Find Classes
Teach
Log In

There are no open spots for this class, but we found something similar!

5.0 (6) · Ages 7-9

2nd Grade Writing Curriculum (Common Core Standards): Ongoing

5.0 (2) · Ages 12-14

7th/8th Grade Ongoing Language Arts (Reading Comprehension and Writing)

5.0 (2) · Ages 11-13

7th/8th Grade Ongoing Language Arts (Reading Comprehension and Writing)

5.0 (2) · Ages 11-15

8Th Grade Homeschool Course Pre Algebra (Full Curriculum) W/ Certified Teacher

5.0 (5) · Ages 13-18

10th 11th & 12th Grade English Strategies & Drills: Grammar Writing & Reading

5.0 (1) · Ages 8-12

Readers and Writers Unite: Creative Writing Club

English

8th Grade English Language Arts With Miss Amy: Semester 2

In this 20 week course, students will receive clear instruction and practice all Common Core (USA) Standards for English, Reading, and Writing Composition.
Amy Westrick, Certified English Teacher (She/Her)
50 total reviews for this teacher
New class
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 20 weeks
12-15
year olds
2-18
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

There are no open spots for this class.

You can request another time or scroll down to find more classes like this.

Description

Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will improve reading comprehension and speed while reading excepts from literary text.
Students will improve in all Common Core (USA) English & Writing Standards for Grade 8.
I have taught Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, "A Raisin in the Sun", Tom Sawyer, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and more dealing with themes of death, racism, segregation, and uncomfortable topics to middle and high schools students 15 years. The last time that I taught a unit study of Diary of Anne Frank, I lived and worked in a Jewish community. The public school where I taught followed the Jewish Calendar. I have taught in poverty level schools and affluent schools. I have also taught in impoverished neighborhoods, and I have lived in Phoenix, Arizona, the third most populated U.S. city, where minority issues are at the forefront of every teaching day. I can teach these topics in a professional way.

I have taught middle and high school English Language Arts for 15 years. I have taught English literature and composition for advanced students preparing for private high schools with even higher aspirations of attending ivy league schools. I have taught at all grade levels from grades 4 through 12. I have tutored adult college students in these areas as well. I have taught students with minimal English and have taught seventh grade students who read at first grade level. I have achieved great success for myself while completing courses in my doctoral program.
Homework assignments should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. If the assignment is taking you longer to complete, please stop what you are doing and bring it to class the next day. You can even send me a message with a picture of where you are stuck and I will write back to you before the next class to help you. :)
Travels with Charley, Animal Farm, and The Diary of Anne Frank Screenplay all deal with themes of segregation and racism. I present material in a non-biased way and handle difficult terms head on and in a brief way. __________________________________________________ In Travels with Charley the word "drunkenness" appears. If a student brings it up, I say "What do you think it means?" Then I say okay, from now on when I read, I am going to ignore it or we can replace the word by saying "pop" or "soda". Travels with Charley also includes the "n" word. I do not condone using that word. We will not say it out loud. It is a derogatory word used to segregate people and put them down. It is unacceptable. For students who like to overly focus on the word and cannot let it go, I say, "Is that what the entire book is about? That one word?" I handle situations briefly and give brief content and only what is needed in the moment. ____________________________________________________ Animal Farm has two animals that pass away. It is sad. Students may become "sad" when they read that chapter. I acknowledge why that moment is sad and discuss that event compared to the context of the book. Then we move on. _____________________________________________________ The Screenplay of "The Diary of Anne Frank" does not elaborate on all of the events contained within the book Diary of Anne Frank. I chose this shortened version to fulfill the Drama requirements of the second semester. Students across the entire United States do read the book "Diary of Anne Frank". That book requires in depth study of the events surrounding World War II, death, segregation, and racism. Again, I present the material in a non-biased way and handle difficult terms or questions in a straightforward method. I am not a history teacher. We will look at the narration and the writing of the screen play. All 8th grade level common core choices for fiction, non-fiction, and drama present these themes. Please contact me if you have any concerns. ______________________________________________________ Non-Fiction Unit Study: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck This non-fiction book can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Travels-Charley-Search-America-Steinbeck/dp/0140053204/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=travels+with+charley&qid=1639604522&sr=8-1 Fiction Novel Study: Animal Farm by George Orwell This fiction novel can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Animal-Farm-George-Orwell/dp/0451526341/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=animal+farm&qid=1639606193&s=books&sr=1-1 I have a digital copy of the screenplay "Diary of Anne Frank" and students do not need to purchase this.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Verbal assessment with feedback will be provided throughout class.
Progress reports, quarter grades, and final grade reports can be provided to parent after parent request.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
***I have taught Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, "A Raisin in the Sun", Tom Sawyer, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and more dealing with themes of death, racism, segregation, and uncomfortable topics to middle and high schools students 15 years. The last time that I taught a unit study of Diary of Anne Frank, I lived and worked in a Jewish community. The public school where I taught followed the Jewish Calendar. I have taught in poverty level schools and affluent schools. I have also taught in impoverished neighborhoods, and I have lived in Phoenix, Arizona, the third most populated U.S. city, where minority issues are at the forefront of every teaching day. I can teach these topics in a professional way. ***

***Travels with Charley, Animal Farm, and The Diary of Anne Frank Screenplay all deal with themes of segregation and racism. I present material in a non-biased way and  handle difficult terms head on and in a brief way.  
__________________________________________________
In Travels with Charley the word "drunkenness" appears. If a student brings it up, I say "What do you think it means?" Then I say okay, from now on when I read, I am going to ignore it or we can replace the word by saying "pop" or "soda". 

Travels with Charley also includes the "n" word. I do not condone using that word. We will not say it out loud. It is a derogatory word used to segregate people and put them down. It is unacceptable. For students who like to overly focus on the word and cannot let it go, I say, "Is that what the entire book is about? That one word?"  I handle situations briefly and give brief content and only what is needed in the moment.
____________________________________________________
Animal Farm has two animals that pass away. It is sad. Students may become "sad"  when they read that chapter. I acknowledge why that moment is sad and discuss that event compared to the context of the book. Then we move on.
_____________________________________________________
The Screenplay of "The Diary of Anne Frank"  does not elaborate on all of the events contained within the book Diary of Anne Frank. 
I chose this shortened version to fulfill the Drama requirements of the second semester. Students across the entire United States do read the book "Diary of Anne Frank". That book requires in depth study of the events surrounding World War II, death, segregation, and racism.
Again, I present the material in a non-biased way and handle difficult terms or questions in a straightforward method.  I am not a history teacher. We will look at the narration and the writing of the screen play.

All 8th grade level common core choices for fiction, non-fiction, and drama present these themes. Please contact me if you have any concerns.
***

***Students must have their camera turned on. This is not a lecture type of class. Students will be encouraged to participate and usually do so easily. Your student's presence adds to the atmosphere of the class. If you student is unwilling to keep their cameras on, I will dismiss them from class. Engagement is key in student understanding and I need to see a visual to gauge your student's participation and understanding so that I may reteach a topic or review if necessary.***

Teacher

Amy Westrick, Certified English Teacher (She/Her)
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Middle & High School English Teacher -- Explorer of the World & All Things Fun -- ​ESL/K-12 & Adult Learners
50 total reviews
75 completed classes

About Me

I teach classes for grades 2-12 for NeuroDiverse and Traditional Students in the following areas:🍀
Literature & Composition;
English as a Second Language;
Reading Comprehension;
Grammar & Creative Writing; 🐌 vs 🦒
English Language Arts.

If you... 
Learn
Get The App
Download the Outschool iOS app on the App Store
©2022 Outschool, Inc.