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Books & Beyond A: Tech-Integrated English Language Arts for Future Leaders

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Lemons-Aid Learning
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Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(605)
This course blends academic excellence with project-based learning. Tailored to develop fundamental ELA skills and independence, active and engaged learners complete projects, enhancing essential technology and critical thinking skills.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 9
Intermediate Level
26 lessons//13 Weeks
ย Week 1
Lesson 1
Setting a Standard for Excellence
Lesson 2
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: True Crime!
Class Podcast: "Kids on the Case" by the website ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ. Students learn journalistic language arts, investigate crime stories, and practice voice recording and editing. The final project entails creating a podcast episode featuring an investigative story.
ย Week 2
Lesson 3
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: Research and Reading for Information
Lesson 4
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: Research and Reading for Information
ย Week 3
Lesson 5
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: Writing the Podcast
Lesson 6
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: Writing the Podcast
ย Week 4
Lesson 7
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: Recording and Presenting the Podcast
Lesson 8
Investigative Journalism & Podcasting: Recording and Presenting the Podcast
ย Week 5
Lesson 9
๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€
Learners study figurative language and poetic devices, then practice identifying their use in a classic, epic poem. Then, they imitate the style and structure of the poem to write their own, publishing it in a music video. ๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐šœ โ„™๐• ๐•–๐•ž: "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Lesson 10
๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€: Poetic Devices
ย Week 6
Lesson 11
๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€: Poetic Devices
Lesson 12
๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€: Reading & Understanding Classic Poetry
ย Week 7
Lesson 13
๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€: Video Editing
Lesson 14
๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€: Presentations
ย Week 8
Lesson 15
๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜
In a research project, students explore the literature, music, art, and historical events of their birth year and place, creating a time capsule representing this time. ๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐šœ ๐™ฝ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š•: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Œ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ by Randall Munroe.
Lesson 16
๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜: Research & Reading for Information
ย Week 9
Lesson 17
๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜: Research & Reading for Information
Lesson 18
๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜: Writing a "Thing Explainer"
ย Week 10
Lesson 19
๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜: Writing a "Thing Explainer"
Lesson 20
๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜
ย Week 11
Lesson 21
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€
Students explore the art of modern oral storytelling in the form of reels, bringing narratives from comic strips alive in our fake Instagram/TikTok. *No real social media accounts are required!
Lesson 22
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€: Story
ย Week 12
Lesson 23
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€: Adaptation
Lesson 24
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€: Recording
ย Week 13
Lesson 25
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€: Editing
Lesson 26
๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€: Presenting
Mrs. Lemons, who developed this course, has a B.A. in English Literature, a minor in Education, and a Master's in Education Administration. She has her teaching certificate and principal's license, and she is certified to teach English / Language Arts and History / Social Studies. She has many years of experience at the middle and high school levels. Further, she is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Christian University, supervising teacher candidates in their undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a teacher of teachers. All that being said, middle school is her jam! 

All teachers that teach this course also think middle school students are awesome! Further, they have English degrees and teaching certificates. They are qualified experts who love kids!
Homework Offered
Students read 100 minutes per week. They also have 1-2 hours of homework per week. This level of in-class and at-home work means they finish an entire semester of ELA in just 13 weeks.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
All students receive specific feedback on their work. We are intentional about putting a little pressure on them and teaching them how to handle that pressure. They will rise to the occasion with mental toughness and confidence because they will know what to do, how to do it, and are absolutely capable of pulling it off. We are building leaders who will take on the world as high achievers.
Grades Offered
Letter grades can be controversial, so it is good to know how we approach grading ahead of time. As I (Karen Lemons) homeschooled my children without formal tests and grades, they had difficulty adjusting to college. I realized that as a teacher, I need to give tests! Further, students on Outschool are more likely to complete their work on time if there are grades. They need to learn to perform under a little pressure, and this will bring out the best in them! Therefore, all students are formally graded, and parents have access to those grades. We use the Outschool-approved, COPPA-compliant Google Classroom LMS for this.
Students should know how to use Google products and be able to tackle extensive technology tools with perseverance as they learn new tools. 
Learners will need their own copies of the class novels. They can get a loaner from the library or use the digital library app like Libby. They can also purchase their own copies so they can mark them up: 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Crossoverย by Kwame Alexander
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

They also need to have a Google account. Parents can set Google accounts up for children under age 13 here: https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/kidaccountinfo?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=ServiceLogin
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
To do a thorough check on the novels, visit commonsensemedia.org. Students will use Outschool-approved and COPPA-compliant Google Classroom to turn in assignments. They will be graded and students will see their grades. No communication, including peer-to-peer collaboration or chatting happens on Google Classroom. 

Students need to have a Google account. Parents can set Google accounts up for children under age 13 here: https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/kidaccountinfo?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=ServiceLogin

To review our class novel parental guidance, visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Popular
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(605)
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Since Feb 2021, Lemons-Aid Learning has been one of the top 100 most popular educator groups on the platform out of 5,000 educators on the platform. We were just informed by Outschool that we have yet again retained that distinction. Students and...ย 
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$41

weekly or $525 for 26 classes
2x per week, 13 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 12-15
4-18 learners per class

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