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FLEX 8th Grade English Language Arts: Semester A

In this thirteen week FLEX class, students will read the books "I Will Always Write Back" and "The Maze Runner," completing independent reading, writing, and vocabulary activities.
Learning Leaps
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Over 13 weeks
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How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

I am a New York State certified classroom teacher, certified in English Language Arts and Students with Disabilities.
I have over 12 years of classroom teaching experience.
Students will have assigned reading to complete independently each week (please see the class description for specific pages). They will complete activities each week independently, including questions about the reading, vocabulary activities, and writing assignments.
Hard copy or digital copy of two novels: "I Will Always Write Back" (by Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch, and Martin Ganda) and "The Maze Runner" (by James Dashner) Printables and downloadables as posted weekly in the Classroom.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
From Common Sense Media
Books are recommended for 12+ ("I Will Always Write Back") and 13+ ("The Maze Runner")

"Parents need to know that I Will Always Write Back is the true story of unlikely pen pals that begins in 1997, when 12-year-old American Caitlin and 14-year-old Zimbabwean Martin are randomly paired by their schools. It's told in the first person, with chapters alternating between Caitlin's and Martin's points of view, as the two forge a life-altering friendship despite significant cultural, economic, and geographical differences. The disparity between their lives is stark; Caitlin is a typical middle-class American teen engaged in petty dramas involving friends and boys, while Martin goes hungry daily and struggles to find the funds to stay in school. When Caitlin sends him a dollar so he can see American currency, he can buy enough groceries to feed his family for two weeks. Martin is hesitant to disclose just how poor his family is but eventually opens up to Caitlin as his situation grows more desperate. Caitlin, with help from her tireless mother, ultimately changes Martin's life, as well as the lives of his family members. Martin, in return, opens Caitlin's eyes to the world outside her small rural town."

"Parents need to know that the scenes of violence are stronger in this book and more graphic than those of, say, The Hunger Games, partly because at times it is adults murdering children, and not from a distance or out of sight. The teens stranded in the Maze have their memories wiped, but they are still aware on some level that they are being held captive and endangered by adults, not monsters or other children. Some of the teens in the Maze go insane from the fear, the attacks, or in one case, the memory of the world he had left behind. Main characters are conscientious and risk their lives to save others."

*Kahoot is an external resource. If we use it during class, students should not need to create an account or share any personal information.*
"I Will Always Write Back" (by Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch, and Martin Ganda) and "The Maze Runner" (by James Dashner)

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7 total reviews
15 completed classes

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