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English 3: American Literature & Composition Sem A - FLEX

Angelia Derrick (she/her)
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(157)
Students will read and analyze a novel (The Princess Bride or The Secret Life of Bees), short stories, poetry (The Poet X), nonfiction (Into the Wild); write essays in MLA format, poems and stories; and grammar concepts.

Class experience

US Grade 11
I studied literature throughout my bachelor's program as part of the creative writing emphasis. I have been teaching middle and high school level students for several years how to analyze texts (movies and books) as well as writing essays. 
Published writer in nonfiction (articles and books) and fiction (short stories, novellas, and novels).
Writing young adult fantasy and space opera under the pen name Angelia Almos. 
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts: Creative Writing
Certificates from Institute of Children's Literature
Certificates from Institute for Writers
Homework Offered
Students will need to read and study the texts, do the weekly activity pages, do short written responses outside of class, and research and write papers/essays.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Your Final Grade will be determined from your homework grades, essay grades, project grades, and test grades. Projects and essays grading rubrics will be provided with the assignment. All assignments, papers, projects, and tests must be turned in by the final date on the course to receive a grade in the class. Students can opt out of having a grade issued.
Grades Offered
Students will need a word processor to write paper assignments, a journal/notebook/google doc is recommended for journaling thoughts and extra/non-workbook assignments, a printer to print up the workbook pages or pdf editor to do them on their computer, and a cell phone with a camera/scanner to turn in PDF activity pages.  

The following texts/books will be used throughout the class. Families may purchase (print, ebook, or audio) or borrow from their local library. Prices listed below were found on Amazon. 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. 11.99
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. $10.99
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. $9.29
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. $9.21. 

Students will need to rent/stream/borrow The Princess Bride (1987) PG, The Secret Life of Bees (2008) PG-13 and Into the Wild (2007) R. 

Some additional art supplies such as glue, markers/crayons/colored pencil, paper, etc. will be needed for certain assignments. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will research some topics online, read articles on websites, and occasional watch an informational YouTube video (in the classroom) to complete homework assignments. 

Students will read and discuss in a matter-of-fact way the following texts which tackle some sensitive topics. Some of the topics tackled will be racism/prejudice, foul language, sexism, sexual references, bodily functions, murder, vengeance, starvation, religion, and torture. The books tell stories that include these elements and the students will discuss these issues in a matter-of-fact way in context to when/where it happened or is depicted as happening. It is important for learners to know that these issues exist even if they don't have a personal connection to one or any of the topics. These books are taught to high school/secondary school aged children all over the world and are considered to be age appropriate with the knowledge of the sensitive issues that will be covered. 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (book and film)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (book and film)
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (book and film)
This class uses literature teaching units and activity guides from Prestwick House. English and Language Arts resources and teaching units are also from Lit & More, Powerpoint Guru, and The Crazy English Teacher. 
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(157)
Pronoun: she/her/hers

NOTE: If you were looking at one of my flexible schedule classes and they are suddenly gone, yes, I still have them, and I am currently figuring out which classes will be able to go into the new self-paced designation that... 
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weekly or $384 for 16 weeks
16 weeks

Completed by 9 learners
No live video meetings
Ages: 15-17

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