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Middle School English: Classic Literature Semester

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(900)
In this course, students will develop their skills through a non-fiction unit, two novel studies (choose from The Giver or The Outsiders and The Westing Game or Fahrenheit 451), a research unit, and a creative writing unit.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
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 since January 2020 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
Homework Offered
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.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be given several formal writing assignments throughout the semester. While these are not tests, per se, they can be used as assessment pieces for homeschooling evidence, which many states and countries require. All formal writing in my class will be completed with multiple rounds of written and verbal feedback. Students will have the opportunity to work through their writing skills as a group and 1-1 with me in class!
Grades Offered
Grading - Students will have the opportunity to receive a grade in the form of their choosing.I am happy to provide a grade in the form of a percentage, letter, or both. I can also offer a formal letter for submission to state programs. I ask students throughout the semester about their needs for grading and am happy to work with parents to create a plan that meets their needs! Please note that Grading is NOT required.
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!
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
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(900)
My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught English to students as young as nine through eighteen in both Missouri and Colorado. I am a close-reading specialist and have a lot of experience teaching students close-reading strategies including... 
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weekly or $400 for 28 classes
2x per week, 14 weeks
45 min

Completed by 31 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-13
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