Middle School Literature

Middle School Literature

Tutor Name: Lisa Hyma

Grades: 6 th-8th

Class Description:

In this class, students will work with high-quality and challenging literature that will help stretch their minds and increase a love for reading. Students will read literature, engage in deep and meaningful conversations about it with their peers, write quality responses using the text, and create projects that will deepen their understanding of the text. Students will also learn how to look for underlying meaning that the author has not directly stated through irony, symbolism, theme, drawing conclusions, and making inferences. This class will be taught on a two-year loop. The same skills will be reinforced both years using different novels. Objectives: The student will be able to: – Compare and contrast characters’ motives within a novel – Identify major themes within a novel – Discuss texts with a peer group in a way that brings deeper meaning to the novel – Use textual evidence within a written analysis to help bring meaning to the text – Identify symbols within a text and construct meaning from them – Read from a variety of genres, understanding the major components in each – Summarize important information from non-fiction text – Research a topic from credible sources and present the information in front of others.

Sample Novels:

  • Call it Courage
  • The Giver
  • Roll of Thunder
  • Hear My Cry
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Whipping Boy
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Sample Projects:

Research project on a major event in history- complete with newspaper article and class presentation.

Supplies Needed:

  • Novels (can be bought or checked out from a library)
  • 2 subject spiral notebook
  • folder

Tuition and Payment Schedule:

$350 for the year. Half ($175) is due the first week of class in September. The second half is due at the beginning of the second semester in January.

Drop/Add Policy:

If a student needs to drop the class, tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis for the number of classes we have left, less a small amount for the church building fee.

About the Tutor:

Lisa has been teaching at KAT since 2015. Prior to teaching here at KAT, she taught 3 rd grade at an elementary school in Arizona for one year and 4th grade at Dorr Elementary in Dorr, Michigan for two years. She also taught for one year online at Laurel Springs Academy, teaching students in grades 3-8. Lisa received her Bachelor of Art degree from Grand Valley State University in 2007, majoring in English with a minor in Elementary Education. She also received her Master’s in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on educational differentiation in 2016 from GVSU. She has experience working with students from various age ranges and reading levels, and she strives to meet each student where they are to help them grow and develop a lifelong love of reading. Outside of teaching, Lisa stays home with her three young boys, Titus, Asher, and Coen. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle, playing with her boys, being outside, watching sports, and, on rare occasion, running. Lisa and her family live in Grand Rapids, where they attend Ada Bible Church. Lisa is a leader of a small group, and Kyle volunteers in the preschool ministry.

Contact Info:

Lisa Hyma

11441 Ivy Grove West

Grand Rapids, MI 49534