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8th Grade Full Year Homeschool Curriculum

Dina M
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(109)
In this 80 minute - 4 Part- upbeat, action packed 8th grade level class, students will have a complete immersion experience in Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Art. Students will be taught by an experienced educator.

Class experience

US Grade 8
Students will learn how to study effectively, to ask thoughtful questions, to debate kindly in discussion, To learn about the world around them, to learn 8th grade level class work. They will learn to write literary essays, to experiment in science, to create in Art, and to push themselves to grow. 
Meet Dina McGee! She has taught and tutored students for over 20 years! She has taught a variety of ages from 3-15. Dina holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree, and enjoys tutoring students in a variety of subjects! She has designed curriculum for Preschool, 1st ,2nd, and 3rd grade. 

Her passion in University was English Literacy Arts and US History, and continues to learn more every day. She has studied world views to gain knowledge of different cultures, their values and their history. Dina believes that there are many frameworks that she can use to support her students with different interests, abilities and learning styles. She uses differentiated instruction, lectures, technology, group and individual learning, inquiry based, kinesthetic and game based learning. 

Regarding Indigenous Peoples History
Living in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska growing up, Dina learned the cultures and values of indigenous/Native Americans from a young age. Being best friends with a member of the Chinookan peoples, their family taught Dina about their values, culture, respect, and struggles (And healing ways) that they face to this day. She believes in promoting multiple perspectives to gain a full understanding of the topic. She understands the value of complete respect to their culture, and will only teach factual, helpful, and age appropriate content. 

Interesting fun fact- 
On her wedding day, her Chinookan family gifted Dina and her husband with a wedding blanket ceremony- and even played the wooden flute and the “Mother Drum” at her wedding. 

Homework Offered
Students will have homework everyday- But the homework isn't due until the next time we have the subject of the homework. So- Language arts will get assigned on Tuesdays, and the homework will be due the following Tuesday.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be assessed regularly, and will receive graded work. They will receive a grade each 9 Week Quarter.
Grades Offered
A Learner Supply List will be available after enrollment. 
Usually class is an amazing fun space. I make a point to keep it a safe space as well. In the beginning of each semester we will go over ground rules, and establish discussion guidelines. That way if something uncomfortable comes up in any situation, we have a way to deal with it. Here are my rules- 
Listen respectfully, without interrupting.
Listen actively and with an ear to understanding others' views. (Don’t just think about what you are going to say while someone else is talking.)
Criticize ideas, not individuals.
Commit to learning, not debating. Comment in order to share information, not to persuade.
Avoid blame, speculation, and inflammatory language.
Allow everyone the chance to speak.
Avoid assumptions about any member of the class or generalizations about social groups. Do not ask individuals to speak for their (perceived) social group.
It is important that students agree on the ground rules before discussion begins.

How I will handle and respond to unsolicited (and potentially highly emotional) expressions around sensitive topics - It’s important to not let feelings of sensitive topics sit and fester. If it is something that needs to be addressed- I will be using “I” statements, have a discussion without pejorative or inflammatory labels; and without judgement.I am well aware of body language, and will communicate in a warm and friendly manner. I am a big proponent of active listening, as it creates an authentic conversation.

 In all our activities when we are engaged in social play (role- play- if there is any) I will not allow anyone to portray marginalized or oppressed individuals and  students will have the opportunity to view all perspectives in the lessons, to make their own conclusions.

Peacefield History https://peacefieldhistory.com/

PBS- Video- First Peoples- Americas


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY)-






Emanuel Vigil, the Jicarilla Apache teen who introduced Michelle Obama at the Santa Fe Indian School commencement

Give Me Liberty!: An American History Sixth AP® Edition 

William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, ed. Frances Murphy
(New York: Random House, 1981)

 Colin Calloway, After King Philip’s War: Presence and Persistence
in Indian New England (Hanover: University Press of New

Library of Congress

Historic Jamestown

Colonial Williamsburg


The Washington Post


Stamped from the Beginning, Ibram X. Kendi
New York Burning, Jill Lepore

Kesler Science-
“The 5E Model is a research-based pedagogy that puts the responsibility for learning in the hands of students. Throughout the five stages - Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate - student questions drive inquiry-based learning and help them to build a scientific skill set.”

Britannica- https://www.britannica.com/video/166994/discussion-some-evidence-Earth-continental-drift
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(109)
Hello! My name is Dina, and I am excited to have you here! First and foremost, I am a mama to 4 kidlings. Most are grown and 3have left the nest, but I have 1 left at home. I love teaching kids. I love the "aha" on a child's face when they... 
Group Class


weekly or $999 for 40 classes
5x per week, 8 weeks
80 min

Completed by 10 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-15
1-15 learners per class

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