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5th/6th Literature & Writing: English Language Arts Mini-Semester

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Melissa L. - Registered IEW Instructor
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(329)
During this 8-week course, students will study the basics of literary analysis, participate in weekly Socratic discussions focused on the five elements of a story, and learn the writing methods of IEW's "Structure and Style".

Class experience

Writing Goals:
*IEW Units 1 & 2 - Students will learn how to create "keyword outlines" and develop this skill into creating their own outlines. From there, students will be able to take their outlines and begin creating paragraphs.
*IEW Unit 3 - Students will begin to retell stories through one and two paragraph mini-essays.v During the essay writing process, students will be introduced to multiple "dress-ups" (who/which, quality adjectives, strong verbs, "-ly" words, because, wwwasia) that will strengthen their writing skills and make them better writers. We will be using fiction for this section of the class.

Reading Goals:
*Create a love, or at least an appreciation, for reading literature.
*Students will begin to recognize, analyze, and understand the five basic elements of a story: conflict, plot, setting, character, and theme.
*Students will be able to present and communicate their ideas regarding the books they've read and share their opinions in a Socratic seminar.
As a lifelong learner, I too am always striving for growth. After years of using the IEW curriculum, I decided I wanted to share what I had learned with others and became a registered instructor with IEW. (Link for verification: https://iew.com/events-classes/instructors/find-accredited-instructor/330449) I have also been a tutor (teacher) for a local classical co-op, studied through literature seminars, and attended practicums to enhance my own reading and writing knowledge. 
I am also a certified TESOL/TEFL/EYL teacher, professional writer, beta reader, proofreader, editor, and homeschool mom. I have a love for the English language (I have the BA in English to prove it), the smell of new books, and transferring ideas from mind to paper. My goal is to promote a love of learning while offering a safe and fun environment. I truly have a passion for reading and writing and would love to share my knowledge and experience with your children.  
Paper, writing utensils, and access at least one form of a writing application (Google Docs or MS Word).

All worksheets, handouts, and/or links will be sent via the classroom page as needed.

The only full-length novel we will be reading in class is "The Phantom Tollbooth." 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
At this age, it is common for students to still need help and direction at home for writing. That's okay! In this class, I encourage parental guidance when students are working at home. Some students may struggle at the beginning with balancing the concepts of class and the physical act of writing. Please know that it is perfectly fine if your child wants to dictate to you as they learn. The goal at this age is to understand the concepts. Mastery comes with continuous practice and patience as each child moves at his/her own pace. If at any point during the class you feel that your child is falling behind or needs additional help, please feel free to reach out to me directly so we can work out a plan.
Reading should be done regularly so that your child does not feel overwhelmed with having to read large amounts during one or two sittings. I will post the chapters to read in the classroom-based upon what I feel is a manageable amount for this age group. If your child struggles reading on his/her own or needs extra encouragement when reading, I suggest reading the books together or listening to an audiobook while following along.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(329)
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My name is Melissa. I am an IEW Registered Instructor, a certified... 
Group Class

$240

for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
45 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-12
3-8 learners per class

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