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High School Literature 3: Reading, Comprehension, Writing, & Literary Analysis

Mark Slack, MA
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(43)
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
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
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The novel '1984' includes non-explicit implications of sexual relations, references to smoking and alcohol, and the theme of violence primarily presented in the form of ongoing war. Having taught the novel in high-school classrooms several times, I recognize that '1984' can be a challenging and emotional read for some students. While the purpose of the course is to develop literacy and discussion skills, deepen historical understanding of the author's purpose and foster social-emotional competencies such as empathy and gratitude, I want to address how unsolicited and potentially emotional expressions are handled in my class and how I intend to respond to students regarding these complex and challenging themes. 

1. Set the stage and develop classroom norms collaboratively with students:
*Students are expected to be engaged, collaborative, and respectful to one another at all times 
*Students are encouraged to read assigned passages through a lens of compassion, empathy, respect, historical context and objectivity
*Students are expected to focus on what the text says rather than subjective interpretations or opinions. Focusing on textual evidence effectively eliminates most potential occurrences for unsolicited response and expression 
*Students always have the opportunity to opt out of a particular discussion if they feel the material is too taxing emotionally
*If it is noted that a student appears struggling with the material being presented or discussed, I will inform the parent about the concern immediately.  Further, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about this class. 

2. Encourage students to research material on their own using reliable sources in order to gain a fuller understanding of the material

3. Focus the discussion, encourage reflection, and make connections to lived experience. Giving the students a framework for the day's reading discussion up front aligns and focuses conversation on the ideas and thoughts presented in specific passages

4. Confront the idea, not the individual. Be the paragon of effective, purposeful, and respectful dialog

5. Facilitate actively by rewording questions posed by students, correcting misinformation, making reference to relevant reading materials or course content, asking for clarification, and reviewing main points

Please contact me directly if you have concerns or questions regarding the content of this class or visit (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/1984) for parent reviews and comments about the novel.
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Google Drive
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(43)

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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

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

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