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Middle School Semester - 3 Classic Mystery Novels

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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In this 14-week course, students will read four novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Maurice LeBlanc while exploring the mystery genre and working together to solve mysteries, solve riddles, and create an escape room!

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Intermediate Level
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!

I teach many semester classes for both Middle School and High School.

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
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: Available upon request
Feedback: Available upon request
Details: Students will be asked to complete reading outside of class time. During our classes, students will work through writing activities including argumentative writing, literary analysis, quote analysis, and more! The purpose of this is to challenge students to develop their writing ability and to continue to understand how to develop their writing and arguments on their own through multiple rounds of feedback and editing, both as a group and 1-1 with the teacher. If writing assignments are not finished in class, students will be asked to finish them as part of their homework.
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: Students will be given several formal writing assignments throughout the semester. While these are not tests, 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!
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: 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!
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 Common Sense Media guides for our three novels!

The Hound of the Baskervilles: 
      - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-hound-of-the-baskervilles
The Murder of Roger Akroyd: 
     - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/agatha-christie-the-abc-murders
         - Please note that this review is for Christie's novel, And Then There Were None. While it is not the same novel, these are similar novels in their content and the comparison is relevant.
The Maltese Falcon:
     - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-maltese-falcon
         - Please note that this review is for the movie, which is based on the novel.
Joined January, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Colorado Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education
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... 
Group Class


weekly or $400 for 28 classes
2x per week, 14 weeks
45 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-13
2-6 learners per class

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