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

Join a warm and creative club to 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.
Alaina Bell Gao
356 total reviews for this teacher
13 reviews for this class
Completed by 40 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course 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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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!
356 total reviews
167 completed classes

About Me

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

Teaching Style:
● Share the joy of learning
● Learn with my learners
● Welcoming class culture
● Patient and... 
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