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Advanced Reading and Writing Strategies (Level 2: Grades 5-7)

Vanessa Roach
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In this course, students in grades 5-7 will work on advanced reading, analysis, grammar, and writing skills appropriate for the middle-school grade levels. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 7
Advanced Level
  • 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
In my classes (brick and mortar and Outschool), I work with all levels of students (IEP students, general education, and high-ability students). My goal as a teacher is to foster critical thinking and communication skills in order to help your child achieve their goals and become more proficient readers, writers, and critical thinkers. More than that, I encourage students to fall in love with learning. 

-Brick and Mortar Teacher for 7 years (current)
-Outschool Teacher for 3 years (current)
-BS in Education (Reading/English 3-12, Gifted Education 3-12, Special Education 5-12)
-Masters of Arts In English Teaching
-Certification in High Ability/Gifted Learning Strategies
-Certification in Teaching Students with Learning Exceptionalities
-SAT/PSAT Testing Administrator (5 years)
-Harkness Socratic Seminar Trained (Summer of 2023)
-Indiana Writing Workshop Trained (Summer of 2023)

I am a secondary English teacher with certifications in gifted education and special education. I have been professionally teaching for 7 years and have a masters of arts in English education. I enjoy using socratic and discussion-based learning to help students think deeply about the texts that they read.
Homework Offered
Students will have short optional writing assignments or quizzes posted to complete after class. If you would like them checked, please send them to me.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Quizzes and formative assessments
Grades Offered
Please contact me if your learner has unique learning needs. I am happy to provide accommodations.
Students should be reading at a 5th grade reading level and should be able to read independently for 15 minutes.
 2 files available upon enrollment
printouts, writing supplies, etc. Needed materials will be posted each week. It is helpful if learners have a printer, however, it is not required. Students can participate in all activities without a printer.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
All texts/content do not contain anything that would be inappropriate for students at this level. 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. All texts are posted prior to class and parents are welcome to read through them prior to class.
The teacher will provide reading sources. Each source will be available in PDF format for easy accessibility.
Joined April, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in English
Indiana Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Thank you for visiting my Outschool profile! Since I was 5 years-old, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Now, 7 years in my career, I still love it. There is nothing that I enjoy more than helping my students reach their goals and become better... 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Completed by 105 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-12
3-9 learners per class

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