incredible to join in and to learn with Sam! And the LGBTQ+ history and US courses! Blair’s enthusiasm for science comes across strongly and is encouraging for the young learners. So many great classes- so little time.
Sheila and Elisa
So many great classes- so little time.
From homeschooling parent classes to learn how to best guide our learners to outsourcing subject classes with passionate teachers, SEA Online Classes have been a vital part of our homeschooling journey. I am so grateful for the variety of subjects offered and for the wonderful team making it all happen. We are happy to support SEA online classes, where we hope to be learning for years to come! Outsourcing some of our subjects has been a positive change to our homeschooling curriculum. It has allowed myself and children to stay on target this year and I’m very appreciative of the teachers and this forum for our learning. Sheila
I am so grateful for the variety of subjects offered and for the wonderful team making it all happen
SEA online classes have a way about them that ENCOURAGES my child in a way that I know that EVERY instructor will bring my child to life, and empower my child to work harder as she WANTS to do her best. I never worry about a teacher who shames or uses cohesion in class. That is a gift! SEA has teachers of very high character and professionalism.
SEA has teachers of very high character and professionalism
Biology 2 has been a well structured class. The course content and materials cover the subject well and the weekly meetings have been welcomed for continuity. Blair’s enthusiasm for the subject comes across strongly and is encouraging for the young learners. Sheila and Elisa
Biology 2 has been a well structured class
From the student: The instructors made the material, which might sound bland and boring, super fun. Blair is an exciting teacher who is clearly very enthusiastic about her work.
From the parent: Blair is very supportive of her students and was prompt with communication if we ever needed anything outside of class hours. I would recommend her classes to anyone!
Rachel and Carlos
Blair is an exciting teacher who is clearly very enthusiastic about her work.
Blair really brings the subject to life when she teaches. My daughter can’t help but be so excited about the topic she is hearing about from Blair! Marine Biology has such amazing nuances on the amazing creatures of the ocean. I found myself wanting to listen in on my daughters class, as I LOVED hearing so many cool things about kelp, and endangered species. My daughter leads the way when it is time for this class. (and not all her classes) She gets to class early to chit chat and see her instructors and LOVES learning in such a safe, and fun environment. Colleen and Millie