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Building Reading Skills with National Geographic and Ted Talks

Practice reading skills through Cengage's National Geographic and Ted Talk Project-based Curriculum.
Shiren Rattigan (Colossal Academy)
29 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course 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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Class Experience

Reading Skills and Writing Skills:

Week 1:
Understanding main ideas and key details
Recognizing attitude
Identifying facts and opinions 
PROJECT-Planning a 30 day challenge

Week 2:

Understanding main ideas and key details
Understanding the states in a process
Summarizing main ideas 
Critical thinking- Questioning the speaker and Reflection on own experience
PROJECT- Researching and presenting examples of adaptations 

Week 3:

Understanding main ideas and key details
Recognizing point of view
Comparing messages 
Critical thinking- Reflecting ones own style
PROJECT- Researching for a poster session clothing

Week 4:
Understanding main ideas and key details
Summarizing ideas using concept maps
Recognizing attitude 
Critical thinking- applying ideas to ones own experience
PROJECT- Researching for a talk about an unusual structure

Week 5:
Understanding main ideas and key details
Recognition tone and message
Summarizing ideas using a process diagram
Critical thinking- Making predicition and interepreting meaning
PROJECT- Researching and presenting on the human-animal conflict

Week 6: 
Understanding main ideas and key details
Understaning sequence 
Summarizing main idea
Critical thinking- Analyzing a problem 
PROJECT-Creating a design for a new robot 

I am a Montessori Middle School teacher. In addition to being in the classroom for 8 years, I have taught and worked in Europe, Latin America. I have a flare and excitement for life that I translate with my students. I have had 7 years of experience working with adolescents students and I  know what keeps the fire burning and thirst for knowledge while their bodies and minds are going through so many changes.  This particular curriculum is a crowd-pleaser. 
Learners will be completing projects for presentation during class. Homework time depends on the students' desire for deeper understanding. For some 1-2 hours per week is sufficient while others might be 6-10 (especially with the design portions). Students will be expected to finish any work that was not done during class. 
All curriculum materials will be provided by the teacher. Students are expected to provide some materials to take notes and any project materials they might want to use at home (poster board, notebook, google slides, etc). Additionally, students will need to print out the packet.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Project-Based Assessments will be provided along with project rubrics. 
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Shiren Rattigan (Colossal Academy)
Lives in the United States
Certified Middle School Teacher ELA and Social Studies
29 total reviews
49 completed classes

About Me

I'm Ms. Shiren! 

I am an International IB Teacher. Our family has worldschooled for over 8 years. Along my journey, I have created Colossal Academy, a farming micro-school. I enjoy watching the learning process for students age 9-14. Adolescence... 
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