Journalling #2: Expressing My Life & Emotions With Poetry/Art (Social-Emotional)

Read and discuss themed classic poetry by famous poets, and then brainstorm and express your stories and emotions with a creative project to develop social-emotional skills and self-expression to digest your recent experiences.
317 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 30 learners

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Sat May 21

Meets Once per week
11pm - 11:50pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
3 learners enrolled

Next on Sun May 22

Meets Once per week
12am - 12:50am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
5 learners enrolled

Next on Fri May 27

Meets Once per week
1pm - 1:50pm
5 learners enrolled

Next on Mon May 30

Meets Once per week
5pm - 5:50pm
4 learners enrolled

Next on Fri Sep 2

Meets Once per week
10pm - 10:50pm
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

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Class Experience

Students will . . .
(As outlined in the Ontario Curriculum)


1.6 extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge and experience, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them 


2.2 establish a distinctive voice in their writing appropriate to the subject and audience (e.g., use punctuation, dialogue, and vivid language to create a particular mood or tone) 

2.3 use some vivid and/or figurative language and innovative expressions to enhance interest (e.g., strong verbs; concrete, specific nouns; unusual adjectives; unexpected word order) 

3.7 use a range of appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout 
Students will be encouraged to post their creations on our class site following each class. 

However, there is no required prep for attending these classes.
Learners should have paper, pencils/pens, markers, etc. on hand for each class or be able to open a word processor, etc. on their computer/device during the class to work on their composition.
Since the major focus of this class is social-emotional skills, my feedback will be entirely positive with no spelling, grammar, or stylistic corrections. Yet, this type of class helps students learn to enjoy the creative process, which often leads to an increase in writing and overall improvement. Furthermore, I give suggestions as to how to begin, develop, and expand each work. I also draw attention to their stylistic choices as a poet and/or artist.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The topics in the class will vary depending on the learners in the class and what they bring up, and sensitive subjects may arise.


Alaina Bell Gao
Lives in Canada
Let's explore the world through literature, art, and social studies!
317 total reviews
153 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Alaina Bell Gao, and I am an Ontario-certified (Canadian) English teacher with 15+ years of professional teaching experience.

Teaching Style:
● Share the joy of learning
● Welcoming class culture
● Patient and cheerful... 
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