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Middle School Literature-Based Language Arts: Poetry and Verse Novels

In this six week course, learners will read and discuss three verse novels, sharpen their grammar and spelling skills, and explore a variety of poetry and techniques, and write poetry of their own.
Malikai Bass
239 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 6 learners
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year old learners
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$15 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 6 weeks
45 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts)
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
 Write narratives to develop real or imagined
experiences or events using effective technique,
relevant descriptive details, and well-structured
event sequences.
a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a
context and point of view and introducing a
narrator and/or characters; organize an event
sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue,
pacing, and description, to develop experiences,
events, and/or characters.
c. Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and
clauses to convey sequence, signal shifts from
one time frame or setting to another.
d. Use precise words and phrases, relevant
descriptive details, and sensory language to
capture the action and convey experiences and
e. Provide a conclusion that follows from and
reflects on the narrated experiences or events.
4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the
development, organization, and style are
appropriate to task, purpose and audience
I have loved poetry since before I could clearly speak and have been engaged in the study and appreciate of poetry ever sense. Additionally, although I do not have Tourette's syndrome I have a complex chronic tic condition, and have had motor tics my whole life. 
I began reading at the age of three and have averaged multiple books a week since.  I have a honor's in discipline in English from East Tennessee State University where my focus was on middle grades and young adult literature. I was a peer tutor for four years teaching college level English including preparing students to take the GRE for an additional two years. I have been teaching online book clubs for two years online and last year my average student who took standardized pre-post tests (The NWEA MAP Growth exam) improved their reading placement by two grade levels.  
I completed my undergraduate thesis on the subject of middle grades literature and won local and state wide awards including having the honor of presenting at a statewide conference for outstanding undergraduate research. In this thesis, I critically analyzed middle grades literature for representations of complex issues related to neurodivergency and disability across genres. 
Relevant Coursework: 
Read 3100 Teach Read for K-6. This course is exceptionally relevant to this course as it provided a foundation in the science of reading approach which provides explicit, direct, and accurate phonics based instruction to support all readers. This is utilized in this course despite the difference in age ranges through optional spelling activities to support learners who may have lagging skills in reading and spelling. 
Read 3200: Teaching Writing and Language Arts. This course provided frameworks and strategies for teaching writing in motivating ways to students and for understanding the development pathways of writing and language arts. 
Eng 3118: Honor's Lit Focus. In this focus I explored representations of American History, focusing on the complex history of  California, through a variety of literature for adolescents. This class also modeled engaging ways of teaching literature for this age group and dealing with complex subject matter. 
English 4077: Literature For Adolescents This class focused on the teaching, critical analysis, and exploration of literature for middle school students. It explored methods of education and dealing with complex subject matter as well as strategies for evaluating texts both academically and developmentally. 
Students will complete daily reading and writing activities Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This should take approximately 30 minutes to one hour per day. 
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry Teacher created printable workbook and pencil/highlighters.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be provided with a weekly progress report. Students will complete a final project. 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
In Love That Dog, a student shares poetry about the off-screen loss of his pet revealing that his childhood dog was hit by a car. In Hate That Cat a character's kitten goes missing but is safely returned. 
In Forget Me Not, the main character is verbally bullied by their classmates due to a disability. The main character experiences significant anxiety and intrusive thoughts about accidents due to the (past, off-screen) loss of her father in a car accident. Another main character punches two of his friends after a verbal altercation but it is not described in graphic detail and characters within the novel clearly condemn this behavior. 
Learners will use nearpod to complete activities during class-time. Learners will click a link in chat and enter their first name, initial, or nickname. They should not enter their full name and no other information is collected. Learners do not need to create an account or remember a password. 
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

Academic Sources: 
Uncovering The Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy by Denise Eide
Kramnick, J. B. (1997). The making of the English canon. PMLA, 112(5), 1087-1101.


Malikai Bass
Lives in the United States
Education as Unique as Your Learner
239 total reviews
160 completed classes

About Me

I am an autistic adult with a masters degree in museum and museum evaluation focusing on applying science to museums and museums as a place of informal learning for neurodiverse learners. In my undergraduate education, I studied elementary... 
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