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Writing Fantasy Edition

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face Grades 4, 5 & 6
access_time 50 mins per week
groups Up to 8 students

Students will examine the life and works of fantasy genre's greatest authors. We build upon weekly writing exercises, to help students draft an original, inspired fantasy piece by the end of the class. Students of all writing levels are certain to benefit from this course. Fun, yet practical writing exercises are certain to inspire young authors while providing them with tools to sharpen their craft.


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Recommendations (2)

favorite Reina

Thank you so much, my son thoroughly enjoyed the class with Ms Barbara today, looking forward to the rest of the classes.
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favorite Chandni

Interactive, challenging and super fun way of storytelling with Ms. Barbara!
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Taught by Ms. Barbara

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Ms. Barbara is passionate teacher and writer with over a decade of experience. As a life-long learner, she continually strives to learn new things and inspire her students to do the same. Having spent three years living in Southeast Asia, connecting across cultures brings her great joy! Through implementing innovative teaching methods, she engages her learners in lessons which serve to build written and oral communication skills alongside academics. She studied English Writing and Communications (receiving Bachelor's degrees in both fields) at the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Certificate in Children's Literature. Not only does she have experience teaching online, abroad, and in Montessori schools, but her written works have also been featured in digital and in-print publications. She is excited to invite her students to explore their imagination's limitless possibilities and creative opportunities abound in her classroom!


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Each week we study the works of a spotlight author, taking into account their style, message, tone, voice, and more. After learning a bit about the author's biography and works, the class will explore a signature element of the featured author's writing. Students are then given a writing prompt inspired by the author's work. Students will spend time drafting, crafting, and sharing their writing. The class will learn and utilize a constructive model for giving and receiving peer feedback. The course will help students: - Examine the life and works of a spotlight author. - Perform a close reading focused on a highlighted element (characterization, mood, symbolism, and author's message) of the featured author's prose. - Draft, craft, and (optionally) share a piece of original work based upon a writing prompt inspired by the spotlight author. - Give, receive, and apply constructive feedback using a peer workshopping model. The outline of each lesson will be as below: - Ice breaker/ writing warm-up - Study of the author through biography, video, documentary, newspaper articles, magazine interviews, informational slides, and other resources followed by a brief discussion. - Examination of spotlight author's works; the class will specifically receive a mini-lesson on a highlighted element of the author's writing, for example: characters, dialogue, style, tone, message etc. - A connected writing prompt is assigned to each student. Students brainstorm their work using graphic organizers and attending to a specific focus. - Students craft pieces and ask questions to the teacher who offers support as needed. - Students share work and give and receive feedback using a positive, constructive peer review model. - At the conclusion of each lesson, students are encouraged to further along their writing and submit for feedback.
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