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6th/7th Grade Semester English Language Arts II

Amy Snook M.A. English
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During this 16 week semester we will read, analyze, and write about literature and expository texts using the skills and objectives taught in grades 6-7 English Language Arts classrooms.

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 7
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
32 lessons//16 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Acquainting students with class procedures/discuss Final Project/SMART goals
Lesson 2
Literary Terms/Costas Question Levels
Reviewing Literary terms/Costas levels
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Characteristics/Parts of Speech/vocab.
Lesson 4
Science Fiction/Poetry Intro
Character Development/Poetry Terms
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Billy Collins~Poetry
Poetry analysis/phrases v clauses/vocabulary
Lesson 6
Judith Viorst~Poetry
Poetry analysis/write summary
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Ex. characterstics/grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 8
Grammar Review
Grammar Practice/vocabulary and grammar assessment
 Week 5
Lesson 9
The Giver
Distopian Literature/grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 10
The Giver
Character development
 Week 6
Lesson 11
The Giver
Plot development/grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 12
The Giver
Creating Suspense
 Week 7
Lesson 13
The Giver
Character development cont./grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 14
The Giver
Plot development cont.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Socratic Seminar~The Giver
Lesson 16
Ken Nesbitt~Poetry
Poetry analysis/vocabulary and grammar assessment
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Expository Article
Expository characteristrics/central idea/bias/grammar
Lesson 18
All Summer in a Day
Short story characteristics
 Week 10
Lesson 19
All Summer in a Day
Character and plot development/grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 20
Character Analysis
Comparing and Contrasting
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Amanda Gorman~Poetry
Poetry analysis/grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 22
Expository Article
Expository characteristrics/central idea/bias
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Robert Frost~Poetry
Poetry analysis/grammar/vocabulary
Lesson 24
e.e. cummings~Poetry
Poetry analysis
 Week 13
Lesson 25
Cumulative review of grammar and vocabulary
Lesson 26
The Land Lady
Short story/plot and character development/grammar/vocabulary
 Week 14
Lesson 27
The Land Lady
Short story/plot and character development
Lesson 28
Exopsitory Article
Expository characteristrics/central idea/bias
 Week 15
Lesson 29
Grammar Review
Vocabulary games
Lesson 30
Vocabulary Review
Grammar games
 Week 16
Lesson 31
Share Final Projects
Observe/listen/reflective writing
Lesson 32
Share Final Projects
  • Students will be able to: ~identify the genre of a text ~identity the seven plot elements ~identify and discuss the various elements of character development ~identify tone and mood using citations from the text ~make inferences from the text using correct citations from the text ~identify various literary devices and elements and analyze their impact on the plot and character development ~identify the internal and external conflicts various characters experience ~identify and differentiate between types of conflict: man vs, man/man vs. self/man vs. nature ~write brief summaries of specific passages of the text ~compare and contrast characters in a text and in multiple texts ~identify the narrator's point of view (perspective) first, second, or third person ~identify the topic and theme of a text ~evaluate the validity of a thesis in a non-fiction text ~write essay responses to higher-level comprehension questions about a text
I am a certified English Language Arts teacher with 25 years of teaching experience. I approach sensitive topics in texts by modeling sensitivity and maturity during open discussions with students.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students will have homework assignments after each class consisting of a reading assignment and a writing assignment. They will also have a creative final project, such as a one-pager, a poster, a painting, a writing, etc.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Students are assessed with vocabulary/grammar quizzes, Socratic Seminars, and the Final Project.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: I respect the opinions each student/family has about the pros/cons of grading. Families may choose to have no grade given for the class/course or to have a grade given based on the following: ~attendance 10% ~participation (discussions and completion of class work in order to be an active participant in each class meeting) 35% ~homework 35% ~final project 20% Quiz and Socratic Seminar grades are incorporated into the participation and homework grade for the date of the assessment. Additionally, quiz grades are shared as part of the four-week update email I send to the adult regarding the learner's progress.
~the ability to print out various handouts provided by teacher, or student may draw/write/copy the handouts (graphic organizers) on their own paper 
~highlighter/pencil for annotating (or familiarity with digital annotation tools if using digital copy of text) 
~notebook for taking notes (or digital method of note-taking) 
~misc. items as needed based on student's choice for final project (poster board, markers, other art supplies) 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will need a hard copy, or digital copy, of the novel listed above to read and annotate.  I will give students digital access to the poems, short stories, and essays/articles we read.
Joined July, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
North Carolina Teaching Certificate in English/Language Arts
Hello Learners! My name is Amy Snook, and I have been teaching for twenty-five years. I love helping students reach their learning goals by making classes fun and engaging. Whether I am teaching high school students how to analyze and make... 
Group Class


for 32 classes
2x per week, 16 weeks
60 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
3-12 learners per class

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