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Classic Short Story Course: 1830s-1950s Mark Twain, Mary Shelley, and more

In this 12-week course, students will study acclaimed short pieces of classical literature.
Yolanda Newton
26 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 12 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will read short pieces from classic writers

Students will deepen their understanding of literary devices 

Students will practice a variety of writing form

Students will analyze short literary pieces
The instructor, Yolanda Newton, is a licensed teacher with over 15 years of instructional experience, including World History, Sociology, American History, Reading, and English Language Arts. Her academic background includes sociology, history, women's studies, teaching theory, and Distance Learning Education. Mrs. Newton has taught History, Sociology, and English Language Arts for High School level students both in a traditional classroom setting and online, for an accumulation of over 10 years. Her experience includes working with Gifted students, multi-exceptional students, and special education. In addition to standard classes, Mrs. Newton has taught gifted and Advanced Placement Humanities classes. As a life-long learner, Mrs. Newton has participated in several subject-specific enrichment courses. For example, she attended a summer research event hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, where she focused on studying the Antebellum South. She continues to improve and grow as an educator and student and is currently enrolled in post-graduate classes to sharpen her skills in Distance Education. 
Students will receive assignments in-between classes to help deepen their understanding of the piece they are working on. These assignments vary from week to week but may include a short creative or expository writing assignment, completing sheets based on figurative language, the creation of something simple like a drawing/illustration of the story setting, or something similar.
Students will be provided copies of the stories, when allowable. Alternatively, they will be directed to where they can access the piece online for free. Most weeks students will have something to print for classwork. However, printing is not mandatory, and students can use a notebook and pencil/pen instead.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
These classic pieces have different subject matter, the authors take different approaches, and present in different styles. Some things students may read references to throughout the course include death, animal attack, abuse, specters, and murder. Some stories deal with the topics of racism, inequality, sexism, and war. The depth of description is fairly minimal as would be expected based on the publication dates of these pieces, ranging from 1830s to-1950s.

>> If students have questions about sensitive or triggering topics discussed in a short story or class material, how will you handle it?

These classes are not designed to be persuasive, moralistic, or ideological. However, sometimes students may bring up questions or comments inspired by the class’ material. All students have a right to feel comfortable in their class environment, all students have a right to be respected in their class, and all students have a right to ask questions and bring up topics that arise based on our class. I will work to foster an environment where all students feel comfortable expressing themselves.

Students will learn that they can see things differently than others, and even the instructor, based on their own lived experiences--and that it is completely fine! Students will be told that it is to be expected that they have different opinions, reactions, and questions than others. As a soft skill embedded in the class, students will learn how to coexist in a classroom that is reflective of the community they will enter in the future--diverse.

I will allow all students to ask questions and express their point of view as long as it is 
- done in a respectful manner, which aligns with appropriate behavior in an academic setting, and 
- is not aimed to inflict malice towards any individual or group of people, and 
- is accurate according to currently known facts (if it is based on something like history or science).

While I do not anticipate any issues, I can share how I would handle them if they arise. 

> If a student asks a question, I will address it to the best of my ability. If it's something I don’t know the answer to, I’ll let them know that I will research it. 

> If a student expresses an opinion, they’ll be commended, and others will be allowed to express their thoughts as well. 

> If the nature of the question or statement is personal, I will encourage them to reach out to me privately on the Outschool platform. 

> If the topic sparks a conversation that becomes heated, I will use the tactics I have successfully used for years in educational settings to diffuse the situation and end the discussion. 

> If students want to have a longer, more in depth discussion, it might trigger me to create a one-time class to allow for fuller discussion and expression for those who would like to participate. 
We will refer to the stories listed within the course description. 


Yolanda NewtonFormer traditional school teacher with experience in grades K through 12
26 total reviews
25 completed classes

About Me


My name is Yolanda, and I am a professional educator with experience teaching students from kindergarten through 12 grade-level in the classroom. During that time, I worked with all kinds of students, including students with various... 
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