8th/9th Grade Semester 1 English Language Arts

During this sixteen-week semester we will read, analyze, and write about literature and expository texts using the skills and objectives taught in grades 8-9 English Language Arts classrooms.
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60 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 16 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

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Mon Aug 29

Aug 29 - Dec 14 (16 weeks)
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2pm - 3pm

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Class Experience

Students will be able to: 
~write a five paragraph essay
~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 9-12 English Language Arts teacher with 21 years of teaching experience. I have also taught middle school. I approach sensitive topics in texts by modeling sensitivity and maturity during open discussions with students. 
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.
~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:
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 class work in order to be an active participant in each class meeting)  35%
~homework 35%
~final project 20% 
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.

Students will need a hard copy, or digital copy, of the texts listed above to read and annotate.  I will give students digital access to the poems and essays/articles we read.


Amy Snook M.A. English
Lives in the United States
Amy Snook, B.S. Ed., M.A. in English-Reading, Writing, ELA
99 total reviews
121 completed classes

About Me

Hello Learners! My name is Amy Snook, and I have been teaching for twenty-one 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... 
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