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Middle School English Language Arts (ELA): Ongoing Style

Books & Beyond B: Real-World English Language Arts for Future Innovators

Lemons-Aid Learning
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(605)
Includes parent conferences. Designed for tomorrow's movers and shakers, learners develop ELA skills, the bedrock of learning, in the context of engineering, business, and the arts.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 9
Intermediate - Advanced Level
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. 

This particular class is a nod to when Mrs. Lemons was the English teacher at a STEM high school, where she saw the beauty of the STEM disciplines, held together by the language arts. As a business owner, she has an entrepreneurial spirit and thinks that teenagers have great ideas they can share with the world. 

Last, 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 who 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 can expect to have a total of 3-4 hours of homework per week, which includes 1-2 hours of project work and 2 hours of reading.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
All students receive specific feedback on their work through rubrics and traditional grades. Assessments (graded quizzes) are given on the books we read.
Grades Offered
We are intentional about putting a little pressure on students 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 can pull it off. We are building leaders who will take on the world as high achievers. Students have rubrics with clear guidelines for quality work. Teachers give feedback on students' work using the rubric, which translates to a grade. We have tried various methods of assessment throughout the years (no grades, funny words for grades, etc.), and we found that authentic evaluations with attached letter grades that are also clearly defined increase students' understanding of their learning and skill compared to an understanding, competency, or standard. Basically, all parents and students should know the answers to these questions after receiving an assessment from a teacher: 1. What is he supposed to know? 2. Does he know it? 3. How do we know? 4. What's the next step? Parents can opt out of letter grades, of course, because parents are the boss!
Learners must have access to a smartphone to record videos and do some video editing. 

饾槢饾槱饾槮 饾槈饾槹饾樅 饾槥饾槱饾槹 饾槒饾槩饾槼饾槸饾槮饾槾饾槾饾槮饾槬 饾樀饾槱饾槮 饾槥饾槳饾槸饾槬 by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
饾槇饾樀饾槹饾槷饾槳饾槫 饾槒饾槩饾槪饾槳饾樀饾槾 by James Clear
饾槢饾槱饾槮 饾槥饾槩饾樀饾槫饾槱 饾槢饾槱饾槩饾樀 饾槍饾槸饾槬饾槾 饾樀饾槱饾槮 饾槙饾槳饾槰饾槱饾樀 by Allan Wolf
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Parents can read reviews of novels here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

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
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(605)
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...
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weekly or $599 for 26 classes
2x per week, 13 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 13-16
5-18 learners per class

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