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Writing Club for LGBTQ+ Writers


Opinion Writing and Picture Book Philosophy for Children

In this class, students will use the OREO graphic organizer to write opinion paragraphs based on philosophical questions raised by popular children's picture books.
Eric Urban
131 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will use the OREO graphic organizer to write an opinion paragraph or multi paragraph essay. 
I have 13 years of experience teaching at the elementary level.  For 8 of those years I taught students with multiple disabilities, emotional disturbances and specific learning disabilities.  I welcome learners of all abilities and learning styles.  I have a Master of Arts and Teaching, Special Education from Pacific University, Oregon.  My Bachelor of Arts degrees are in Religious Studies and Philosophy.  

My experience teaching philosophy through children's stories started as an effort to expand my students comprehension beyond setting, character and events. The stories we were reading in class often made interesting claims, some of which invited further discussion.  A complete philosophy lesson covers skills in reading, critical thinking, speaking and listening, and writing. 

Children are full of opinions, ask questions constantly and if they don't know an answer they will make one up.  All traits of a good philosopher.  

Students will write and submit an opinion paragraph.
 2 files available upon enrollment
Provided by the teacher: Video explaining the OREO graphic organizer The OREO graphic organizer Word and phrase bank for introductions and transitions
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Writing samples will be assessed using Smarter Balanced grade 3-5 writing rubric.  
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Topics of friendship, sharing, bravery, Identity (what makes me who I am), aesthetics and basic ethics will be discussed at an age appropriate level in this class. The teacher does not present their own opinion on these topics.  The teacher will work as a facilitator for the discussion.  


Eric Urban
Lives in the United States
Master of Arts and Teaching, Licensed Special Education Teacher
131 total reviews
66 completed classes

About Me

I have 14 years of experience teaching in both special and general education.  I currently hold a Professional level Special Education license in the state of Oregon.  My undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy are from the... 
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