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Reading/Writing Workshop for Tweens (Do Not List!)

In this ongoing class, learners will grow as a community of readers and writers using published authors as models for writing.
Katrina Gonzales
7 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse 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

This class is taught in English.
Learners in this class will become reflective, self-directed readers and writers. The teacher's style is one of encouragement emphasizing self-discovery through guiding questions and inquiry. In all of my classrooms, learner interaction is key. Respect for self and others will be paramount as learners share their ideas, their writing, and a bit of their hearts during my classes. Learners will experience group discussion, group and individual teacher feedback, and a myriad of ways to learn and enjoy English language arts. This class does not follow the tenets of a traditional English language arts class. Much like a one-room classroom of the past, though, the learning and teaching will be fluid and dynamic, reaching each learner at their "just right" spot in all of the aspects of an English language arts classroom. 

•	Reads a book and cannot wait to chat about it with others.
•	Wants to grow as a writer.
•	Is excited about setting goals for themselves as a reader and as a writer.

TOPICS COVERED (The following will be covered at some point during these classes; however, this is NOT an exhaustive listing of the topics we will cover) :
•	Understanding and practicing sentence structure
•	Developing paragraphs in writing
•	Exploring the themes in novels
•	Using facets of fiction to write non-fiction
•	Understanding characterization in novels

(Please note that, in a reading-writing workshop classroom, many of the topics are determined by the learners, either by choice or by need determined by the teacher. For example, if all learners in a particular section have a strong understanding of plot structure, the teacher will not spend the entire 55 minutes working with the class on this concept.)

I have taught learners in public schools for 31 years. Throughout this time, I have been willing to approach sensitive and high-risk topics with my learners in a thoughtful and respectful manner. Over the many years, my training consisted of a three-week course to build peer leadership within the classroom, a number of topic-specific professional development activities related to a variety of sensitive topics, and, also, training other teachers how to do the same in their classrooms.
Homework will be expected. Learners will need to read a book of their choosing daily for at least 20 minutes. Rarely, the teacher may assign a common piece of literature (ex. poem, short story, article, etc.) for the learners to read prior to the next class. Please note that these common pieces will be brief in nature.

Learners will write often. There will not be an adequate amount of time in our classes for learners to fully complete writing pieces. They will be expected to write in their Writers' Notebooks throughout the week. 
Writers' Notebook: learners may select any type of notebook in which they enjoy writing. The teacher will show examples throughout the class. Current book student is reading must be accessible during each class.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Informal assessments throughout this class will provide learners with the feedback they need to improve and to thrive in ELA.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents are encouraged to help their learners select reading material. In this manner, the values and the expectations of each individual family is respected. Nevertheless, please remember that this class is built on voice and choice with ALL learners. Therefore, there is always the possibility that another learner's chosen novel may contain material you or your learner find objectionable. In such situations, the student must communicate with the teacher and may take a break from class as the other student discusses their book. 
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Katrina Gonzales
Lives in the United States
Veteran Teacher/ Forever Learning
7 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me

I'm really looking forward to meeting your learner. 

While I hold a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in Ed-Tech Leadership, and a few more certifications, my 31 years in education speak more to my love of learning, my love for... 
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