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Middle School Writing with A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg

Students will learn foundational academic writing skills while exploring the domestication of dogs.
Michelle Parrinello-Cason
64 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
30 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 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 learn the basic components of an informative essay and the basic components of a personal reflection narrative. 
I have a Ph.D. in English and more than a decade of teaching experience. While most of my experience has been with high school and college students, I have also taught elementary and middle school workshops and homeschool co-op classes. In addition, I'm a homeschooling mom myself who is creating engaging curricula for my children and their friends. I have a philosophy of making writing and reading accessible and enjoyable for all learners. In particular, I think it's important for writers to have interesting source material, which is why I choose engaging books as the base for writing classes. 
Students will receive reading guides that they can fill out and use on all assignments. Students will also have access to comprehension quizzes and informal writing prompts. They will receive assignment sheets for the two formal papers as well as rubrics to help them prioritize writing skills. 
The book A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg (ISBN 978-0-544-286566). Used copies are fine. A library copy can also be used, but being able to take notes in the book is preferred.
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Comprehension quizzes will be automatically graded. Informal writing prompts will receive points for completion and depth as well as written feedback. Rough drafts will receive points for completion and in-depth video feedback. Final drafts will receive points based on the final draft rubric and written feedback. 
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.


Michelle Parrinello-CasonHomeschooling the humanities with humanity.
64 total reviews
55 completed classes

About Me

I teach writing, philosophy, literature, critical reading, research, and cultural studies. You can learn more about my teaching philosophy and approach to learning at my website Dayla Learning ( or on Facebook... 
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