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High School Writing with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers (Weekly Live Meetings)

Michelle Parrinello-Cason
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(64)
A 12-week integrated reading and writing class themed around Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book and featuring four multi-draft papers.

Class experience

Students will learn how to annotate texts, write meaningful texts, revise formal papers in a systematic and personally effective way, and deeply engage with a nonfiction text.
I LOVE teaching writing! I have been teaching people to write for the past ten years, mostly as a college professor but also in high school programs and after school programs for elementary students. Writing is my passion because I think that it gives people the opportunity to have their voice heard and see their thoughts in a way that allows them to become clearer thinkers with more confidence in their ideas. 

My writing classes are a little different from the norm. Many writing classes use literature (poems, novels, short stories) as the basis for the writing assignments. Now, I love literature, and I think everyone should learn it, but I don’t think that you have to learn to analyze literature at the same time as learning to write well if literature isn’t as interesting to you. Many students enjoy reading about nonfiction topics, and if they are feeling connected to and inspired by a topic, they are much more likely to want to write about it. 

My teaching philosophy is that everyone can write because everyone has something to say that’s worth hearing. I have worked with college students in classes ranging from remedial to honors, and my philosophy is the same: treat students with respect, value what they have to say, and help them say it well. 
All materials are provided by the instructor except the book (Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers), which can be purchased used for around $5. 

There is one documentary in the class that's available on Amazon Prime, but there is a free shorter version that will be posted for anyone who does not have access to it. 
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Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(64)
I teach writing, philosophy, literature, critical reading, research, and cultural studies. You can learn more about my teaching philosophy and approach to learning at my website Dayla Learning ( or on Facebook... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
30 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 14-18
3-10 learners per class

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