I am honored to join the AIM Academy team this year as a new teacher instructing Introduction to Creative Writing and Middle School English A. Although this is my first year at AIM, I am not new to online learning or teaching, as I am a certified educator, former brick and mortar classroom teacher, and I have taught and developed writing curriculum for online students in grades 6-12 for the past year.
Introduction to Creative Writing is a year-long or semester long course for 8-10th grade students and can be viewed as an elective, as well as a pre-AP level full year high school English credit. The course is comprehensive and covers literary analysis, composition, vocabulary, grammar, and the curriculum content topics found in an 8-10th grade course. Writing assignments and the course will be divided into four units, two each semester, which will address the writer’s toolbox, fiction short stories, poetry, and finally, non-fiction. Students will study short pieces by authors such as Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jack London, Isaac Asimov, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain and others. At the end of the year, students will compile their work to build a writing portfolio that they can use to submit to a variety of writing contests, college admissions or other fellowship programs. This class gives students the opportunity to develop skills that will help them succeed in both AP English Language and AP English Literature.
Middle School English A is a course designed for 7-9th graders who are seeking a year-long comprehensive study of literature and writing through online learning. Middle School English A is fun but challenging and will ask students to focus on themed novel and non-fiction studies in a variety of genres, read and analyze short stories and poems, engage in friendly, active discussions, and refine their grammar and vocabulary skills. Students will read a variety of literature throughout the year including Treasure Island, Where the Red Fern Grows, Number the Stars, The Secret Garden, The Westing Game, Holes, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and Bridge to Terabithia among others. Creative writing is a fun component to this class, and students will be asked to explore their creative side! Students will be introduced to the narrative, compare/contrast and argumentative essay, and they will also complete a research paper. Each major learning unit will include a project or concluding assessment, so students can demonstrate their proficiency and understanding.
The writing process is a main focus of all of my courses. Students will draft essays and papers before turning in their final product. Instruction and feedback is of paramount importance, in my view, as students prepare for high school and college level coursework.
Are you new to online learning? Not a problem! I have students from a variety of technology experience backgrounds. In fact, many of my students are first time online learners. These students often jump in with both feet and find that they adjust quickly with my help and they soar to new heights in their learning! I strive to provide a safe, comfortable and highly interactive environment where students are discussing, debating and commenting on course materials, discussion questions, and the text. The majority of the coursework is asynchronous throughout the week. However, I have a constant presence on the class website and provide extensive feedback and instruction throughout the week via our discussion boards, announcements, and through any specific questions students have.
Although the course occurs in an online format, it often does not feel like that. Of course, students are coming and going and completing coursework by each weekly deadline according to their family and academic schedule, but there is also a weekly optional live class which reinforces curriculum topics and content and pushes students to think critically. It is also a chance for students to ask questions about upcoming assignments, interact with their peers, and delve more deeply into literature or curriculum.
I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the online experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I look forward to a wonderful 2014-2015 school year. I welcome questions and contact form prospective students and parents and would love to hear from you!
Emily holds a B.A. in psychology and education and is a certified teacher K-6 and 7-12 in English, Language and Composition. Emily is offering the following classes for Aim Academy:
|Middle School English A (7th-9th)||Emily Mulvihill||Mon 10-11 AM||Register|
|Intro to Creative Writing(8th-10th)||Emily Mulvihill||Mon 11-12 PM||Register|