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Article of the Week: Nonfiction Comprehension, Vocabulary, & Analysis (5th-7Th)

Vanessa Roach
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In this once-weekly ongoing class, students practice nonfiction reading, writing, vocabulary, analysis, and test prep. Articles are suited for grades 5-7. Students will read the articles before class. Each class includes a post-class quiz.

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
  • Through the exploration of high-interest texts, students will learn new vocabulary, analysis skills, annotation skills, comprehension, fluency, paragraph writing, and more! CLOSE READING Close Reading is a skill that is required in order to discover more than an author’s message and what was said. In this course, we begin to concentrate on how an author conveys, persuades, evokes, and so on. In understanding a writer’s talent and craft, we improve our own ability to convey, persuade, and evoke. The following is a list of some of the devices and concepts that we will be focusing on: ∞ Finding patterns in a text through annotation ∞Analysis, including, for example, the author’s development of theme or tone through imagery, diction, syntax, choice of details, point of view, author’s use of figures of speech and sound devices ∞Noticing language choices: Students understand how writers and speakers use specific words and sentences to move the thoughts, emotions, and actions of readers and listeners. WRITING Writing is a process. Learning to write is a process. The only way to learn how to write well is through writing and writing and writing some more. Part of the process is revision. These two activities are imperative to a good writer. Students will be able to: ∞ Write well-developed and solid paragraphs ∞ Use facts, quotations, and paraphrases as support for a stated position ∞ Write thesis statements powerful enough to dictate the direction of the paper ∞ Analyze, not simply summarize ∞ Develop a voice
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)
-National Writing Project 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 must read each article before attending class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Post-class quiz
Grades Offered
Grades by request
Students should be reading at least at a beginning 5th grade reading level
All materials will be supplied
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Articles do not have any explicit content. They are appropriate for middle schoolers and are science/history/world events based. Many articles are from Scholastic, Nat Geo, or other reputable and unbiased sources.

3rd Party Sites: Google Docs (writing assignments), Google Forms (quizzes). Students will not be providing emails. I will send students a Form link and they will take the quiz (no emails required).

All texts are appropriate for the middle school grade level. Sensitive material and themes, such as racism, prejudices, tragedy, oppression, diverse cultures, etc., are handled with an unbiased approach. 
All materials will be provided
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 75 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-13
4-12 learners per class

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