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Full Curriculum English/Language Arts, 7th/8th Grade, Semester 2

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Julie Willis
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This semester-long ELA curriculum is great for homeschooling families. Emphasis on writing and reading. Appropriate for seventh or eighth grade. (2x/wk)

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US Grade 7 - 8
28 lessons//14 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introductions; Begin Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will introduce ourselves and get familiar with how the class will run, how to find and submit homework assignments, what books are required, etc. We will also start working on vocabulary.
Lesson 2
Summary Writing
Learn what makes an excellent summary, when and why you might need to write a summary, and how to approach the task. As you prepare to summarize, you will want to annotate your reading; learn how to annotate as you read a text.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Masterminds chapters 1-4
We will be discussing chapters 1-4 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 4
How to Answer a Response to Literature Writing Prompt
Learners will have the opportunity to share their summaries if they would like to do so, and we will begin discussing what it means to respond to literature. Learners will be given a prompt about the setting of the book, and will need to write a one sentence response (i.e. thesis statement).
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Masterminds chapters 5-8
We will be discussing chapters 5-8 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 6
Planning Your Response to Literature Essay
Learn how to write a mini outline in preparation for your response to literature essay. We will work through an example together, and then learners will have a chance to start working on their own outlines, which can be completed for homework.
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Masterminds chapters 9-11
We will be discussing chapters 9-11 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 8
Scavenge for Evidence
In this lesson, learners will look for quotations that will support their essays. A good amount of class time will be devoted to finding and sharing quotes that can be used in the essay. Learners should continue adding to their quote stash as they continue reading Masterminds.
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Masterminds chapters 12-15
We will be discussing chapters 12-15 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 10
Writing the Introduction
The introduction of an essay typically includes a hook, some background information, and the thesis statement. In this lesson we will analyze an example introduction. Then, learners will start working on their own introductions in class, to be finished as homework.
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Masterminds chapters 16-19
We will be discussing chapters 16-19 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 12
Writing the Body of the Response to Literature Essay
Learners will see how to use their outlines and annotations to write body paragraphs to their response to literature essays. Each body paragraph will need a topic sentence and evidence, including quotations, from the book. In class, we will practice the steps together and learners may have time to start their own. Homework will be to complete the body of their essay.
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Masterminds chapters 20-23
We will be discussing chapters 20-23 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 14
Conclusions
Learners will have time to share a body paragraph if they would like. We will then learn how to write a clincher conclusion and start working on conclusions during class; conclusions will be completed for homework.
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Masterminds chapters 24-27
We will be discussing chapters 24-27 of Masterminds. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 16
Wrapping Up: What We Know So Far about Writing about Literature
We will review the major concepts we have learned so far about writing about literature. Then, learners will have the opportunity to share something they've written so far, such as their summary or their response to literature essay. If they prefer, they can share an excerpt rather than the entire project.
 Week 9
Lesson 17
Esperanza Rising: Aguascalientes Mexico, Las Uvas, & Las Papayas
We will be discussing chapters 1-3 of Esperanza Rising (Aguascalientes Mexico, Las Uvas, & Las Papayas). Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 18
Theme
Discuss possible themes in the story. Begin working on a graphic organizer that will help you keep your thoughts about possible themes as we read Esperanza Rising. This graphic organizer will have a place to add themes, thoughts, quotes, and ideas. We will start this project in class, and learners will add to it throughout the rest of the semester.
 Week 10
Lesson 19
Esperanza Rising: Los Higos, Las Guayabas, Los Melones
We will be discussing chapters 4-6 of Esperanza Rising (Los Higos, Las Guayabas, Los Melones). Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 20
Outline
Write an outline for theme essay.
 Week 11
Lesson 21
Esperanza Rising: Las Cebollas, Las Almendras
We will be discussing chapters 7-8 of Esperanza Rising (Las Cebollas, Las Almendras). Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class. Optional project: Make a yarn doll. Instructions will be posted in the classroom.
Lesson 22
Introduction
Write an introduction for theme essay.
 Week 12
Lesson 23
Esperanza Rising: Las Ciruelas, Las Papas
We will be discussing chapters 9-10 of Esperanza Rising (Las Ciruelas, & Las Papas ). Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 24
Body Paragraphs and Conclusion
Follow your outline to write the body paragraphs and conclusion for the essay on the theme in Esperanza Rising.
 Week 13
Lesson 25
Esperanza Rising: Las Aguacates, Los Esparragos
We will be discussing chapters 11-12 of Esperanza Rising (Las Aguacates, Los Esparragos). Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class. Optional project: If you have never tried Mexican food, I challenge you to try a Mexican restaurant or make some Mexican food yourself using a recipe you find online.
Lesson 26
Portfolio
Go over instructions and examples of portfolios, to be presented next week in class.
 Week 14
Lesson 27
Esperanza Rising: Los Duraznos, Las Uvas
We will be discussing chapters 13-14 (Los Duraznos, Las Uvas) plus the author's note of Esperanza Rising. Please make sure you have read and annotated the chapters prior to class.
Lesson 28
Presentations
Present portfolios.
I have been teaching English/writing/language arts/literature since 1997. I have worked with elementary, junior high, high school, and college students, and I have taught both of these books in the past and am passionate about the stories and the issues they raise.  
Homework Offered
Two assignments will be given each week: a reading assignment and a writing assignment. Homework is due the following week. For example, if I assign three chapters of a book on Monday, you will be expected to read those chapters by the following Monday.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Detailed, written feedback will be given privately for each written assignment.
Grades Offered
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Esperanza Rising does address racism. It shows how the main character is resilient in the face of both economic hardship as well as unfair treatment.  I will treat the topic with understanding and empathy.  

Masterminds deals with the issue of human cloning. (Shhhh... that is part of the mystery of the book, so maybe don't mention it to your learner.)
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(159)
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I have taught English for 26 years at all levels:  elementary school, middle school, dual enrollment, and college, and currently I homeschool my lovely children, who are 11 and 13 years old. I have taught mainstream, remedial, and GATE (gifted and... 
Group Class

$300

for 28 classes
2x per week, 14 weeks
25 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-15
3-10 learners per class

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