A Year of 6th/7th Grade Language Arts: Semester 1

During the first semester of this year long course, learners will write a research report, a character analysis essay, and a narrative essay and read and discuss the novels The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and How to Catch a Tiger.
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55 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 15 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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I have been teaching language arts courses to homeschoolers both online and locally for six years. I have a deep passion for the written word and have been a voracious reader of literature my entire life. I love breaking down the process of writing into manageable steps and witnessing anxious and hesitant writers bloom into confident writers who love to write.  I have led book clubs to middle school aged youth for years and have a particular enthusiasm for books that build understanding and empathy as well as appreciation for other cultures. I have had a wonderful time teaching creative writing courses, taking learners from the very beginning of character and world building, through plot planning, all the way to completing the writing of a full story. Some of my students have won first place awards for their stories in county fairs and local contests. 
Each week, learners will have assigned reading chapters and possible writing homework.
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba
When You Trap A Tiger, by Tae Keller

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will be assessed through in class participation and written assignments 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind Common Sense Media for Parents:
Parents need to know that The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an inspiring true story and perfectly paced biography of a teen's journey to build a windmill to power his home in famine-stricken Malawi. William Kamkwamba's education could've ended when he had to drop out of school during a drought. Instead, his is a riveting story of how fierce determination, a thirst for knowledge, and a little luck can change a life and an entire village. That William came up with the idea of a power-generating windmill without seeing one before is a remarkable contrast to readers' world, where internet searches can bring up endless blueprints, and building it entirely from junkyard scraps offers a different perspective on innovation and opportunity. There's a lot of scientific information here that's relatively easy to understand, along with history, economics, a huge dose of inspiration, and a lot of moments that are great starting points for discussions about equity and obstacles.

When You Trap A Tiger Common Sense Media for Parents:
Parents need to know that Tae Keller's When You Trap a Tiger won the 2021 Newbery Medal. It's about an 8-year-old Korean American girl named Lily and her family. Having recently and suddenly moved away from California to be closer to her halmoni (grandmother), Lily must be brave and trap a tiger -- only this tiger is magical, and conventional traps might not work. Lily is an inquisitive, brave, and intrepid girl on a quest to uncover a mystery and save her family. The novel has fun with magical realism, Korean folklore, and the imagination of an awesome hero, and it also deals with death, family loss, and grief. There are a few tense moments with the magical tiger that might briefly scare younger readers, and a few references to a car crash that killed a father. A different father scarily yells "Shut up!" to his son at a grocery store. A girl is called a "QAG" ("Quiet Asian Girl") and ponders the stereotypical term throughout the book. An older woman mentions how "Japan and United States do wrong things" to Korea. The novel has positive themes of courage in the face of uncertainty, perseverance in the midst of despair, and personal and cultural integrity through loss and grief.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, by William Kamkwamba
When You Trap A Tiger, by Tae Keller


Amal J.
Lives in the United States
65 total reviews
25 completed classes

About Me

My sparks in life are studying and teaching writing, literature, and history. 

For the past six years, I have taught classes such as World History, American History , Language Arts, and Creative Writing to upper elementary and middle grade... 
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