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High School Literature 2: Reading, Comprehension, Writing, & Literary Analysis

Mark Slack, MA
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In this 12 week course learners will develop and improve their reading, comprehension, writing, and thinking abilities by thoughtfully examining and exploring two of the 20th century's greatest novels

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate Level
This class is taught in English.
  • Scholars will improve their reading, comprehension, writing and analytical abilities Scholars will improve their academic, collaborative, and speaking confidence Scholars will discover the joy, importance, and impact of reading and writing skillfully Scholars will discover the power of analytical and objective thinking processes Scholars will increase their capacity to communicate orally and in writing at or above grade-level expectations Scholars will learn how to create intelligent and thoughtful written responses to complex questions
I have taught English Language Arts and ESL at the middle and high school levels for nearly 15 years. I hold a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in ESL with a focus on theoretical and applied linguistics.  Prior to my full-time work with students online I have served as an instructional coach, reading interventionist, building administrator and Secondary English Specialist for a large school district. I hold an active teaching license as well as a principal's license. My areas of expertise are English Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking), American and Historical Literature, Social and Emotional Learning,  Philosophy, Essay and Fiction Writing and Self-Improvement. 
Homework Offered
Students can expect to complete 1-2 hours of independent study per week outside of class. These studies are focused on reading, completing small writing tasks, responding to complex questions, and outlining material for larger written projects completed independently.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Scholars will be informally assessed throughout each instructional week through various demonstrations of learning such as short writing tasks, weekly assignments, discussion, collaborative work with peers, and explaining their thoughts on complex ideas presented in the novels
Grades Offered
Grades provided by request
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Access to Google Drive and Google Docs

Students will not need access to YouTube. When/if a video clip is used in class it will be done via screenshare. 
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It should be noted that 'Of Mice and Men' contains certain actions and references that some families may find inappropriate for their learner. I'd like to briefly note potentially objectionable content so that parents can make an informed decision about the fitness of this class for their student. The novel does contain references to violence, smoking and drinking, potentially objectionable language, and sexual motive of the female character. Sensitive topics are always treated with objectivity and with reference to historical context.

Please contact me directly if you have concerns or questions regarding the content of this class or visit (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/of-mice-and-men) for parent reviews and comments about the novel.

Students will not need access to YouTube. When/if a video clip is used in class it will be done via screenshare.  Video clips are used occasionally in order to provide background information and/or illustrate key points visually.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Google Drive
Joined August, 2022
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Colorado Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts

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I am a certified teacher with 15 years experience instructing students in middle school, high school, and adult ELL programs. I... 
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weekly or $495 for 24 classes
2x per week, 12 weeks
45 min

Completed by 17 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
5-10 learners per class

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