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Answering Questions: The Middling Way! (Grades 3-5)

This is an 8-week multi-day class where the student in the upper elementary (grade 3-5) will meet the grade level writing common (writing, grammar, spelling, punctuation) core standards as it is the next step from "Answering Questions the Easy Way!!"
Michelle Dragalin, Me.D, E.dS Certified Educator
20 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learner 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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Tue Aug 16

Aug 16 - Oct 5 (8 weeks)
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10am - 10:50am
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
The students will write a structured paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting details, and a closing sentence, as well as use punctuation such as commas, apostrophes, and quotation, and marks appropriately to a given topic. This will give an indication of the student’s writing skills. During the class, the student will improve their vocabulary by understanding and using synonyms, antonyms, and homophones, in addition to identifying prefixes and suffixes. The student will continue to practice and write descriptions, and persuasive texts and develop their research skills to write an information report
As a dedicated educator with experience in teaching children (birth-eighth grade) with special needs, preschoolers, and my children. I know that writing is an important skill, particularly grammar, which are the rules of a language governing the sounds, words, sentences, and other elements, as well as their combination and interpretation. In addition, I have worked with students (adults and children) who are second language learners, where grammar is difficult to learn. In addition to being a certified elementary education teacher (K-8) and licensed special education, I am certified (TESOL and TEFL) to teach students whose English is their second language. I have a BA in Elementary Education, a BS in Special Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Ed.S in Education.    The word grammar also denotes the study of these abstract features or a book presenting these rules of writing, which includes writing sentences that involve complete throughs involving grammatically correct sentences can be hard. I have worked with students who have limited literacy and language for over 30 years in public schools. I worked with speech therapists to develop students' individual education plans in part, to help them learn to write, specifically to help them develop their language skills and give them a foundation for reading and writing. In addition, as a certified TEFL and TESOL teacher, I have received training in grammar, idioms, writing, and vocabulary development.  I generally prefer one on one or in small groups as much as possible.  This allows me to get to know the students and their needs.  Grammar skills are something that students need to learn in a sequential manner. Traditional grammar is a sort of mental exercise in a purely abstract subject, but functional grammar is linked with speech, reading, and writing.  Traditional grammar is taught formally, and functional grammar is taught incidentally.  There are two main approaches to teaching grammar. These are the deductive and the inductive approach. I have received training as an elementary and special education teacher to help students learn various grammar skills. While I use worksheets to provide examples of lessons, I have been trained to teach grammar by encouraging and promoting reading and writing. This course will be based on techniques and skills that I found useful in helping students learn to write and answer questions. In addition, I have worked as a freelance writer and copy editor for 10 years as well as taught English skills at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for over 30 years. During my years as a teacher and now, as a freelance writer and editor, I have also tutored students who need to improve their writing skills for pre-K and post-graduate level papers.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Written Text for each unit
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The students will supply their own research materials. I will teach them how to look for their information and provide examples of the text that I have created for this class.
In addition, the students will use a passcode for their own Google Docs and Slides. 
The students will use passcoded Google docs and sheets where they will keep their written texts.


Michelle Dragalin, Me.D, E.dS Certified Educator
Lives in the United States
Outschool Literacy Teacher
20 total reviews
34 completed classes

About Me

"Teaching is a process of learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where you learn and develop new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies."
"Teaching comes from the heart!"

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