Course Details:

Learners will need their own copy of the class novel: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Œ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ by Randall Munroe. The teacher will provide the rest of the reading. They also need to have a Google account. Parents can get Google accounts for children under age 13. They will also use Canva and video editing software, all free products.

Books & Beyond A: Tech-Integrated English Language Arts for Future Leaders

$485.00

This course blends academic excellence with project-based learning. Tailored to develop fundamental ELA skills and independence, active and engaged learners complete projects, enhancing essential technology and critical thinking skills.

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Description

This course lays the groundwork for effective communication and critical thinking skills, essential for future leaders. Through a combination of literature, writing, and oral communication activities, students develop a strong foundation in language arts, the bedrock of all other content area studies.

Students learn reading, writing, speech, research, and technology skills through explicit, direct instruction, and then they apply their knowledge while creating projects and presenting them to the class. This class is different in that we focus on real-world application of ELA skills and content. We talk about how to give presentations, how to make a good impression while pitching a proposal, and students learn to use 21st century literacy skills to deliver quality work.

๐Ÿ“ธ ๏ผณ๏ฝŽ๏ฝ๏ฝ๏ฝ“๏ฝˆ๏ฝ๏ฝ” ๏ฝ๏ฝ† ๏ผณ๏ฝ”๏ฝ•๏ฝ„๏ฝ…๏ฝŽ๏ฝ” ๏ผฏ๏ฝ•๏ฝ”๏ฝ๏ฝ•๏ฝ”:
Students will:
–present 5 major class presentations
–read 5 novels and multiple short stories and discuss them in class
–complete grammar and sentence writing exercises each day
–create an educational cartoon
–create an eBook of poetry, including their original work
–participate in a Poetry Slam
–plan, edit, and produce a video version of a short story
–create a time capsule of the year of their birth
–write informational pieces
–create a digital infographic
–create a podcast

๐Ÿ“ท SNAPSHOT OF OUR DAILY ACTIVITIES:
-To create and maintain a friendly environment, we start class by briefly getting to know each other or catching up with life.
-Students practice a short and sweet grammar/writing mini-lesson
-The instructor explicitly teaches the day’s concept or skill, which includes modeling. We often have workshop time where students can get things done and ask questions.
-Students complete their projects in class and for homework.
-Some days include student presentations.
-Some days include student presentations

๐Ÿšจ๏ผฉ๏ฝ๏ฝ๏ฝ๏ฝ’๏ฝ”๏ฝ๏ฝŽ๏ฝ” ๏ผฎ๏ฝ๏ฝ”๏ฝ…:
All students receive specific feedback on their work. We are intentional about putting a little pressure on them and teaching them how to handle that pressure. They will rise to the occasion with mental toughness and confidence because they will know what to do, how to do it, and are absolutely capable of pulling it off. We are building leaders who will take on the world as high achievers.

โœ… ๏ผจ๏ฝ๏ฝ๏ฝ…๏ฝ—๏ฝ๏ฝ’๏ฝ‹:
Students can expect to have about 2-3 hours of homework per week. In addition, they read our class novels.

 

๐Ÿ“† ๐’๐˜๐‹๐‹๐€๐๐”๐’

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿญ-4: ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ & ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด
Class Podcast: “Kids on the Case” by the website ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ.
Students learn journalistic language arts, investigate crime stories, and practice voice recording and editing. The final project entails creating a podcast episode featuring an investigative story.
โฆฟ research & reading for information
โฆฟ writing the podcast
โฆฟ recording and presenting the podcast

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿฑ-๐Ÿณ: ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† & ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜€
Learners study figurative language and poetic devices, then practice identifying their use in a classic, epic poem. Then, they imitate the style and structure of the poem to write their own, publishing it in a music video.
๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐šœ โ„™๐• ๐•–๐•ž: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
โฆฟ Poetic Devices
โฆฟ Poetry Writing
โฆฟ Video editing and poetry presentation
โฆฟ Matching a music style with lyrics

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿด-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ: ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜
In a research project, students explore the literature, music, art, and historical events of their birth year and place, creating a time capsule representing this time.
๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐šœ ๐™ฝ๐š˜๐šŸ๐šŽ๐š•: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜Œ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ by Randall Munroe.
โฆฟ research & reading for information
โฆฟ curating items for the time capsule
โฆฟ Writing a “thing explainer” for the time capsule
โฆฟ Class presentation and game to guess your “thing”

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ: ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝs ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€
Students explore the art of modern oral storytelling in the form of reels, bringing narratives from comic strips alive in our fake Instagram/TikTok.
๐™ฒ๐š•๐šŠ๐šœ๐šœ โ„๐•–๐•’๐••๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•˜: Comic Strips
โฆฟ video recording & adapting a comic to a series of reels
โฆฟ Student project & class presentation

PRE-REQUISITES:

Students should know how to use Google products and be able to tackle extensive technology tools with perseverance as they learn new tools. If students need to develop a foundation of technology tools, they should take this class first: SmartStart ELA: Tech Powered Learners Ready for Middle School

The other semesters of the Middle School Language Arts series of classes are not prerequisites, and these middle school semesters can be taken “out of order.” Still, students should have a solid foundation in reading and writing before taking this class. They should be able to sustain longer periods of independent reading, not losing comprehension of an seventh-grade text. If students still need the learn the essentials of essay writing, you can take one of the following:
Foundations of Essay Writing a five-week class
or the Self-paced (no live meetings) class called Essay Essentials

Get to know Mrs. Lemons and the Lemons-Aid Team a little more.

Lesson Schedule

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Class Introduction Video

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Taught From a Christian Perspective

Our mission is to equip learners’ minds and shepherd their hearts. We want them to have saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and then develop a biblical worldview. This means they view their world, themselves, and God in a way that aligns with what the Bible teaches. This brings great peace and understanding to the believer because we serve a good, sovereign God. This course is taught with these goals in mind. In class, we may pray, read scripture, and discuss how to view the content from a Christian perspective.

We have adoptedย The Masterโ€™s Seminary Doctrinal Statement.

Learners Need Explicit Instruction!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.

Well…

Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.


To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.

 

The Lemons-Aid Team

Lemons-Aid teachers have a few things in common.
โค๏ธ They love their students and value each of their unique strengths and personalities that make our classes special. Our classes can be described as fun, personal, academic, challenging, and supportive.
๐Ÿคฉ We work to keep learners engaged, so there is always a degree of student accountability for their attention and focus, whether that be through asking them direct questions or by using the chatbox.
๐Ÿ’ญ We know all kids can learn, but sometimes things are hard! To support students, we teach them how to develop effective thinking and learning habits that will bring them success in class and in life.
๐ŸŒŸ Building relationships with students so they know we care about them helps us balance the high expectations we have for them regarding their effort, work quality, and behavior. Our students are encouraged, cared for, and they achieve!

๐™†๐˜ผ๐™๐™€๐™‰ ๐™‡๐™€๐™ˆ๐™Š๐™‰๐™Ž: English Language Arts
#High-Energy #Skilled #Experienced #Relational #Fun
Karen is the Founder of Lemons-Aid. She has a bachelor’s degree in English, a minor in Education, and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Liberty University. With a teaching certificate and a principal’s license in both Washington and Colorado, she has many years of experience teaching English Language Arts and History / Social Studies at the middle school and high school levels. Additionally, she is TESOL and TEFL certified and enjoys teaching English Language Learners from all over the world. She has worked in private and public schools at every level and is currently an affiliate faculty member at Colorado Christian University, supervising teacher candidates in their undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. She is a teacher of teachers. A homeschool mom herself, she admits that teaching other people’s kids is easier than teaching her own teenage boys! She lives in the Denver, Colorado area where she cheers on the Broncos, Avs, and the Rockies, but her favorite athletes are her own kids who play hockey and baseball!
๐ŸŽฅ Karen’s Intro Video

 

๐‘ฑ๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ต ๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘จ๐‘ณ๐‘ฌ: English Language Arts
#Experienced #Knowledgeable #Empowering #Patient #Rises Above the Ordinary.
As a certified English teacher, Jenn has taught in some capacity over the course of the past twenty-five years. She has taught middle school and high school English classes in both private and public school settings, tutored international ESL students online, developed and taught literature and public speaking classes for a local homeschool co-op, and homeschooled her own two children. Jenn has a bachelorโ€™s degree in English Education. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Jenn has also taken several graduate-level courses related to teaching. Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, and their two teenagers. She enjoys taking day trips close to where they live in upstate New York. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys singing and performing in plays. Additionally, she enjoys curling up on the sofa to read a good book. More than likely, one of her four cats will be curled up at her feet.
๐ŸŽฅ Jenn’s Intro Video

๐™†๐™๐™„๐™Ž๐™๐™€๐™‰ ๐™๐™๐™€๐™€๐™ˆ๐˜ผ๐™‰: Elementary
#Fun #Inspiring #LoveForLearning
Kristen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in child psychology from Liberty University. For nearly a decade, she has worked in elementary school classrooms, as a private tutor, and as an online ELL teacher. While passionate about education in general, her favorite subjects to both study and teach are reading, grammar, and writing. She and her husband are actively involved in a church where she works as a Sunday School teacher and Children’s Ministry teacher to ages 4-6. No matter where she is teaching, Kristen tries to find ways to connect with her students and to create an exciting classroom that builds a passion for education. It is her desire to not only teach a subject but also to foster a love of learning which inspires students to want to learn more even once the class is completed. Kristen lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and their new baby boy! In her spare time, Kristen loves to create teaching content such as interactive lesson plans, worksheets, and more! She also enjoys doing family outings and crafting.
๐ŸŽฅ Kristen’s Intro Video

๐™ˆ๐™๐™Ž. ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™„:
Elementary
#Engaging #Fun #Patient #Kind #Encouraging
Ali has a Bachelorโ€™s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked with children over the last 11 years. She taught for 6 years in public school, 2 years in Kindergarten and 4 years in First Grade. She has worked as a reading tutor and ESL teacher online for the last 4 years; she has also tutored children in-person in reading, writing, and STEM. Ali believes that every child is a natural learner; she believes that an educatorโ€™s goal is to engage each child in the way that they learn best! She is passionate about creating a safe and FUN environment that teaches the whole child. Each time she enters a classroom, whether it is in-person or online, you can find her singing, playing games, and making learning fun. Ali lives in Missouri, near St. Louis with her husband and fur-child (an 80 lb. German Shepherd who doesnโ€™t know how big he is). In her free time she loves reading, writing, crafts, hiking, working out, and spending time with my family.
๐ŸŽฅ Ali’s Intro Video

๐™†๐™„๐™ˆ๐˜ฝ๐™€๐™๐™‡๐™” ๐™‹๐˜ผ๐™๐™„๐™‰๐™„๐™Ž๐™„: English
#Energetic #Kind #Encouraging #Authentic #Enthusiastic #Guide
Kim loves life, loves people, and loves learning! She views each student as a team member with his or her own unique talents, skills and life experience to bring to the group. She loves helping students expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills to reach their greatest potential. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree from Cairn University in secondary Education with certification in English (NY and PA) and endorsement in music. Her classroom experience has focused on English, PE and Bible education, but she has tutored in a variety of areas including ESL, special ed, math, history, science and music (piano and voice). She lives in northeast PA with her wonderful family. She has homeschooled all of her seven children. The youngest five are still in school and ensure that every day is an adventure. Kim also coaches intramural and competitive sports throughout the year. She loves music, sports, reading and taking long walks up her dirt road admiring wildflowers, listening to birds and reflecting on what she is learning in life!
๐ŸŽฅ Kim’s Intro Video

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