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"Percy Jackson ELA" (Part 1) Middle School Reading & English Language Arts

"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(84)
Filled with great creative projects & amazing book discussions, this MS ELA course is definitely not ordinary, but then neither is Percy. This class is centered around the Percy Jackson series & aligned with core standards. Grade available

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
In this course students will…
-determine theme;
-analyze plot and its various phases;
-examine how literary elements affect plot progression, assist in character development, and convey meaning, including: motif, symbol, foreshadowing, echoing, flashback, opposition, metaphor, irony, foil, choice of language; 
-understand the mono-myth (Hero’s Journey) and character archetypes;
aligned with core ELA standards
I have been working in education for nearly 20 years, primarily as a high school English teacher and speech and debate coach. I am certified and experienced in both AP English Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition. I have also taught at the middle school and primary school levels, and I have taught traditional ELA and ESL course in both the United States and China, as well as teaching online. I specialize in literary analysis and writing instruction, but I am also known for my fun and engaging projects and have an extensive background in Project Based Learning.
Homework Offered
Estimated reading time 2-4 hours a week, 15-25 hours total. Assignments and projects: 2-4 hours per week (Approximate weekly average: 5-8 hours, including reading) *Students will be provided with ample time for each assignment, allowing them to manage their time efficiently or work ahead if desired. **Projects are creatively driven and are designed to be fun and engaging while reaching and exceeding learning targets and standards. Actual time will vary based on student ability and level of interest in the specific project. Assignment breakdown -Students will independently read 5 young adult novels.. (300-400 pages per book, estimated reading time, 4-6 hours per novel) -Students will complete a reading guide for each novel, including vocabulary (about 30-60 minutes per novel) -Students will complete two ongoing projects each week (about 90 minutes each week). These include the heroes and monsters character catalogue, adding characters and historical figures each week, about 1-2 hours per week and 1 weekly postcard. -Students will complete two small and two large projects during this course (about 3-5 hours total)
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
-Parents and students will need to obtain their own copies of novels (or audiobooks) read in this course.
-Parents and students will need to obtain their own access to suggested films. No links will be provided.
-Students will need necessary supplies to complete the projects.  Given that students have many options withing the individual projects, specific needs will vary. Further details and instruction will be provided to parents and students at the beginning of the course.
All novels in this course are considered young adult or teen and are written with this age group in mind. Some novels will contain mild violence, tame love stories, and/or supernatural elements and/or creatures.
Accompanying films may be rated PG-13.
Books in this course (all books by Rick Riordan)
*Separate enrollment required for each part

Part 1
-The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
-The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Part 2
-The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
-The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

Part 3
-The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

Parents/students are responsible for obtaining all source material.
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(84)
"I am not the teacher that you are looking for," as I wave my hand ever so slightly.

I will not fill your students with rainbows and sunshine. I am not super high tech in the computer age. I don't offer fluff and I have no gimmicks. No puppies,... 
Group Class


for 8 classes
2x per week, 4 weeks
45 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-15
1-8 learners per class

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