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English Class for High Schoolers: Common Core Reading and Writing Skills

Project-Based Middle School English - Creative Projects and Literary Analysis

Jill Harper
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(276)
A 15-week ELA course for upper middle school students. The focus of this course is on acclaimed literature and meaningful work.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Students will grow as readers and writers while learning to make connections with the books they read. Students will demonstrate their critical analysis skills through reading responses, class discussions, and essays. Students will also complete creative projects that showcase their understanding of the major themes in the course. 
Homework Offered
Students will need to read 5 complete novels and several short stories during this course. Estimated reading time depends on the student, but the average will be 2 to 3 hours a week. If students do better with audiobooks, that is completely acceptable. In addition, students will have 3 reading responses due and will be completing two creative projects and one literary essay. Again time will vary on these, but expect an average of 2 to 3 hours a week.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (https://amzn.to/3OJSXYJ)
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (https://amzn.to/3oEx969)
Booked by Kwame Alexander (https://amzn.to/3bn3POm)
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (https://amzn.to/3vpMtHu)
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (short story that will be provided to the student)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (https://amzn.to/3Q7YjxN)
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Learners will use Google Classroom as part of this course primarily to turn in assignments to me. Learners need a google account to join. The code for Google Classroom will be in the Outschool classroom. Please note that learners will not use Google Classroom to communicate and interact.

I sometimes share YouTube links for learners. These will only appear in the Outschool classroom for the student's safety. 

All books are middle-grade or YA level. Please read reviews or pre-read if you have concerns.  A Wizard of Earthsea and A Face Like Glass contain typical fantasy elements. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins all deal with violence directed at young people or adults. There is death in all three stories. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(276)
Please note that I am leaving Outschool in May of this year. You will be able to find me at mothlearning.com 

Hello! My name is Jill and I am passionate about education and have extensive experience teaching in the online community. I love... 
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for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
55 min

Completed by 6 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-13
5-10 learners per class

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