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"It's Lit!" 9th Grade Literature & Composition (Semester 1)

This 9th-grade Literature & Composition course is designed to meet the requirements for one semester of a year-long English course.
Shekema Dunlap, M.Ed.
5 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 14 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Throughout the 14 weeks, students will be guided through a variety of texts (short stories, poems, essays, novels, nonfiction, etc.) from a variety of global perspectives. New material (including SAT/ACT prep vocabulary) will be provided during each class. 

Students will learn grade-level appropriate vocabulary, grammar, writing skills. Soft skills such as executive functioning and active listening will also be reinforced.
I am a nationally award-winning veteran educator with more than 15 years of classroom and administrative experience. I am certified to teach English, ESL, and Gifted in both Georgia and Texas. I have also taught the College Board's AP Language & Composition and AP Literature for 11 years. My work has been published in The NY Times, Huffington Post, NCTE's English Journal, ASCD, and Language Magazine. I received a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Georgia State University. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University, where my focus is equity and culturally affirming learning environments.
Homework will consist of readings with text-dependent questions and short answers questions. Students can expect to complete 1-2 hours of reading and writing each week. 
During 1st semester of this course, students are not required to purchase any novels. We will be primarily focusing on nonfiction, short stories, excerpts from novels, and poems.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Two original essays and a short research paper will also be required during the course.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
As with all literature courses, there will sometimes be challenging topics. When these topics arise, we will approach them in an equitable, respectful manner. All voices will be heard and respected equally. 
Throughout the Semester 1 course, we will use digital versions of texts. All texts will provided as attachments prior to the start of class.


Shekema Dunlap, M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
"Inspiring Future Educators"
5 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Greetings in the name of academic excellence! My name is Shekema Dunlap, and I am delighted to join your family's homeschool journey. My goal is to bring you English and Ethnic Studies classes for grades 6-12 that are unlike anything you've ever... 
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