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Exploring Non-Fiction: An Article of the Week Discussion Group (Ages 10-13)

In this weekly discussion class for learners age 10-13, students engage in critical thinking, reading, and discussion about a high-interest current event.
Megan DiGregorio
19 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 20 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Learners will build speaking and listening skills, engaging in guided conversation around a high-interest topic. Learners will practice answering text-based questions, citing text evidence, summarizing information, and identifying main idea and details.
As a student-centered educator, I strived for a classroom driven by student voice and focused on the whole child. I believe in the power of literature to connect and nurture understanding of other people and the world around us. Research has shown that reading helps develop necessary empathy and social awareness in people of all ages. When our discussions bring up sensitive issues or strong opinions, I lean on my years of experience with students age 11-15 as learners to help navigate those discussions and support students in expressing their own views while listening compassionately to the views of others. 
Students have the option to read the full article excerpted in class and complete a reading quiz. These materials are posted in the classroom after class meets. Students who complete the after-class activities will receive graded feedback from the teacher.
Students will be provided a link to enroll in Ms. D's NewsELA class upon enrollment. To participate, learners will need to be able to open an extra web browser window and access NearPod during class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • NearPod
The teacher uses student work in class and on quizzes to assess learning. A written report can be requested by the parent after one month enrolled in the ongoing meetings.
45 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
News topics will tie to student areas of interests and may sometimes cover sensitive topics such as politics, race, and other identity issues. All texts will be presented in an age-appropriate manner and the teacher will rely on her years of working with teenaged learners to navigate any sensitivities that arise. At parent request, a link to the source articles for upcoming classes can be provided to help parents of prospective and current learners determine the suitability of the class. 
NewsELA takes authentic texts from a wide range of reputable sources, including but not limited to:
-The Washington Post
The Chicago Tribune
-The New York Times
-Time magazine
-The LA Times
-Associated Press
-Scientific American
-Atlas Obscura
-The Marshall Project
-Texas Monthly


Megan DiGregorioELA with Joy and Connection
19 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

Greetings! I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of your child's learning journey.

I have been a classroom teacher (middle school Language Arts) for 10 years. I love to teach reading, writing, and grammar--I can't resist digging in... 
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