Advanced Reading and Writing Skills and Practice (Ages 12-14)

In this course, students ages 12-14 will practice reading, analysis, grammar, and writing skills using high-interest texts. Major focal points include textual evidence, active reading, context, symbolism, annotation, and critical thinking.
213 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 6 learners

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Next on Thu May 26

Meets Once per week
11am - 11:50am

Next on Wed Jun 8

Meets Once per week
4pm - 4:50pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will be able to:
1. Determine how writers alter meaning through literary devices
2. Recognize plot elements in short stories and analyze characters
3. Identify main ideas and specific details in an article
4. Determine the difference between theme and main ideas
5. Write effective paragraphs
6. Discuss cause and effect relationships in non-fiction texts
7. Gather information and provide textual evidence
8. Construct written responses that demonstrate grade-level skills of analysis
I am a secondary English teacher with certifications in gifted education and special education. I have been teaching for 7 years and have a masters of arts in English education. I have also taught several short story units, and enjoy using discussion-based learning to help students think deeply about the texts that they read.
Students will have short optional writing assignments. If you would like feedback, please send it to me through outschool private message.
Discussion, homework, informal assessments, Gimkits, etc.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
All texts are commonly used or taught at the middle level. Some texts may have a spooky theme or reference murder/death (no gory details described). No profanity, vulgarity, etc. will be in any texts that I use.
The teacher will provide reading sources. Each source will be available in PDF format for easy accessibility.


Vanessa Roach
Lives in the United States
B.S.Ed, TESOL, MAET Inclusive & Interactive Educator
213 total reviews
288 completed classes

About Me

Thank you for visiting my Outschool profile! As my full-time career, I teach at a public school. In my classes, I work with all levels of students (IEP students, general education, and gifted students).  My goal as a teacher is to foster critical... 
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