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English Class for High Schoolers: Common Core Reading and Writing Skills
English Language Arts (ELA) 9th/10th Grade -- 1st Trimester Class (Part 1 of 3)
Amy Lavin, J.D.
In this 10-week course (Part 1 of 3), students will learn English Language Arts skills as designated by the common core standards for reading (literature and informational text), writing, language, and speaking/listening.
US Grade 9 - 10
This first trimester class (Part 1 of 3) will focus on one-third of the common core curriculum for 9th/10th grade. Students will improve their skills in reading, writing, language, and speaking/listening. Using novels, short stories, and informational texts, students will examine themes, main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary. They will also practice their writing and language skills by writing paragraphs, academic essays (narrative and persuasive), and reflections. During the...
I have a Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah; a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix; and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University. I taught high school English for eight years (with endorsements in English and Reading), and I currently teach ESL online. I am also a former prosecuting attorney, and I currently practice law in several different areas.
Homework OfferedI expect that students will be prepared for class by completing any assigned readings as listed in the syllabus. Each student will need a copy of reading materials (many ebooks are available for free on Project Gutenberg--see supply list for links). Also, there may be some writing assignments to be completed at home (if not finished in class). Additionally, I expect students to read at least 20 minutes a day from a self-selected novel. Reading on a regular basis provides important exposure to spelling, vocabulary, and language conventions, which transfer to an improvement of students' writing skills.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments OfferedStudents will receive feedback on one academic essay per trimester: narrative essay (Part 1), persuasive essay (Part 2) and literature analysis essay (Part 3). Most writing assignments will be peer or self-graded. Other assignments, such as book reports or presentations, will be presented orally to the class or in small breakout groups. If you need a letter grade for your student at the end of a term, please let me know when the student enrolls in the class so I can track participation and assignments.
These texts will be required for use in class (links to free ebooks on Project Gutenberg given with each title): • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (ebook available for free at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1661) • The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe (ebook available for free at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2148) • Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (ebook available for free at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2591) • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare (ebook available for free at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/100) I'm a strong proponent of students learning how to find books that interest them. Many assignments from class will be drawn from novels that students self-select based on their own interests and reading levels. Below are some links to websites where there are suggestions of novels to read. None of those options are required (nor have they been vetted by me, so please use your own parental discretion about what is appropriate for your students), but they may give your students a jumping off point to find their own books. Local libraries (and librarians) are great resources, too! Here are some suggested websites for ideas: • https://www.teachingexpertise.com/classroom-ideas/9th-grade-books/ • https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1557257510/maryvilleschoolsorg/ q3j2cgwq1mtrccz6zexc/SummerRdgSuggestions2019MJHS-EnglishI-1.pdf • https://bookriot.com/books-for-9th-graders/ • https://readingmiddlegrade.com/books-for-ninth-graders/ • https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/9th-grade-summer-reading-list/ • https://homeschool-curriculum.org/9th-grade-reading-list/
Some classes will use Nearpod to complete writing assignments and/or review class materials, but Nearpod does not require students to create an account. Students will be asked to enter their first name only when entering the website so that assignments can be tracked by the teacher (content remains anonymous to other students). In my supply section, I have some links to websites where there are suggestions of novels to read. None of those options are required (nor have they been vetted by me, so please use your own parental discretion about what is appropriate for your students), but they may give your students a jumping off point to find their own books.
One of the common core curriculum standards for 9th grade includes the analysis of U.S. documents; therefore, we will be reviewing the Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Additionally, we will be reading portions of the following texts (see Learner Supply List for links to free ebooks on Project Gutenberg): • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle • The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 2 by Edgar Allan Poe • Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Meet the teacher
Welcome! I'm very excited to be your teacher! I live in Idaho in the United States. I enjoy reading and writing young adult novels, traveling around the world with my family, and kayaking on the Snake River. I have a Juris Doctor from the S.J....
$450for 30 classes
3x per week, 10 weeks
Live video meetings
3-8 learners per class