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English

Writing Short, Fictional Stories (New Type of Story Each Week)

In this ongoing class, kids will write different kinds of fictional short stories such as mysteries, science fiction, and various types of fantasy fiction.
Lisa Rohloff
302 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 11 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
45 minutes
per class
3x per week
every week
10-14
year olds
3-9
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
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Students will become better writers as they enjoy writing different kinds of fictional short stories. They will:
 - Improve grammar and spelling.
 - Learn about different kinds of fiction including characteristics and examples.
 - Have opportunities to share their writing with their peers.
 - Gain confidence in their writing abilities.
 - Learn to write good sentences and paragraphs.
 - Learn the structure of a story including elements of a plot.
 - Learn to use dialogue, monologue and character's body language to show what a character is thinking and feeling.
 - Be able to identify different kinds of fiction.
 - Express their creativity.
 - Learn how to create an editing checklist.
 - Learn about the writing process which includes planning, writing a draft, revising, editing, proofreading, and Stuwriting a final copy.
I love working with kids! I have 14 years of teaching experience, and I have taught in both traditional school settings and as a homeschool parent. I am passionate about helping kids at all levels of their reading and writing journey. It's so exciting when I see a student gain confidence as a reader/writer or when I can help a young aspiring writer achieve their dreams.

My writing experience includes writing copy for marketing materials, ghost writing for corporate executives, technical writing, writing newspaper articles, and writing instructions for digital technology applications. Managing a corporate internal newsletter was one of my favorite projects. I created the newsletter design, interviewed and wrote articles about team members, and managed the editing and submission process for all the contributors. As a hobby, I love to write short stories, poetry, and songs. I can't imagine my life without writing.

My education includes a BA in Communications and a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication (MSTPC). Because I have completed 2 years of my BA and all of my MS classes online, I am skilled with the various aspects of online learning. I love using what I have learned to help kids become better at reading and writing.
Each week students will write a story that is between 300 and 700 words. They will also have graphic organizers and planners to help them design their stories.
Note: Students do not have to have Word or Google Docs to do this class. Their stories can also be handwritten. If they are typing, the story can be typed in either Word or Google Docs - you do not need both. Students will need pencil or pen for graphic organizers and planners that are printed out. Students can edit the worksheets electronically if they would rather not print them out. They can also open them on their screen and write the answers on a separate page. Since they will write a story each week, they will need the tools necessary to either handwrite or type.
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After students turn in their story, I will review it and send my feedback. My feedback will include things they did well and areas in which they can improve. I look for grammar, spelling, sentence and paragraph structure, good descriptions of characters and scenes, balancing dialogue with descriptions, using the 5 elements of a plot, tone, verb tenses, and how well they adhere to the specific characteristics of the type of story they are writing.
2 hours 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I choose age-appropriate story examples to refer to in class. I also talk with students about making sure the stories they write would have a G or PG rating if they were made into a movie. 

Students may handwrite their stories. However, if they choose to type them, they can use either Google Docs or Microsoft Word.
I provide all materials kids need. Before the week starts, I will post materials in the classroom. This usually consists of a planner and/or a graphic organizer. Other than that, students will need paper and pencil/pen or something used for typing such as Word, Google Docs, or some other tool. Stories can be handwritten or typed.

Teacher

Lisa Rohloff
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Teacher and Writer
302 total reviews
313 completed classes

About Me

I love working with kids! I have 14 years of teaching experience and have taught in traditional school settings, online, and as a homeschool parent. I'm passionate about helping kids at all levels of their reading and writing journeys. I feel... 
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