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Foundations of Writing and Beyond: Explore, Write and Have Fun!

Writing About US History Through Literature With IEW Semester 1 (Middle)

Class
Mrs. Jen Altman MSEd
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(380)
Utilize IEW writing skills to write about history as learned through literature, pre-colonial to civil rights.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
Moving through Units 1–9 of the IEW methods, students will take notes, write from pictures, put together a mini research report, and compose creative essays.
I am a registered IEW instructor and have been using IEW for many years.  I have a Master's Degree in Education.  Additionally, I have completed the Anti-Racism I course through University of Colorado Boulder to better prepare me to discuss sensitive racial topics that have occurred throughout history.  I continue to educate myself on these topics from those from the communities which are most greatly affected.  I am also working through Anti-Racism II from University of Colorado Boulder and Black History, Black Freedom and Black Love from MasterClass. 
Homework Offered
Homework will be assigned each week and should be uploaded to the classroom before class. Each writing assignment includes a composition checklist, so what is expected is easily outlined.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Papers are graded on a rubric, based on a checklist provided with each assignment.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
The following books are required reading you can purchase them for a bookstore or borrowed from the library: See Behind Trees by Michael Dorris Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich Baby Rattlesnake by Lynn Moroney (Pawnee Tribe) How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki Tribe) When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Tribe) A Man Called Raven by Richard Van Camp (Alaskan Dena'ina Tribe) Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: Young Reader's Edition by Erica Armstrong Dunbar How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle I Thought My Sould Would Rise & Fly by Joyce Hansen
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
We will deal with sensitive history topics such as The Trail of Tears, Indian Removal Act, will touch on genocide and land theft, as well as Nazi Concentration Camps.  Japanese Internment Camps, Tulsa Race Massacre touch on racism and violence related to racism.  We will discuss Enslavement, Civil Rights, as well as the Chinese Inclusion Act.  We will learn to think critically about these events and after reading about them from carefully selected literature, we will use them as a jumping off point for essay writing of various types.  If questions arise regarding any of these items, including Indigenious People, I will share what I do know and research from reliable sources what I do not know. 
The following books are required reading you can purchase them from a bookstore or borrow from the library:
Baby Rattlesnake by Lynn Moroney (Pawnee Tribe)  
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki Tribe)
When Turtle Grew Feathers:  A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Tribe)
A Man Called Raven by Richard Van Camp (Alaskan Dena'ina Tribe)
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(380)
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I am a homeschooling mom of 5.  I have a Masters Degree in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education.  I taught English as a foreign language online to kids  in Asia for 4 years.  I have children ages 17, 15, 13, 10 and 8.  I taught... 
Group Class

$285

for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
55 min

Completed by 13 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-12 learners per class

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