Not Stuffy, Stale or Stodgy: Literature for Middle School

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In this discussion based semester-long middle school literature course, learners will be introduced to a number of classic poets and short story authors from around the world.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Students will be introduced to, discuss, and enjoy poets and classic short story writers from America and beyond. 
Students will need to read/watch outside of class.  This will be especially important in the short story section but they may also be required to watch a short video on the topics of the poetry lessons before class begins.  I do not anticipate this taking more than one hour for most weeks and most students.  But students who read slower or weeks with particularly long short stories may need a little more. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Grades can be offered upon parents request based on a student's participation in classroom discussion. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents are the best judge of their learners' sensitivities and maturity.  Some of the short stories are intense, but none of them are explicit.  There is character death in "The Veldt" and "To Build a Fire."  Furthermore, the history of the construction of the Great Wall is sad and disturbing.  I would be happy to provide links for parents to preview any of the literature they are concerned about, and I welcome conversation about any of the literature choices here.  Please feel free to reach out.  
Students will access the short stories via YouTube audio books we may also use Youtube to watch background material on authors, genres, or history. 

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Table of available sections

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(371)
I teach all kinds of English classes including writing, grammar, literature, and ESL.  I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction especially poetry, science fiction, and fantasy. 

I have been teaching for more than 10 years.  I taught English... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(20)
Completed by 87 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
2-8 learners per class

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