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8th Grade MBTP English Language Arts Through Literature - Semester A - FLEX

In this 16-week flexible schedule ELA class, we will analyze 2 novels(Animal Farm & Elijah of Buxton), biography(Abigail Adams), & nonfiction(Story of Science: Einstein); write stories, letters & essays; & grammar w/ Moving Beyond the Page.
Angelia Derrick (she/her)
144 total reviews for this teacher
New class
year olds
8th grade
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 16 weeks
No live meetings

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Class Experience

Students will become more proficient at analyzing literature and improve on their writing skills.
I studied literature throughout my bachelor's program as part of the creative writing emphasis. I have been teaching middle and high school level students for several years how to analyze texts (movies and books) as well as writing essays. 
Published writer in nonfiction (articles and books) and fiction (short stories, novellas, and novels).
Writing young adult fantasy and space opera under the pen name Angelia Almos. 
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts: Creative Writing
Certificates from Institute of Children's Literature
Certificates from Institute for Writers
Students will need to read and study the texts, do the weekly activity pages, short written responses, and research and write papers/essays.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students will need a word processor to write paper assignments, a journal/notebook/google doc is recommended for journaling thoughts and extra/non-workbook assignments, a printer to print up the workbook pages or pdf editor to do them on their computer, and a cell phone with a camera or scanner to turn in workbook pages. Families will need to purchase the Moving Beyond the Page student activity pages to download. Direct links to purchase the student activity pages will be provided after enrollment. MBTP Activity Pages Semester A - $19.96 MBTP Activity Pages Semester B - $19.96 The following texts/books will be used throughout the class. Families may purchase (print, ebook, or audio) or borrow from their local library. Prices listed below were found on Amazon. Semester A: Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober. ISBN 978-0689819162. $13.69. Animal Farm by George Orwell. ISBN 9780451526342. $7.48 The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a Dimension by Joy Hakim. ISBN 978-1588341624. $27.95. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis. ISBN 978-0439023450. $7.99. Semester B: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer Watership Down by Richard Adams The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 101 Great American Poems by The American Poetry & Literacy Project Some additional art supplies such as glue, markers/crayons/colored pencil, paper, etc. will be needed for certain assignments.
This class be taken for a grade or for no-grade. 

No Grade: You can watch the recordings, do the activities along with the recordings, and read the texts. You don't need to turn anything in. 

Grade: Your grade will be determined from your homework grades, essay grades, project grades, and test grades. Projects and essays grading rubrics will be provided with the assignment. All homework, reading responses, essays, and projects must be turned in by the final day of class to apply to the student's grade. 

This is considered to be an academically rigorous course. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Google Suites: I will refer to the google suites when assigning homework, but students are welcome to use any office suite program(s) that they are comfortable and familiar with. Tests and exams will be conducted using Google Forms. 

The classroom will have a Flip where students can record and post oral presentations. 

Students will research some topics online, read articles on websites, and occasional watch an informational YouTube video to complete homework assignments. The following Moving Beyond the Page Resource List will be provided to learners to help them complete homework assignments and projects - https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/online/content/resource-list.aspx

Students will read and discuss in a matter-of-fact way the following texts which tackle some sensitive topics. Some of the topics tackled will be racism, war, murder, and violence. The books tell stories that include these elements and the students will discuss these issues in a matter-of-fact way in context to when/where it happened or is depicted as happening. It is important for learners to know that these issues exist even if they don't have a personal connection to one or any of the topics. These books are taught to middle school/secondary school aged children all over the world and are considered to be age appropriate with the knowledge of the sensitive issues that will be covered. 

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Einstein Adds a Dimension by Joy Hakim
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
This class uses the Moving Beyond the Page Ages 12-14 (8th/9th US) Language Arts curriculum. Please note we do 4 of the 5 units for the semester. This class does not include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn unit. 


Angelia Derrick (she/her)
Lives in the United States
Lover of Books and Movies
144 total reviews
304 completed classes

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"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world." - Robert McKee

My hope is to help nurture your love of stories as well as your individual voice while giving you the tools and skills you need to tell... 
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