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Book Talk: Out of the Dust

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Anne Q. Campbell
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(166)
In this 4-week online course, learners will read and analyze the novel Out of the Dust (1997) by Karen Hesse, focusing on comprehension, critical thinking, and literary elements through collaboration and activities. #academic

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Students will improve their understanding of literary analysis and reflect on what they read to see the relevance of the book's elements to their own lives. Our focus will be on character, setting, theme, connections, language, plot, and other literary elements utilizing the novel Out of the Dust.
Hello! I am a certified English/Language Arts teacher and believe in embracing the “light bulb” moments of discovery that happen both in and out of the classroom. My goal is to make learning relevant to students’ interests by providing unique and fun ways to strengthen reading and writing skills, explore literature, and learn about our world.

Classes I offer on Outschool include creative writing, essay writing, literature studies, phonics, and reading skills. I also offer private tutoring, catered to your learner's needs, for all ages.

My classes are designed around the idea that kids can learn language arts through creative projects and real-world experiences. Literature and writing are more meaningful when students can relate them to their own lives and what is going on in the world around them. 

From the time I was a child, I always wanted to be a teacher. I am a certified English teacher with classroom experience (grades 6-12) in Texas and South Carolina, in addition to substitute teaching for all grade levels (K-12) and special education classes. I have a BA degree in English from College of Charleston and 30+ postgraduate hours. I am TESOL certified and taught ESL classes online to students in China for 4 years. I am also certified in Early Reading Training through the Tennessee Department of Education. I have homeschooled my 3 children for over 20 years, and I teach literature, writing, and public speaking classes to other homeschool students. 

As part of my Bachelor of Arts in English and postgraduate studies, I successfully completed college courses related to adolescent literature and development. I completed coursework in African American literature and African American history as part of my degree program. I received 4 professional development hours for the 2021-2022 Facing History Community Read Workshop, "Teaching Brown Girl Dreaming," through Facing History & Ourselves. I attended a follow-up seminar with author Jacqueline Woodson--"Brown Girl Dreaming: Exploring Identity and Belonging with Jacqueline Woodson."

I have taught many works of literature, including some with 'sensitive' content, to students in a classroom setting. As with almost any work of literature, many themes and plot details can be controversial, and my role as an educator and facilitator in the classroom is to guide students to deal with these topics within the scope of their literary relevance. 

I taught the 'Pace' program for at-risk students for the Southwest Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. I also completed a training program as a high school teacher, becoming certified as a 'Natural Helper' faculty mentor.

In addition to my training and experience, I love children's and young adult literature and enjoy using 'fun' books to teach important language arts skills using a cross-curricular approach. Outside of my classroom, I enjoy Pokémon, watching movies, and backyard chicken farming! 

One of my greatest joys is working with students and motivating them to enjoy learning. As the mom to 3 children, I am very patient and encouraging! My goal as a teacher is to make learning memorable, fun, and rewarding. If you have any thoughts about how I can customize a class for your learner, please send me a message. I’m always looking for ways to accommodate learners. I'm looking forward to meeting you in the classroom! :)
Homework Offered
Learners will read about 55 pages per week, prior to meeting for class: Week 1- Winter 1934-Spring 1934 Week 2- Summer 1934-Autumn 1934 Week 3- Winter 1935-Spring 1935 Week 4- Summer 1935-end
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Note for sensitive readers: according to Common Sense Media, "Billie Jo accidentally sets her mother on fire by throwing a bucket of kerosene on her. One graphic scene explicitly describes her burns. She dies, as does her newly born baby boy, and Billy Jo's hands are disfigured in the accident."

Please see Common Sense Media's review here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/out-of-the-dust

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(166)
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Hello! I am a certified English/Language Arts teacher and believe in embracing the “light bulb” moments of discovery that happen both in and out of the classroom. My goal is to make learning relevant to students’ interests by providing unique and... 
Group Class

$60

for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
45 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
2-6 learners per class

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