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 Around the World in Eighty Days

by Jules Verne


November 19, 2020 –  Ages 7-13 – Limited Availability
Register your child for this workshop, or teach it yourself with our guide and supplies!

The extremely precise, predictable Englishman Phileas Fogg shocks the Reform Club members by betting his entire fortune that he can travel around the world in eighty days. He and his French valet set sail, unaware they’re being tracked by a diligent detective, who thinks Phileas is an infamous bank robber. Is he or isn’t he? We’re not so sure, actually! Around the World in Eighty Days is a study in honor, as well as a literary trip around the world.

We’ll teach this great book to your kids in our fun, experiential workshop!

It’s like a field trip Around the World in Eighty Days!

We’ll spend three sensory, creative hours doing what the characters and author did,  and learning all kinds of valuable lessons from them!  Kids have a blast opening their LitWits Kits boxes in class, removing each item step by step in a “slow reveal,” as we talk, work, and play our way through the story’s narrative arc.

This story is the original Amazing Race, but with a French valet and lots of whist playing. In our workshop, your kids can practice their Reform Club demeanor before they sail around the world in eighty minutes — take THAT wager, Phileas Fogg! During their rapid journey they can greet customs officials in the local language, get visas in their freshly-made passports, dine on succulent fruit in an exotic port, join an acrobatic troupe in Hong Kong, and disable runaway trains in the American midwest!

What will they learn? Oh, just classical allusions, the art of imparting facts in dialogue, the pros and cons of British imperialism, the narrative arc of this story, time management skills, global geography, music and languages of other countries, key “takeaway points” about each country, and so much more!


The Details

Ages:  7-13

When: Thursday, November 19th – your choice of AM (9am-12pm PST) or PM (1pm-4pm PST)

Format:  We’ll do this on Zoom, which has been working GREAT so far! Trust us, those three hours just–well, zoom by.  And yes the kids will get to stretch, and do some things away from the screen.  Our meetings are password-protected, and we’ve taken precautions to prevent intrusions.

Prep:  None!  About 10 days prior, we’ll ship a LitWits Kit (a box containing the book and workshop supplies) to each registered child; all s/he needs to do is read the book (or listen to it). The confirmation email will include the Zoom link and other details.

Cost:  $65 for one child, or $55 if you’re registering more than one in the same session. Cost includes a LitWits Kit of everything needed for your child to participate. The box will contain:

  • the book (unpack this, then set the box aside until the workshop)
  • a personalized note to your child
  • narrative arc and creative writing worksheets
  • a book-related, nut-free snack
  • all project materials and supplies except the most basic (like crayons and scissors)
  • anything else we decide to add at the last minute!

LitWits is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop, we’ll be happy to issue a full refund. Within 30 days we’ll refund 50%, as we’ve incurred per-child costs by then. Unfortunately, we can no longer offer makeups.


. . . OR you can teach it yourself, with our LitWits Kit supplies and Explorer’s Guide!

Want to TIY? We’ll make it easy and fun!

The same LitWits Kits of supplies and materials that we send to our workshop kids can be purchased for $39 each, including first class shipping and handling. Your LitWits Kit(s) will ship no later than November 9th; please note that kit orders are nonrefundable. Once we’ve finished teaching, we’ll send you our fine-tuned, kid-tested workshop agenda.

Besides your LitWits Kit(s),  you’ll get FREE access to The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Around the World in Eighty Days, an $18 value. It’s a private web page packed with everything we did in our live workshop for this book, before the virus sent us online.  There are a few things in there we can’t do via Zoom, but you can do them at home.  The guide (which includes a printable version) will give you more fun activity ideas, worksheets, discussion starters, prop suggestions, and links to audiovisual and learning resources.  We’ll also invite you to a day-after-the-workshop live Q&A on Zoom.

If you enjoy gathering your own supplies (we sure do!) or are keeping an eye on costs (we sure are!) you can just buy access to the guide, of course.


Option 1.  Register Your Child for the Workshop 

All supplies are included! Fill out the form below, and click REGISTER. Within 24 hours you’ll get a confirmation email with everything else you need to know.  This workshop is nonrefundable.

Option 2.  Order TIY Supplies

Fill out the form below, and click ORDER.  Within 24 hours you’ll get a confirmation email with more information and your coupon code.  This order is nonrefundable.