MS English: Anne of Green Gables & Sherlock Holmes

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(889)
In this 12-week semeste, students will read two classic novels, Anne of Green Gables and Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, by participating in Socratic Seminar discussions and debates paired with literary analysis and writing activities.

Class experience

US Grade 7
Students will be able to...
     - Build a Collaborative Partnership 
     - Continuously Work Together 
     - Read Two Novels 
     - Develop their Analytical Writing Skills
     - Analyze the Plot, Character, Symbolism, Theme, and More
     - Participate in Pop Culture and Historical Connections
     - Examine the Real-World Applications
     - Write Various Formal Pieces
     - Develop their Communications Skills, their Teamwork Skills, and their Reading and Writing Skills
     - Introduce Themselves Formally
     - Response to Short Stories and Novels in Writing
     - Use Google Drive and Collaboration Sheets
     - Diagram Plot Points
     - Break Down Story Elements
     - Use Debate Language
     - Compare and Contrast Characters, Events, Symbols, and More
     - Research in a Mini-Setting during Class
     - Examine Character Development and Judge It
     - Analyze Plot Development and Character Development Together
     - Examine Theme and Symbolism Together
     - Explain the Mystery Genre
     - Connect a Novel to Its Historical and Pop Culture Connections
     - Document and Reason through Clues of a Mystery
     - Solve Brain Benders and Logic Puzzles
     - Map a Character's Develop in Relation to their Character Development
     - Solve a Mystery Given a Short Story and Clues
I have been teaching professionally for over 5 years in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have been on Outschool since early January 2020 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!

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
Writing a Novel (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course)
Writing Historical Fiction (Employs the creative writing skills that we will be using in our course)

I run two other Middle School Semester Classes which can be found at these links:
Homework Offered
Students will be asked to complete all of their reading outside of class. If some of our writing work is unfinished after class, students will be asked to complete that work outside of class as well. But the majority of work will be completed in class.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be given several formal writing assignments throughout the semester. While these are not tests, per se, 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!
Grades Offered
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! Please note that Grading is NOT required.
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!
For Anne of Green Gables:
Here is the Common Sense Media parental guide for your review. Please let me know if you have any questions!

In addition, there is some harmful language that can be found in the novel. The copyright owner has put out this statement: 
"L.M. Montgomery Institute’s Statement on Racial Injustice
The L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) supports the recent statement made by the University of Prince Edward Island and stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those fighting against systemic racism in Canada and the United States. Montgomery’s books, short stories, poetry, essays, and life writing inspire serious scholarly work and have inspired many around the world who have been persecuted and disenfranchised. However, her work also requires us to look deeper into issues of colonialism, systemic racism, and intolerance. The LMMI is taking steps to educate ourselves, and are committed to learning from, and working with, BIPOC scholars, authors, and readers, and reflecting that active engagement in our biennial conferences, the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies, and in our community outreach and projects".

In class, we will look deeper into these issues, discuss them together, and work together to understand them. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask and feel free to go to the L.M. Montgomery Institute's Website (found at this link) for more information:

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(889)
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


for 24 classes
2x per week, 12 weeks
45 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(2)
Completed by 11 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-13
3-6 learners per class

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