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We Are Writers! Camp for Narrative, Information, Fantasy and Opinion Writing.

English Language Arts Middle School Semester 1: Personal Narrative Memoir (Live)

Kathie Harsch
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(32)
In this 8 week MULTI-DAY English Language Arts Middle School course for Semester 1 your learner will meet twice per week to read, analyze, discuss, and write personal narratives, gaining the skills needed for college and beyond. Great for homeschool!

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Students will read and analyze personal narratives for theme, summary, word choices and style as well as learn to write a personal narrative using the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing and final draft. 

The standards covered for this course are:
➡️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 analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
➡️Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact
➡️Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings
➡️Writing informative/explanatory texts  to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.
➡️Writing narratives to develop real experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences
After graduating from University of South Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, I worked for USF for several years and decided to become a Language Arts teacher. In 1996, I became an English Language Arts teacher for middle school students grades 6-8. I took post graduate credits for my education certification from USF.

Teaching Certifications from the state of Florida include:
English Middle Grades 5-9
English 6-12
Media Specialist

Teaching Experience: (28 years)
1996-2018 English Language Arts teacher Middle School grades 6-8
2004 Fellowship with Tampa Bay Area Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project

2005 I.C.E. Writers Camp mentor teacher - a creative writing camp for kids ages 7-18

2018-2022 Creative Writing and Digital Design - offered online as well as in class through my school's learning management system, so I am well-versed in offering and teaching online courses.
2019-2022 Teaching Digital Design (as well as Creative Writing) using Canva graphic design app

Teaching Philosophy:
My philosophy behind my teaching is I consider my students to be writers before they take any of my classes. They might be at different levels of proficiency, but most students are required to write from the time they can hold a crayon throughout their school years. I want to give my writers the agency to express themselves creatively through poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction (personal narratives, blogs, podcast scripts, etc.) 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will read an assigned personal narrative to read and specific questions to answer, based on the skills we are studying that week. Each week, students will also work on writing their own personal narrative. There are 2 assignments due on Fridays of each week to be turned in to me inside the Outschool classroom.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Learners will be given weekly feedback and encouragement to revise (if needed). Learners can receive a letter grade upon request
Grades Offered
0Students need to have a private, parental guidance Google account that is not connected to a school account because my files may not appear in their school account. They will need to log in with a Google email address to be able to copy and use Assignments as well as other materials for the class.

For students who like to write ideas on paper before they type into a computer, a spiral notebook is a good idea to use for this class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
We will be using Google Apps, Google Drive, Kahoot, Pear Deck, and NearPod for this course to make it fun and interactive for students to learn.
We will be reading the following short personal narratives:
The Scholarship Jacket by Marta Salinas
Drive In Movies by Gary Soto
Terror by Junot Diaz
Dirk, the Protector by Gary Paulsen

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Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(32)
Hey there! My name is Ms. Kathie, and I am an Outschool Creative Writing teacher. I teach the writing strategies and techniques that help middle school  writers to take their writing skills from good to fantastic. 

I offer classes in English... 
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for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages 11-13
2-8 learners per class

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