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Reading Assessment

Opinion Writing and Picture Book Philosophy for Children

Eric Urban
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(152)
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.

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.  

 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.
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.  

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(152)
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... 
Group Class


1x per week
60 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-10
3-9 learners per class

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