ICEA 2023 Winter Reading Comprehension + Writing Class

Class Instruction

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Are you looking to support reading comprehension in your child through writing and discussion? Then this is the class for them! We will be doing a thorough book analysis by asking different leveled questions. We begin with surface level questions that ensure students understand the basics of the plot. Then, we dig deeper through inquiries that focus on inferences and analyzing parts of the plot that are less obvious. By the end of the class, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the book that they demonstrate through paragraph responses.

2023 Winter Reading Comprehension + Writing Class:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

(Grades 4 – 6)

In this class, students will complete a book study on The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.  This is a great way to practice literature analysis, comprehension skills and paragraph writing.  Students will focus on:

  • Evaluating characters based on their thoughts, actions and dialogue
  • Developing vocabulary through figurative language
  • Analyzing social justice issues
  • Determining theme

Every lesson will include at least two opportunities to write to a prompt, and will end with a writing homework assignment to apply what we learned. Students will receive feedback on their homework in order to help them improve.


Instructor: Ms. Rachael


  • Tuesday @3:45 – 4:45pm PT (from 11/28/23 to 1/30/24)

Book Summary


Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

Reading Schedule

  • [November 28] Day 1: Chapters 1-6
  • [December 5] Day 2: Chapters 7-12
  • [December 12] Day 3: Chapters 13-18
  • [December 19] Day 4: Chapters 19-24
  • [January 9] Day 5: Chapters 25-30
  • [January 16] Day 6: Chapters 31-36
  • [January 23] Day 7: Chapters 37-42
  • [January 30] Day 8: Chapters 43-48

Price: $200/8 Classes



  1. The online zoom link will be sent out in the booking confirmation email as well as shown at the top of this page.
  2. All students will be invited to join a Google Classroom before the class begins.
  3. All registration is not refundable.


About the Teacher:

Rachael has been an educator for over 15 years and has been teaching ICEA writing class for more than 3 years. She currently teaches writing class in Aurora, Colorado. She received her masters in elementary education from Johns Hopkins University. Rachael is passionate about educating children and believes that every child can be successful with the right amount of support and resources. In her spare time, she likes to read, play Harry Potter trivia and bake treats from scratch.


All books we have read through and practiced writing:


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