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"Who Was...?" Books: Weekly Author Study Series

Roxann Wheeler, M.Ed.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(192)
In this ongoing course, students will read and discuss "Who Was/Is...?" biographies about famous authors, read and explore excerpts from the authors' well-known writing, and create their very own writing pieces inspired by each author.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Students will:
Connect with a community of readers
Experience a variety of writing styles and voices
Practice small group discussion skills
Develop reading skills
Build critical thinking skills
Enhance writing skills
I am a certified teacher in the state of Maryland in Reading K-12 and English 7-12.  I have over 20 years of experience teaching Reading, ELA, and English courses K-12, as well as experience as a reading specialist K-8.  
Homework Offered
It is preferable that students read the "Who Was/Is..." books outside of class before the live class. However, the live class will be run in such a way that students can still participate in all class activities even if they did not read the book. Each book is approximately 100-115 pages long.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students should have their own copy of the books.  Here is the book list for the fall term:
Week 1 Feb. 11th - 17th:  "Who Was Roald Dahl?" by True Kelley  
Week 2 Feb. 18th - 24th: "Who Was Jane Austen?" by Sarah Fabiny
Week 3 Feb. 25th - March 2nd:  "Who Was Maya Angelou?" by Ellen Labrecque
Week 4 March 3rd - 9th:  "Who Was Jeff Kinney?" by Patrick Kinney
Week 5 March 10th - 16th: "Who Was Beatrix Potter?" by Sarah Fabiny 
Week 6 March 17th - 23rd:  "Who Was William Shakespeare?" by Celeste Davidson Mannis
March 24th - 30th NO CLASS
Week 7 March 31st - April 6th: "Who Is R.L. Stine?" by M.D. Payne
Week 8 April 7th - 13th "Who Is J.K. Rowling?" by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso
Week 9 April 14th - 20th: "Who Was Dr. Seuss?" by Janet B. Pascal
Week 10 April 21st - 27th: "who Was Judy Blume?" by Kirsten Anderson

Students will also need paper and pencil (or the electronic equivalent) each class for their own writing inspired by the author.  I recommend keeping a Writer's Notebook to use throughout the course.  
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(192)
Welcome!  I'm Mrs. Wheeler.  I have a Bachelor's degree in English from Chatham College, Pennsylvania.  I have a Master's degree in Reading from Towson University, Maryland.  I am certified in English 7-12, Reading K-12, and Special Education ages... 
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1x per week
50 min

Completed by 114 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
3-7 learners per class

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