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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - A Novel Study

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(898)
In this 7 week course, students will read and analyze Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt through discussion, interactive analysis, examination of literary elements, and more!

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Students will be able to:
     - Introduce Background Information
     - Set up and Use Dialectical Journals
     - Discuss Quotes and Analyze Then
     - Determine Focuses of Readings
     - The Role of Parents to Protect Their Children
     - What role does poverty play in the development of children?
     - Identify and Analyze Symbols and Their Role in Stories
     - Analyze Tough Questions:
          - How are stories integral to familial relationships?
          - How do traditions develop and how do they help children mature?
          - When do children become adults?
          - Who has played the strongest role in Frank's life?
          - Why is the novel called Angela's Ashes?
          - How do children survive the stresses of growing up?
          - At what moment does Frank grow up?
          - Symbolism and Quote Analysis
I have taught professionally for five years but am currently taking a break to be with my children. I have taught many novels on these topics, several of which I have done through Outschool, and have plenty of resources to support our discussions and readings. 
Homework Offered
Students will need to complete weekly reading assignments and entries in the dialectical journal that we will be completing in class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need a copy of the novel which can be purchases at most book stores and also on Amazon. Here is a link to the Amazon page where you can order the novel!

There are several sensitive topics covered under Angela's Ashes. Topics include: Catholicism, alcohol, and sexuality. During class, we will talk about the true social implications of these topics and how they can be used as tools for storytelling and for developing characters and themes (morals). 
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(898)
My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught English to students as young as nine through eighteen in both Missouri and Colorado. I am a close-reading specialist and have a lot of experience teaching students close-reading strategies including... 
Group Class


for 7 classes
1x per week, 7 weeks
45 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
1-6 learners per class

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