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Young Authors Create: How to Plan an Exciting and Interesting Story (Ages 12-14)

Have a great story idea, but don't know how to start? Or, have you started a story, but are unsure how to finish? In this one-session class, students will learn the parts of a sophisticated story, and then they'll plan a story of their own.
Nkomo
2 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 7 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
45 minutes
per class
Meets once
12-14
year olds
5-9
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

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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Students will learn the 5 parts of a story arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution (or denouement). They will use this knowledge to analyze cartoons and plan their own creative writing.
Nkomo is a veteran educator and new school counselor who has worked in public and independent schools as a teacher, Special Education department chair, new teacher mentor, and a professional development leader. She has 16+ years of experience teaching grades 7-12, and has taught or co-taught English, Literacy, World Literature, World History, U.S. History, Intro to Computer Science, Advisory Curriculum, Debate, Game Design, smoothie-making, and zombie-movie creation. Nkomo has a B.A. in English from Stanford University, a M.S. Ed. in Teaching from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and an M.S. Ed. in School Counseling form Alfred University. 
There will be no homework assigned.
I will refer to one or two different Pixar shorts (~4 mins) throughout the class that are freely available on Youtube: "For the Birds" and "Pip." The class will be most impactful if students watch both of those (very cute!) videos before class.
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There will be a couple of low-stakes polls during the class to give me a sense of what learners understand and don't understand, and what I need to go over again.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
I will refer to one or two different Pixar shorts (~4 mins) throughout the class that are freely available on Youtube: "For the Birds" and "Pip." The class will be most impactful if students watch both of those (very cute!) videos before class. 

Teacher

Nkomo 16+ years teaching English, History, and Special Education
2 total reviews
1 completed class

About Me

Hi Outschool folks! My name is Nkomo and I am a teacher with 16 years of experience in New York City public and independent schools. I have a Bachelors in English, a Masters in Education with a focus on teaching students with disabilities, a... 
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