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8th Grade - ELA: Fiction & Nonfiction; Reading Comprehension + Literary Response

Literature and English Language Arts; Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters. Weekly Short Stories and Nonfiction Passages; this reading comprehension and analysis class aims to bridge the gap between middle and high school; I'll present a valuable blend of genres, critical thinking skills, test-taking strategies, discussion, and a touch of response writing (short answer).
Marisa Hammond Olivares (GT, ELA, ESL, ELL, SPED)
150 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 36 learners
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

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Next on Wed Sep 7

Meets Twice per week
We, Th
3pm - 3:50pm
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Class Experience

My goal is to create a connection between prior knowledge, new knowledge, literary text, and the real world. Aside from improving reading comprehension, developing analytical skills, and encouraging higher-order thinking, I want my students to be confident with their interpretations and responses. 
Students may have some light reading and writing outside of the classroom.
Keep handy for any occasional notes. ~ Pencil and paper. ~ A traditional composition book. ~ Digital docs are fine too. *Gel pens, skinny markers, highlighters, and sticky notes are a great option for the more creative note taker.
My small group teaching style allows me to gauge my students' learning during each session. However, on occasion, I will give some formalized assessments through Google Forms and other platforms.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Some texts may contain biblical allusions. These lessons will focus on text evidence and how allusions are used by authors to make a point. Therefore, I may need to reference and explain the main idea that the author is alluding to; the focus will be on literary analysis.
I use a variety of platforms in my teaching sessions. However, all links and materials will be provided through the Outschool Classroom. On occasion, I do use Google Forms, Google Slides, Kahoot, Quizizz, Quizlet, FlipGrid, and Padlet.


Marisa Hammond Olivares (GT, ELA, ESL, ELL, SPED)
Lives in the United States
Certified ELA Teacher; Master juggler of diversity, empathy & metaphors
150 total reviews
167 completed classes

About Me

My English courses are centered around thought-provoking critical reading skills, effective writing, and verbalizing one's interpretation of a literary text. I believe in living, laughing, and learning. With this said, my learning goals are for my... 
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