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Middle School English - A Semester Course (Classic Literature - Student Choices)


Strong Foundations 6th Grade English Language Arts Reading, Grammar, Writing Unit D

This six-week language arts unit meets twice/week. It fits into a full semester sixth-grade English curriculum (flexible 5th-7th) designed to help middle school students reach new levels of learning in literature, grammar, & writing.
Alison Stephens
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50 minutes
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Twice per week
over 6 weeks
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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
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BS Degree in English Education, 30+ years teaching experience for all ages from preschool to adult, former homeschool mom, current loving Nana to the best grandkids ever! 
Between classes, students will:
1. Read (or listen to) the assigned reading chapters before each class discussion. A reading guide will be provided to help with comprehension and preparation.
2. Complete the provided grammar practice worksheets to reinforce the grammar material
3. Complete various writing tasks
A copy of "Breaking Stalin's Nose" by Eugene Yelchin A notebook or folder to keep assignments and worksheets Pen or pencil and paper for jotting notes or writing important thoughts A writing journal for writing practice and brainstorming Occasional simple craft materials (colored pencils, markers, etc) These will be noted in class and in the classroom the week before they are needed.
Parents are welcome to contact me to discuss any requests for grades or for completion verification.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
All literature is chosen from a generally recognized collection of age-appropriate, often award-winning, books. Parents are encouraged to research any unfamiliar books to be sure they are appropriate for their learner. 

Here is a synopsis for the book study in this unit:
"Breaking Stalin's Nose" by Eugene Yelchin
Sasha Zaichik is a ten-year-old boy living in the Soviet Union during the 1950's Cold War era, under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. The day he has been waiting for, the day he will officially join the Young Soviet Pioneers, has finally arrived. But suddenly everything goes horribly wrong. He breaks a classmate's glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust of Stalin in the school hallway. And worst of all, his father has been arrested as an Enemy of the State. Based loosely on events in the life of the author, this book portrays a young boy's sudden realization that not everything he has always been told is true.
“A miracle of brevity, this affecting novel zeroes in on two days and one boy . . . Black-and-white drawings march across the pages to juxtapose hope and fear, truth and tyranny, small moments and historical forces, innocence and evil. This Newbery Honor book offers timeless lessons about dictatorship, disillusionment and personal choice.” —San Francisco Chronicle

NOTE: This book is set within the historical context of the Cold War under the harsh dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. Although there are hints of people (including Sasha's mother) having potentially been executed in prison, the story is told from the viewpoint of a 10-year-old and there are no detailed depictions of any torture or death.  All discussion of basic world events surrounding this story will be age appropriate. Age ranges are flexible. Please reach out about learners that are outside the stated range.


Alison StephensEnglish Teacher/ Former Homeschool Mom/ Loving Nana.
252 total reviews
162 completed classes

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