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Middle School Reading and Writing in the Twilight Zone (No Class on Fridays)

In this 4 week course, middle school students will use The Twilight Zone to learn reading and writing skills that are connected to state standards for reading and writing.
Ms. Commins
256 total reviews for this teacher
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40 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn the reading and writing skills that are found within a traditional middle school language arts curriculum. Skills include the following: literary analysis via interpretation of plot, theme, foreshadowing, setting, symbols, conflict, mood, and resolution. Depiction of each will be examined via visual media (The Twilight Zone) and print (The Time Machine). Essays written each Thursday will allow for a comprehensive assessment of skills from the week. 
I have taught middle school for 20 years, 18 of those years in language arts instruction. I have also studied film and television at Wesleyan University. I have taught with The Twilight Zone for the better part of that time, and I have developed lessons that are connected to Common Core State Standards. This provides the basis of solid instruction for those who wish to return to the traditional classroom setting as well as for those who prefer to learn online. Lessons are effective and highly engaging.
Homework will be approximately 30 minutes each day, with no homework assigned on the weekends. Assignments will be completed individually, with time allotted for sharing within the class. 
Students should have access to a Netflix or Amazon Prime account. Students will need a copy of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. (a free copy can be obtained online at
Student checklists will serve as the basis of a weekly number and letter grade for students. This is intended to support students who are choosing to return to the traditional classroom environment. Anecdotal feedback will also be provided. 
2 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The materials used in class (selected episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells) are appropriate for middle school students.
The Twilight Zone: selected episodes
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Students will need to watch selected episodes of The Twilight Zone on their own. They will not be shown during class.


Ms. Commins
Lives in the United States
English, math, reading film, and improv, and of!
256 total reviews
984 completed classes

About Me

Hello, I taught middle school for over twenty years, teaching writing, reading, humanities, and math. I am certified in each and have taught each at the middle school level.  I am also certified to teach elementary education, and I have experience... 
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