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High School English: Life of Pi & And Then There Were None w/Honors Option

In this 14-week semester course, students will read novels by Yann Martel and Agatha Christie with a focus on symbolism, theme, historical context, and analytical writing while participating in a Socratic Seminar discussion.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
857 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
Intermediate, Advanced Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 14 weeks
45 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will be able to...
     - Participate in Reading, Writing, and Discussion 
          - With a Short Story Unit 
          - Two Novel Studies
     - Gain a Deeper Understanding of Skills 
     - Learn how to Analyze and Utilize Skills in Our Own Writing
     - Perform a Close Reading
     - Participate in Collaborative Discussions
     - Write every Single Day 
     - Write Effective Analytical Paragraphs
     - Identify Elements of a Narrative and Interpretative Writing
     - Read Two Stories a Week 
     - Explain How to Annotate
     - Identify Why Annotations are Important and Useful
     - Annotate within a Novel or Short Story
     - Develop Plots for a Short Story
     - Analyze a Character
     - Write a Character Analysis Paragraph
     - Practice Editing and Revising
     - Pull Quotes and Use Evidence
     - Define and Identify Symbolism and Themes
     - Explain a Character Arc
     - Use Previous Writing to Develop Longer Essays
     - Use Claim, Evidence, and Warrant
     - Complete Citations and MLA Formatting
     - Use Collaborative Work in Your Own Essay
     - Discuss Elements of Movie to Book Adaptations
     - Examine and Analyze Writing Exemplars
     - Explain How Authors Develop Characters
     - Use Quotes and Evidence to Deepen Understanding
     - Interpret the Ending of the Novel
     - Debate the Ending and Defend Arguments
     - Lead a Discussion and Debate
     - Choose a Topic to Research
     - Utilize Research Elements
     - Perform a Compare and Contrast Presentation
     - Presenting Research
I have been teaching professionally for over 5 years in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have been on Outschool for over three years and can provide links to classes where I teach the concepts of this semester-long class so you can look through them and look at the reviews to see how other parents and students have reacted to my courses. I am happy to answer any questions that you have!

Classic Literature - A Novel Study (A course where students choose the novels we read)
     - https://outschool.com/classes/classic-literature-novel-study-V9NC71b3?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Writing a Novel (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course)
     - https://outschool.com/classes/writing-a-novel-or-short-story-on-going-workshops-YTo8o2q7?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Writing Historical Fiction (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course)
     - https://outschool.com/classes/writing-short-stories-historical-fiction-xTk6Rddd?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
High School Research Skills: Level I
     - https://outschool.com/classes/high-school-research-developing-skills-CnfSxLHD?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
High School Research Skills: Level 2
     - https://outschool.com/classes/high-school-research-ii-perfecting-skills-SrlmIdgF?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Annotations: The Key to Close Reading (Non-Fiction Unit skills)
     - https://outschool.com/classes/annotations-the-key-to-close-reading-uaev8ybk?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Students will be asked to complete all of their reading outside of class. If some of our writing work is unfinished after class, students will be asked to complete that work outside of class as well. But the majority of work will be completed in class.
Students will need to purchase the novels and have access to the literature pieces with copyrights. Some of the work we will be working with will be creative commons work or will be out of copyright. These we can access without an issue. All work we complete (the curriculum itself) is developed by me so there is no need to purchase a copyrighted curriculum!
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Here are the Common Sense Media parental reviews for both And Then There Were None and Life of Pi! Let me know if you have any questions about the novels. 
     - And Then There Were None: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/and-then-there-were-none
     - Life of Pi: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/life-of-pi


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
857 total reviews
620 completed classes

About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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