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HS English: Romeo and Juliet & a Separate Peace

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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In this 14-week course, students will read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet & John Knowles's A Separate Peace through discussion and close-analysis while focusing on different types of human relationships through different time periods.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 10
Intermediate - Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • The following is a list of the skills that we will be covering as a class. These will be sprinkled in throughout the unit and they will build on one another. - Plot Diagramming - Character Development - Conflict - Theme - Symbolism - Allegory - Research - Non-Fiction Reading - Non-Fiction Writing - Creative Writing - Analysis - Presenting - Debating - Various Literary Devices - Socratic Seminar Discussions - Annotating - Note-Taking - Prompt-Writing - Essay-Writing - Journaling - Introduce Research and Identify Expectations - Discuss the Informational Packet - Discuss Topics and Choice of Topics - Choose Good Sources - Develop Effective Note-Cards/Note-Taking - Develop an Introductions and Hook - Develop a Thesis Statement - Complete MLA Citations for Sources - Set Up a Works Cited - Write an Introduction - Create Appropriate In-Text Citation - Embed Quotes Correctly - Develop Paragraphs - Participate in Peer Reviews and Feedback Sessions - Address Teacher Feedback and Editing/Reviewing - Turn in Paper for Final Feedback - Present Ideas to Peers - Conduct Mini-Research Activities - And More!
I have been teaching professionally for over 5 years in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have been on Outschool for over two 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!

Romeo and Juliet - A Play Study
     - https://outschool.com/classes/romeo-and-juliet-a-shakespearean-play-novel-study-of-romance-and-tragedy-FgcPqCYI?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
Classic Literature - A Novel Study (A course where students choose the novels we read)
     - In this course, I have taught both Frankenstein and Oedipus Rex/
     - https://outschool.com/classes/classic-literature-novel-study-V9NC71b3?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
Homework Offered
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.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be given several formal writing assignments throughout the semester. While these are not tests, per se, they can be used as assessment pieces for homeschooling evidence, which many states and countries require. All formal writing in my class will be completed with multiple rounds of written and verbal feedback. Students will have the opportunity to work through their writing skills as a group and 1-1 with me in class!
Grades Offered
Grading - Students will have the opportunity to receive a grade in the form of their choosing.I am happy to provide a grade in the form of a percentage, letter, or both. I can also offer a formal letter for submission to state programs. I ask students throughout the semester about their needs for grading and am happy to work with parents to create a plan that meets their needs! Please note that Grading is NOT required.
Students will be asked to purchase the novels or to find a copy of them through their library. We will need copies of the novels in our class at all times unless otherwise informed because we will often dive into the text at a deeper level by analyzing it and reading it directly in class to deepen understanding. Let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Romeo and Juliet:
Amazon (Folger Version):

Barnes and Noble:


Project Gutenberg (Free Out-of-Copyright Version): 

A Separate Peace:

Barnes and Noble:

Here is the Common Sense Media Review for the play. Please review and let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
     - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/romeo-and-juliet
Joined January, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Colorado Teaching Certificate - Secondary Education
My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught English to students as young as nine through eighteen in both Missouri and Colorado. I am a close-reading specialist and have a lot of experience teaching students close-reading strategies including... 
Group Class


weekly or $400 for 28 classes
2x per week, 14 weeks
45 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-17
3-6 learners per class

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