Middle School English - A Semester Course (Classic Literature - Student Choices)
In this 14 week course, students will develop their English skills through a non-fiction unit, two novel studies (students will be able to choose their novels together), a research unit, and a creative writing unit.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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over 14 weeks
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In this semester-long course, students will participate in various reading, writing, and discussion activities through a short creative writing unit, two novel studies, and a research unit. The outline below may shift as the semester goes on depending on student needs, but we will go through the units as prescribed. As a teacher and a parent, I feel it is important to make adjustments based on student needs so that students are getting the most out of their classes and so that they are...
Students will be able to: - Participate in Reading, Writing, and Discussion Activities - Introduce Themselves in a Student "Interview" - - Set Goals - Prompt Write - Write Creatively - Identify and Analyze Writing Styles - Examine Famous Authors and Unique Traits - Plan a Creative Writing Project - Participate in Writing Workshops on Creative Writing - Identify and Use Elements of Story-Writing - Write Using Elements of Paragraphs - Explain Triangle Writing - Pick, Use, and Cite Quotes/Evidence - Present Research - Write a Research Paper - Create a Presentation - Debate Controversial Topics - Discuss Genre Styles and Purposes - Analyze Characters - Identify Setting and Time - Write Analytically - Differentiate Character Development - Plot a Story's Development - Define Theme and Symbolism - Analyze and Discuss Cover Art - Ask Tough Questions - Collect and Define Vocabulary and Literary Elements - Actively Participate in a Socratic Seminar - Develop Questions (Leveled and Detailed)
I have been teaching professionally for over 5 years in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have been on Outschool for over a year 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 - https://outschool.com/classes/classic-literature-a-novel-study-xkvxQwCz?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link Writing a Novel (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course) - https://outschool.com/classes/writing-a-novel-or-short-story-on-going-workshops-YTo8o2q7?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link Writing Historical Fiction (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course) - https://outschool.com/classes/writing-short-stories-historical-fiction-xTk6Rddd?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link High School Research Skills: Level I - https://outschool.com/classes/high-school-research-developing-skills-CnfSxLHD?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link High School Research Skills: Level 2 - https://outschool.com/classes/high-school-research-ii-perfecting-skills-SrlmIdgF?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link Annotations: The Key to Close Reading (Non-Fiction Unit skills) - https://outschool.com/classes/annotations-the-key-to-close-reading-uaev8ybk?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link The Outsiders: A Novel Study (While I have taught all of the novel options, I have a specific class for The Outsiders) - https://outschool.com/classes/the-outsiders-a-novel-study-with-annotations-iEkjO7lK?usid=l0R3fRwf&signup=true&utm_campaign=share_activity_link
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.
Here are the parental guides from common sense media and a plot overview for our novel studies: - The Giver: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-giver-book-1 - The Outsiders: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-outsiders - The Westing Game: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-westing-game - Fahrenheit 451: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/fahrenheit-451
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
High School and Middle School English
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
732 total reviews
459 completed classes
Hello! 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...