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Complete Homeschool English/Language Arts for 7th/8th Grade, Semester 1

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Julie Willis
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This semester-long full ELA curriculum is great for homeschooling families. Includes writing, grammar, and reading. Appropriate for seventh or eighth grade. (2x/wk)

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 8
3 units//28 lessons//14 Weeks
Unit 1The City of Ember
10 lessons5 Weeks
The City of Ember
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to City of Ember
In this lesson, we will preview the novel City of Ember and learn some key vocabulary terms learners will encounter in their reading.
Lesson 2
Master Your Use of Verbs
Learners will be able to identify action verbs and helping verbs--and use the correct verb tense in their writing.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
City of Ember chapters 1-4
City of Ember chapters 1-4
Lesson 4
When a Noun or Pronoun is a Subject or an Object in a Sentence
Learners will be able to identify subject nouns and pronouns and object nouns and pronouns in sentences.
 Week 3
Lesson 5
City of Ember chapters 5-9
City of Ember chapters 5-9
Lesson 6
Writing Complete Sentences
Learners will check sentences for a subject and verb and write simple sentences. In addition, we will add adjectives and adverbs to simple sentences to make them more descriptive
 Week 4
Lesson 7
City of Ember chapters 10-14
City of Ember chapters 10-14
Lesson 8
Prepositional Phrases
Learn how to use prepositional phrases to write more interesting sentences.
 Week 5
Lesson 9
City of Ember chapters 15-20
City of Ember chapters 15-20
Lesson 10
Using Semi-colons to Create Sophisticated Compound Sentences
In this lesson, learners will write compound sentences.
Unit 2Malala
6 lessons3 Weeks
Malala
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights, chapters 1-6
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights, chapters 1-6
Lesson 12
Avoid Run-on Sentences, Fragments, and Comma Splices
In this lesson, learn how to avoid run-on sentences, fragments, and comma splices
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights, chapters 7-15
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights, chapters 7-15
Lesson 14
Complex Sentences; Sentence Variety
Learn how to write complex sentences. Practice writing with a variety of simple, compound, and complex sentences.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights, chapters 16-end
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights, chapters 16-end
Lesson 16
Parts of a Paragraph; Topic Sentences
In this lesson, we will learn about the basic structure of a paragraph and focus on writing topic sentences.
Unit 3Book Scavenger
12 lessons6 Weeks
Book Scavenger
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Book Scavenger, chapters 1-7
Book Scavenger, chapters 1-7
Lesson 18
Using Evidence to Support Your Paragraph
Learn how to to support your paragraphs with well chosen evidence.
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Book Scavenger, chapters 8-13
Book Scavenger, chapters 8-13
Lesson 20
Transitions, Coherence, and Explanations
Now that learners have experience writing a topic sentence and using evidence for support, we will improve our paragraphs by adding transitions and explanations to make the writing more smooth and coherent.
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Book Scavenger, chapters 14-22
Book Scavenger, chapters 14-22
Lesson 22
Clincher Conclusions
The focus in this lesson is on how to conclude a paragraph with a clincher conclusion that leaves your reader satisfied.
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Book Scavenger, chapters 23-31
Book Scavenger, chapters 23-31
Lesson 24
Parts of an Essay; Introductory Paragraphs
This lesson introduces essay writing and focuses on the introductory paragraph.
 Week 13
Lesson 25
Book Scavenger, chapters 32-37
Book Scavenger, chapters 32-37
Lesson 26
Body Paragraphs
Focus on writing solid body paragraphs within an essay.
 Week 14
Lesson 27
Book Scavenger, chapters 38-41
Book Scavenger, chapters 38-41
Lesson 28
Conclusion Paragraphs
Focus on writing conclusion paragraphs for essays.
I have been teaching ELA since 1997, and I have experience at a variety of levels, including elementary, junior high, high school, and college. I have experience working with with remedial, special needs, and gifted learners. I have taught all of these books in the past, and I am prepared to handle any potentially uncomfortable topics with grace , fairness, and compassion. 
Homework Offered
A reading assignment will be due at our first meeting each week (beginning in week 2). A writing assignment or grammar exercise will be due at our second meeting of each week (beginning in week 2).
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights is abridged and retold for a young audience.  It is honest about what happened to Malala when she was shot by the Taliban, but it does not dwell on the negative. It focuses on how Malala is a survivor and an inspiration to young people everywhere for standing up for what she believes is right. The book does not get into religious debates, either. It really focuses on how Malala is just a normal kid, dealing with normal things like sibling rivalry and exams--and how she continues to stand up for the right of girls the world over to have an education.

Book Scavenger is mainly a fun adventure filled with ciphers, mysteries, and games, but it includes some potentially dangerous situations where the child protagonists do not always make the wisest choices.  We will definitely address these issues head on and make sure we understand how to be safe.

The City of Ember is set in the future, and things do seem bleak at first, but the whole story is one of hope for a better future.

These books do deal with some big issues for big kids.  I am committed to addressing hard topics because they are important. Even so, both books have an overall positive message and leave the readers with a good feeling. I have taught these books in the past with success. I promise, as always, to treat all issues and all people with respect and consideration.
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
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I have taught English for 26 years at all levels:  elementary school, middle school, dual enrollment, and college, and currently I homeschool my lovely children, who are 11 and 13 years old. I have taught mainstream, remedial, and GATE (gifted and... 
Group Class

$300

for 28 classes
2x per week, 14 weeks
25 min

Completed by 8 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-15
3-12 learners per class

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