Social Studies

The Secret Language of Writing

This is a multi-day course that will meet common core requirements in social studies/history for grades 6-8 as the children (ages 11-13) learn and practice the origin of handwriting.
18 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners

50 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 6 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed May 25

May 25 - Jul 1 (6 weeks)
We, Fr
3pm - 3:50pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
 The student will learn
            Why writing was invented
            The importance of handwriting
             How one style of writing influenced another style of writing
             The history of the alphabets
              The history of writing materials
               How technology has influenced the writing
As a dedicated education teacher with over 30 plus years of experience in (online and public school) teaching children (birth-sixth grade) with special needs, regular education, students who second language learners, preschoolers, and my children, I know that writing is an important skill.  In addition, I am working on my Ph.D. in Education, my specialization is in Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation (Non-Licensure) As part of my research I am exploring best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment. Specifically, I am examining the theory and empirical research into how oral language (speaking and listening) is related to literacy (reading, writing, and spelling), how the components of literacy, particularly reading and writing, are interconnected, and the changing nature of the empirical study of cross-language relationships. Understanding how the different language systems are correlated with each other can reveal the degree to which progress in writing may be determined by oral language and reading development, which students will likely do best in writing, and why writers err in particular ways. The basic premise of my research is the connection between writing and reading and its relation to linguistics.  I have spent a great of time researching the development of writing and conducted professional development in the impact of the history of writing.  I have an Ed. S from Walden University Online December 2015, M.Ed.  in Curriculum & Instruction University of Phoenix June 2005, BA in Special Education with concentrations in affective, emotional, and cognitive disorders from Old Dominion University June 2002, BS in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University July 1985 with associates degrees in Early Childhood Associate Degree and Sociology. In addition, I have 6 years of online experience in working with children and adults whose second language is English or are learning English, as well as, working with students in the public schools whose second language is English or have language delays (written and spoken).  I have certifications in TEFL and TESOL, in addition, to receiving certifications from professional development provided by public school districts in Texas and Colorado. In addition, I am currently attending Walden University where I am working on my PhD in Education I have taught, developed individual education plans and individual literary plans, and worked with students who have limited fine motor skills, gross motor delays, or sensory or neurological delays, for over 30 years. I have worked with occupational therapists (and other specialists) to develop students' individual education plans, to help them learn to write, specifically to help them develop their eye-hand movements, fine motor, academic skills (reading and writing), gross motor, and life skills.  I was the lead teacher in center-based programs for students with moderate to severe disabilities. I was a resource teacher and inclusion specialist for students with mild to moderate disabilities in public schools.  
I am certified to teach students who have (mild, moderate, and severe) Affective, Cognitive and Emotional disorders. I have taught and adapted programs for students who have physical (fine and gross motor skills) in addition to effective, emotional, and cognitive disorders. In addition, I have trained teachers to work with students in their classrooms who have a variety of disabilities that affect their writing, reading, and math development. During my career, I have maintained and advanced by taking courses and attending workshops in a variety of areas to help students with mild, moderate, and severe (Affective, Cognitive, and Emotional disorders), as well as physical disabilities.  I have also used aids, playdough, small balls, and specialized materials that I have developed, with the help of occupational therapists, to help students to learn to write and develop their fine and gross motor skills.   
No homework will be assigned.
 Please download or use a similar format of the attached file, pen/pencil, colors (either crayon, markers, colored pencils) and notebook paper.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There will be an informal assessment during the lesson and the student will be give a sheet of paper to complete in order to assist with participation during the lesson.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
During the introduction, I will be using videos from YoutubeYouTube can be used through two different types of accounts, in this class we use my account and subscriptions to the following videos:  
-	Extra History: the history of writing
-	British Museum: the history of Writing
The students will not be asked to open their own accounts as this is not necessary.
 Youtube Videos
-	Extra History: the history of writing
-	British Museum: the history of Writing


Michelle Dragalin, E.dS
Lives in the United States
Outschool Literacy Teacher and Ongoing Learner
18 total reviews
25 completed classes

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