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Creative Writing and Novel Study for Middle School : Mystery

Tassie Bauman Smith
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(392)
In this six-week course, students will read the novel "Three Times Lucky," write their own short stories, and learn about plot and mystery. #creative

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Beginner Level
6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Mystery-The Genre
Exploring the elements that make mystery an intriguing genre from a writer's perspective
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Exploring chapters 1-7 of "Three Times Lucky," conflict and character arcs
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Exploring chapters 8-14, characterization and character flaws
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Exploring chapters 15-21, humor and not using humor to hurt
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Students will share their work and take constructive feedback from each other
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Exploring the author and her advice for young writers; workshopping the novel
Students will learn how to identify, analyze, and write stronger examples of conflict, characterization, and humor.  
I am eager to have your learner join the students from 5-50 to whom I have taught English. Although my original BA is in Psychology, I have taught both ESL and English at three different Universities abroad.  I love students and I love literature. I have written a published non-fiction book, have another at the publisher, and have a completed novel in the editing process. I am eager to help North American students get a worldwide perspective on literature drawing from my own experiences as a reader and a traveler. 
Homework Offered
Homework is a very important part of this class. Students will be assigned both reading and writing homework each week. To understand and benefit from the class this must be done before class. Students will also spend 3 weeks creating a story, 1 week peer-editing, 1 week revising, and then present their stories to the class.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The novel "Three Times Lucky" can be scary to sensitive learners.  The protagonist's parent figures are kidnapped. At another point in the story, she confronts her friend's violent drunken father.  The book has enormous literary merit and I would be happy to discuss any questions about the book with parents.  
We will be using Google Docs for writing. I will set the settings to avoid sharing any personal information. 
"Three Times Lucky" by Sheila Turnage will need to be purchased ahead of the class or borrowed from a local library.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(392)
I teach all kinds of English classes including writing, grammar, literature, and ESL.  I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction especially poetry, science fiction, and fantasy. 

I have been teaching for more than 10 years.  I taught English... 
Group Class


weekly or $150 for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
55 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
3-6 learners per class

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