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Semester 2 Class-Middle School Exploring Science.


Middle School English: A Second Full Semester for 8th Graders

In this four-month full curriculum virtual semester students will get the same experiences with me as they would in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Activities will include reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and so much more.
David Ginsberg
127 total reviews for this teacher
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60 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 16 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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Our learning goal should be to create classroom culture and community. We should be developing our critical thinking skills while honing our reading and writing abilities. These skills will be essential for all learners to one day go on to college, the military, and or the work force.
I have 5 + years teaching experience. I have a lifelong membership with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. At the associate’s level at Southern Maine Community College, I studied Criminal Justice and Psychology, this included learning to professionally diagnose a patient with a mental disorder. I have a bachelor's degree in Educational Studies from Grand Canyon University, and a masters degree in history also from Grand Canyon University. I also have more than 20 credits in English.
Homework will be assigned each week. Most homework assignments will be to watch video resources and to read chapters of the assigned books.
All learners should also bring a paper and pencil to class. All learners should have access to the required books prior to class. The books can be purchased on the internet. All learners should also bring a paper and pencil to class. All Learners should have internet access. Some video watching assignments will take place on YouTube, Disney Plus, or Hulu.
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I will provide grades as needed to satisfy homeschool requirements. Any grades provided will be formal letter grades such as A,B,C,D or F. Just as in public school an A is the highest passing grade, and an F is the lowest failing grade. 

Final evaluations of learning units will be project based rather than depending on written tests, this allows more creative freedom for learners to demonstrate skill mastery using a hands-on approach. 

All learners are required to participate in classroom discussions and activities. All learners must be respectful to each other and the teacher.
4 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Each book and story I have selected for our semester of learning has been used in public middle schools across America. Some are also included in the common core. These stories do include some mature themes that not all parents are comfortable with their children being exposed to. If you are not comfortable with these themes this might not be the right class for your children. If you are comfortable with your children learning about these themes, then it will be my pleasure to work with them in furthering their education. 

Jaws by Peter Benchley includes chapters involving a shark eating people alive, there is implied nudity on the beach, there are references to sex, and some characters abuse drugs.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding demonstrates a viewpoint that humanity is innately evil. The book involves children stranded on an island to resort to violence for survival. Several children are killed in this book.

The No Fear graphic novel adaptation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a retelling of the classic tale about a prince who is haunted by the ghost of his father. Hamlet demonstrates a young man’s decent into madness. Hamlet involves extremely violent scenes involving characters being impaled, the protagonist also suffers from extreme grief and mental illness. 

In my opinion while some of the issues the authors present are mature, they are important to discuss because they do still exist in the modern day. It is my hope that by learning about these issues we can prevent them from occurring in the future thus making the world we live in better. I am a firm believer in the old saying that knowledge is power.
The books we will be reading are Jaws by Peter Benchley, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and the No Fear graphic novel adaptation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare 

Each learner will need a copy of these books for this class. Some free audiobook versions of each of these stories also exist on YouTube. Most reading will take place outside of class.

All learners should also bring a paper and pencil to class.


David Ginsberg
Lives in the United States
Historian, Author, Artist, Pop Culture Fanatic, and Teacher.
127 total reviews
152 completed classes

About Me

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My name is David Ginsberg and I live in southern Maine. I am very passionate about teaching and sharing my interests with my students. I believe that education is a lifelong process shared by teachers and students alike. My... 
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