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Genres of Literature: A Deep Dive & Discussion of Contemporary & Classic Stories

Vanessa Roach
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(314)
This ongoing class provides a new perspective of looking at literature for learners wishing to read & study literature more deeply & critically. Perfect for avid readers, students preparing for the SAT/PSAT, and college-bound students.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Close Reading is a skill that is required in order to discover more than an author’s message and what was said. In this course, we begin to concentrate on how an author conveys, persuades, evokes, and so on. In understanding a writer’s talent and craft, we improve our own ability to convey, persuade, and evoke.

The following is a list of some of the devices and concepts that we will be focusing on:
∞ Finding patterns in a text through annotation
∞Analysis, including, for example, the author’s development of theme or tone through imagery, diction, syntax, choice of details, point of view, author’s use of figures of speech and sound devices
∞Noticing language choices: Students understand how writers and speakers use specific words and sentences to move the thoughts, emotions, and actions of readers and listeners.
∞ Reading and analyzing text through literary criticism lenses (i.e. Marxist, historical, biographical, reader response, etc.)
In my classes (brick and mortar and Outschool), I work with all levels of students (IEP students, general education, and high-ability students). My goal as a teacher is to foster critical thinking and communication skills in order to help your child achieve their goals and become more proficient readers, writers, and critical thinkers. More than that, I encourage students to fall in love with learning. 

-Brick and Mortar Teacher for 7 years (current)
-Outschool Teacher for 3 years (current)
-BS in Education (Reading/English 3-12, Gifted Education 3-12, Special Education 5-12)
-Masters of Arts In English Teaching
-Certification in High Ability/Gifted Learning Strategies
-Certification in Teaching Students with Learning Exceptionalities
-SAT/PSAT Testing Administrator (5 years)
-Harkness Socratic Seminar Trained (Summer of 2023)
-National Writing Project Trained (Summer of 2023)

I am a secondary English teacher with certifications in gifted education and special education. I have been professionally teaching for 7 years and have a masters of arts in English education. I enjoy using socratic and discussion-based learning to help students think deeply about the texts that they read.
Homework Offered
Reading (30-40 minutes per week)
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
In class quick quiz to make sure students are keeping up with reading
Grades Offered
All texts are commonly used or taught at the secondary level and most have content rated for ages 12+. Some texts may have a spooky theme or reference murder/death (no gory details described). No inappropriate or extreme profanity, vulgarity, etc. will be in any texts that I use. I take careful consideration to make sure that all lessons are age-appropriate.
The teacher will provide reading sources. Each source will be available in PDF format for easy accessibility.
Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(314)
Thank you for visiting my Outschool profile! Since I was 5 years-old, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Now, 7 years in my career, I still love it. There is nothing that I enjoy more than helping my students reach their goals and become better... 
Group Class


weekly ($15 per class)
2x per week
40 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
3-6 learners per class

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