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Writing Rogue: Who Am I and Why am I Here (ages 14-18, College Prep English)

A "Writing Rogue" workshop designed to be thought provoking, inspirational, and empowering, students will examine questions of personal identity, purpose, and the things that define who we are. Level 3/B2 ESL and above.
"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
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160 minutes
per class
Meets once
14-18
year olds
2-6
learners per class
per learner

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Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Prepare students for college level writing by improving critical thinking, reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills through analyzation, synthetization, and collaboration.
Primarily a high school English teacher, I have taught AP English Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition to both native English speakers and English language learners, in both the United States and in China. I have also been coaching and teaching speech and debate (forensics) for almost 20 years. The design of the "Writing Rogue" series is based on the lesson plans used in AP courses, as well as debate. Combining literature (prose and poetry) with nonfiction texts and simplified to be accessible for a variety of academic levels, lessons provide differentiated instruction for all learners as they master their writing skills. Addressing high interest topics for students, these lessons have been highly successful in the past as well as popular among students.
Optional: students may submit a completed draft for review, editing, and critique.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours 40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
selected videos from youtube to be shared on screen
Please note that some of the selections contain language some may find offensive, most notably, "What Kind of Asian Are You?" by Alex Dang. In this poem he does identify racial stereotypes and slurs as he discusses the pain they cause and how they made him feel growing up as an Asian-American. While he uses stereotypes and slurs, he does so to convey and promote the idea that individuals should be judged as individuals rather than based on faulty stereotypes or personal assumptions.
Excerpts from Superman: Birthright
Introductory paragraph from “The Question” by Stanley Ellin
Introductory paragraph from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
“My Honest Poem” a spoken word poem by Rudy Francisco
“What Kind of Asian are You” a spoken word poem by Alex Dang
Selected quotations 

Teacher

"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
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Lives in the United States
The Vagabond Teacher: traveling the world and living the dream
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6 completed classes

About Me

"I am not the teacher that you are looking for," as I wave my hand ever so slightly.

I will not fill your students with rainbows and sunshine. I am not super high tech in the computer age. I don't offer fluff and I have no gimmicks. No puppies,... 
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