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Evidence-Based Writing: Stargirl

In this course, students will learn and practice how to respond to a text using evidence to support their answers.
Ms. Sarah
33 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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25 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will improve their ability to write short answer responses and supporting paragraphs using textual evidence.
I am a certified ELA teacher and taught in the classroom for three years. Beyond ELA specifically, I have over 10 years teaching experience in and outside of the classroom from preschool to high school age. I also have a TESOL certificate, a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies.
Students will be given a reading assignment and it should be completed in preparation for class time. In addition to this, if we are unable to complete the finished paragraph in class, students will be encouraged to finish writing it on their own and we will review/share in the following class. 
Please make sure you have the novels we will be reading, notebook paper, and a writing utensil.
Learner will be informally assessed in the classroom via participation. If students would like to upload their work on the Outschool platform for me to review more thoroughly, I am happy to do so.
25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
I encourage parents to familarize themselves with "Stargirl" and "Love, Stargirl".


Language: One use of the name of deity. Some name calling and belittling. One girl, Hillary, says that Stargirl’s parents are witches or brain-dead vegetables in a hospital. She also belittles Stargirl in front of a group of other students, calling her goofy, crazy and tells her to go back where she came from.

Violence: Hillary holds Stargirls rat from a high balcony and threatens to drop it. She also slaps Star Girls face in an attempt provoke her to fight back. A tomato is thrown at Star Girl from fans at a basketball game when she continues to cheer for the opposing team.

Sexual Content: Leo describes the miracle of summer when someone “leaves in June looking like a little girl and returns in September as a full-bodied woman”. Leo and Stargirl’s first kiss is described as follows: “the last remaining space between our lips was gone… that was no saint kissing me.”

Adult Themes: The whole story revolves around social ethics dealing with individuality versus conformity. The characters must decide which is most important and to what extent they are willing to defend their position.
The novel "Stargirl" will be needed to complete the class. Students will need to read assigned pages prior to class. Students should have notebook paper and a writing utensil for class.


Ms. Sarah
Lives in the United States
Small Classes; Certified ELA Teacher
33 total reviews
71 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Ms. Sarah. 

I am a certified ELA teacher who formerly taught in the public school system. I'm also a homeschool mom.

I enjoy teaching small classes, usually between 5-7 students, where I have an opportunity to check in with each... 
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