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Middle School English Language Arts: Writing & Reading the Hero's Journey

Avast ye, Landlubbers! In this comprehensive English course, students master ELA standards (reading, writing, & speech) while studying the Hero's Journey, including an in-class study of the classic pirate tale 'Treasure Island.' Yo ho ho!
Lemons-Aid Education by Karen Lemons
473 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 36 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 13 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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Class Experience

Students will: 
1.write effectively for both purpose, function, and style.
2. read with passion and fall in love with books. 
3. read critically and think critically. 
4. communicate in various settings. 
Mrs. Lemons has a B.A. in English Literature, a minor in Education, and a Master's in Education Administration. She has her teaching certificate and principal's license, and she is certified to teach English / Language Arts and History / Social Studies. She has many years of experience at the middle and high school levels. Further, she is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Christian University, supervising teaching candidates in their undergraduate and graduate programs. She is a teacher of teachers. All that being said, middle school is her jam! 
Students will read 20 minutes, five nights a week. They will also have homework which should take them 30-60 minutes a week. 
Find a book, any book, you want to read. Get the audiobook to go with it for a fun approach. Also, come to class with a notebook for taking notes and a folder to keep the printouts you will get. You need your own copies of the novel *Treasure Island* by Robert Louis Stevenson. Click here to buy the MASS MARKET PAPERBACK version of the novel. Mrs. Lemons will provide everything else.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I give specific and authentic feedback on student writing through the teacher tab of the classroom and on Google Docs. If you require formal grades, please ask, and I will provide them.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
*Treasure Island,* written in 1883, has some archaic racist language, which I handle by discussing the historical context in which the book was written and the meaning and connotation of the word then, good or bad. The novel also has pirates drinking, smoking, and chewing tobacco, and there is some violence although it is not gory. Check out parent reviews at

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: Sometimes we come across mature themes in literature. Through experience, training, sensitivity, and compassion, I choose quality literature that helps students understand themselves and the world in which they live a little better as they consider various cultures. Sensitive material and themes, such as racism, prejudices, death, oppression, religion, etc., are handled with respect for the humanity and dignity of all individuals. Historical context is important and the way ideas change over time can be considered. I avoid literature with sexual themes and leave that particular theme to parents. Literature has religious allusions, and I sometimes point them out so that students understand the literary and cultural relevance of such. Discussion is focused on what the characters believe, what the author believes, and what beliefs were central to periods of time, such as the belief systems of various individuals during the Holocaust. A particular religion or a belief system is neither favored nor advanced by me as I strive for neutrality; however, students are freely allowed to share their own opinions and worldviews. And they will be respected. It is my job to get students thinking, not to indoctrinate. Parents are welcome to listen in to class or to watch the recording, which I automatically post. I encourage students to talk to their parents about the literature and the issues we discuss. Students choose their own novels for this class and present "Book Talks." I leave their choices to them and encourage parental involvement in that regard. 

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Lemons-Aid Education by Karen Lemons
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Equipping learners to accomplish their goals and realize their dreams!
473 total reviews
554 completed classes

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