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Cross-Curricular Novel Study With Writing/Poetry: One Crazy Summer

This cross-curricular novel-based English Language Arts class is designed to support learners working on a 5th-7th grade level. It includes history, poetry, vocabulary, reading, literary analysis, and a variety of writing activities.
Malikai Bass
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$15 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 4 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts)
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
I have been teaching cross-curricular novel studies for several years. I have an honor's degree in English from the University of East Tennessee with a specialization in global and youth literature as well as a minor in human development and learning. I have taken several classes on multicultural literature and social studies and decolonizing education. While pursuing my degree in English, I took specific classes on young adult novels and teaching middle grades literacy.

Students will complete daily reading and writing activities Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This should take approximately 30 minutes to one hour per day including reading approximately 15-20 pages. 
One Crazy Summer by Rita-Williams Garcia Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Notebook Pencil Teacher Created Workbook
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students can be provided with a weekly progress report. Students will complete a final project. 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This novel is set during the summer of 1968 in Oakland California. It includes period-accurate racial terms but does not include the use of slurs, It includes mentions of violence/death and racial discrimination. 
This course uses the nearpod platform for interactive activities and writing during class. Students must be able to click a link and input a username (first name or initial preferred) but do not need to register for an account. 
One Crazy Summer by Rita-Williams Garcia
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Malikai Bass
Lives in the United States
Education as Unique as Your Learner
222 total reviews
146 completed classes

About Me

I am an autistic adult with a masters degree in museum and museum evaluation focusing on applying science to museums and museums as a place of informal learning for neurodiverse learners. In my undergraduate education, I elementary education,... 
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