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Middle School English - A Semester (Anne of Green Gables and Sherlock Holmes)

In this 12-week course, students will read two classic novels, Anne of Green Gables and Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, by participating in Socratic Seminar discussions and debates paired with literary analysis and writing activities.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
709 total reviews for this teacher
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45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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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

Students will be able to...
     - Build a Collaborative Partnership 
     - Continuously Work Together 
     - Read Two Novels 
     - Develop their Analytical Writing Skills
     - Analyze the Plot, Character, Symbolism, Theme, and More
     - Participate in Pop Culture and Historical Connections
     - Examine the Real-World Applications
     - Write Various Formal Pieces
     - Develop their Communications Skills, their Teamwork Skills, and their Reading and Writing Skills
     - Introduce Themselves Formally
     - Response to Short Stories and Novels in Writing
     - Use Google Drive and Collaboration Sheets
     - Diagram Plot Points
     - Break Down Story Elements
     - Use Debate Language
     - Compare and Contrast Characters, Events, Symbols, and More
     - Research in a Mini-Setting during Class
     - Examine Character Development and Judge It
     - Analyze Plot Development and Character Development Together
     - Examine Theme and Symbolism Together
     - Explain the Mystery Genre
     - Connect a Novel to Its Historical and Pop Culture Connections
     - Document and Reason through Clues of a Mystery
     - Solve Brain Benders and Logic Puzzles
     - Map a Character's Develop in Relation to their Character Development
     - Solve a Mystery Given a Short Story and Clues
I have been teaching professionally for over 5 years in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have been on Outschool for two years (at the time this class will start) 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!

Classic Literature - A Novel Study for Middle School Students (A course where students choose the novels we read)
     - In this course, I have taught all four of our novel options
Writing a Novel (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course)
Writing Historical Fiction (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course)

I run two other Middle School Semester Classes which can be found at these links:
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.
Students will need to purchase the novels and have access to the literature pieces with copyrights. Some of the work we will be working with will be creative commons work or will be out of copyright. These we can access without an issue. All work we complete (the curriculum itself) is developed by me so there is no need to purchase a copyrighted curriculum!
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
For Anne of Green Gables:
Here is the Common Sense Media parental guide for your review. Please let me know if you have any questions!

In addition, there is some harmful language that can be found in the novel. The copyright owner has put out this statement: 
"L.M. Montgomery Institute’s Statement on Racial Injustice
The L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) supports the recent statement made by the University of Prince Edward Island and stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those fighting against systemic racism in Canada and the United States. Montgomery’s books, short stories, poetry, essays, and life writing inspire serious scholarly work and have inspired many around the world who have been persecuted and disenfranchised. However, her work also requires us to look deeper into issues of colonialism, systemic racism, and intolerance. The LMMI is taking steps to educate ourselves, and are committed to learning from, and working with, BIPOC scholars, authors, and readers, and reflecting that active engagement in our biennial conferences, the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, and in our community outreach and projects".

In class, we will look deeper into these issues, discuss them together, and work together to understand them. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask and feel free to go to the L.M. Montgomery Institute's Website (found at this link) for more information:


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
709 total reviews
430 completed classes

About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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