Reading Well with Fiction

From: $93.00 / month for 3 months

Grades:  4th–6th
Live Class: Wed 4:30–5:30 p.m. ET
Dates:  Summer 1: May  19– July 2
Price: $249

Instructor:  Kristen Teaman


Course Description


Summertime is a great opportunity to focus on critical skill areas before the next school year. Jump start your child’s reading comprehension with this engaging story and fun class!

In this mini-course we will complete an in-depth study of the award-winning historical fiction Bud, Not Buddy  by Christopher Paul Curtis. I use this popular text to teach students the literary elements of fiction and reading strategies that improve comprehension skills. As a reading specialist with a master’s degree in literacy, I have learned through research and teaching that explicit instruction is essential for students to grow as readers.

For example, I use high interest picture books to model the literary elements of fiction. Students then use these models as a guide to identify the same elements in their grade-level texts. Some of the elements we will study in this seven week mini-course are characterization, point of view, theme, and tone.

I hope your student will join me on this exciting adventure with Bud Caldwell as he ventures to find the father he’s never known. We will learn about these concepts while reading about vampires, The Great Depression, food lines, and some of the best pranks out there. This book will have kids laughing one minute and feeling all of Bud’s emotions the next. This is a story about perseverance, hardship, and the importance of family. Even though set long ago, it has never been more relevant than now. I cannot wait to share one of my favorite books with my Aim Academy students.

Who should enroll?

Rising 4th–6th graders

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures


Required Texts

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis


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Instructor Bio

Kristen (Bell) Teaman

Kristen Teaman was homeschooled K–12. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Millersville University, followed by an  M.Ed. in Literacy and Reading Specialist certification from Penn State University.  Through her studies, she has gleaned multiple research-based strategies to help students develop as both readers and writers. Currently she is a 4th grade teacher at her local public school, where she has taught for eleven years. She has also taught in a variety of small group and whole group settings whether through her district or other programs. She has instructed students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade in both literacy and mathematics.

Kristen struggled in academics through her elementary years and knows what it is to fight to learn (her story is featured in her mother best-selling book The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling). She uses this experience to reach each of her students at their varied levels and to remind them that the goal is growth. Her desire is to help each student learn to love reading and mathematics. In her free time, you can find her cheering on her beloved Penn State Nittany Lions or the Pittsburgh Steelers, enjoying the outdoors, or running in her surrounding hills.

Contact: [email protected]

All classes taught by Kristen Teaman