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Reading and Writing Across Genres: Winter Trimester (5th/6th Grade)

In this winter trimester course, students will read a book of choice from each of four assigned reading genres and use lessons from their reading to write narrative, persuasive, informational, and fiction prose.
Alicia Harabin
119 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will improve their understanding of the format and purpose of various genres of writing
Students will write narrative, informational, and persuasive texts of fiction and nonfiction
Students will follow the writing process of planning, drafting, revising, and editing their work
Students will practice applying observations from one genre to their own work in another genre
Homework is minimal and flexible, but is required to successfully complete this course. Homework will consist primarily of reading in the beginning of each unit, using posted reflection questions to guide the student's analysis of the text and prepare for discussion in class. As we begin writing, students will need to take additional time between classes to complete prewriting activities, written drafts and revisions. Students are encouraged to share their writing at the end of the unit regardless of where the are in the writing process.
Learners will need to have one book for each three-week unit by the start of that unit. Learners should be able to find book options at no cost through their local libraries, or they may choose to purchase books. Digital books are also acceptable as long as students can view them while they are in class (different device or browser window). In nonfiction units, students will be encouraged to seek digital resources from reliable sources, however the unit can be completed with print materials instead if guardians do not wish to introduce digital research. Students are encouraged to keep a paper or digital notebook to record reading response notes, class notes, and prewriting work. Each unit's major writing assignment may be completed by hand or digitally. Students in this age range are strongly encouraged to create a final draft of their work in a digital format, even if all drafting is completed by hand. Students will have the options to read their work aloud, use the Screen Share feature to show others their work, or to share their work with me in the Teacher tab (either privately or so that I can Screen Share it with the class).
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Because students are invited to select their own reading material for each unit, parents are encouraged to take an active role in helping their learner select literature that is appropriate for their maturity and reading ability.


Alicia Harabin
Lives in the United States
Literacy Instruction with a Theatrical Twist!
119 total reviews
102 completed classes

About Me

Welcome to Outschool! My passion is getting students connected to their learning, and one of the oldest teaching methods to build connection is storytelling. Successful adults can tell good stories, whether they're on the stage, in the... 
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