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Homeschool Literature Full Curriculum Y1 | Novel Study | ELA Book Club

Average rating: 4.8Number of reviews: (4)
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A middle school English literature ongoing course where students read classic novels and analyze them through Socratic discussions and optional writing; perfect for students who love reading and/or homeschoolers in need of ELA courses
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Students will practice the following core ELA skills: (CCSS aligned)
- Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it and manipulate time contribute to the overall meaning and tone of the text (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.5)
- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1)
- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2)
Meg Connolly is a certified teacher with bachelors degrees in literature and philosophy. She has masters degrees in teaching ELA, grades 7-12, and in teaching students with disabilities. She has ten years of teaching experience both in the US public school system and online. She has taught a wide range of courses throughout her career, from self-contained special education ELA to Advanced Placement Literature and Language & Composition. In addition to her masters, she is TESOL certified and experienced in working with ESL students.  She also writes her own fictional short stories for podcasts. Check out her teacher profile for more info.
Required reading in advance of each session. For each novel, I provide an optional project and an optional essay prompt, which students can complete and submit for feedback.
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For each novel, I provide an optional project and an optional essay prompt, which students can complete and submit for feedback. 
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Please be aware that many of these novels tackle difficult events and themes, such as WWII, racial violence, loss of friends, and mild drug use. Please see the list below for specifics:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - racism, violence, and racial themes
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - racial themes

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Meg Connolly, Certified ELA Teacher
Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (30)
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