Klein’s Classes now offers eight online classes as a supplement to the Skills for Students’ Success textbook. The classes correspond with one or more book chapters and they last around 20 minutes apiece. Each lesson is fast, engaging, and quite affordable. Students will respond to Ms. Klein’s direct, no-nonsense approach as she leads students through the book chapters.
All of the classes can be purchased from this website in the Student Success Package tab in the upper righthand corner. The $125.00 Student Success Package provides the Skills for Students’ Success textbook and these eight online classes. The Student Success Package + also includes the Skills for Students’ Success textbook, these eight online classes as well as a handy “Student Success Supplies Kit”.
The Skills for Students’ Success textbook is referenced repeatedly during each lesson and should be available to students as they watch each class.
Listed below are descriptions of each of the eight lessons:
▾ Lesson 1: Chapter 1 - Classroom Success
This lesson is the most important one. It covers attitude, habits, communication, appearance, and health. It also teaches the importance of how these topics affect success in the classroom. Students are taught how proactive behavior, taking initiative, having empathy, getting enough rest, and being grateful will contribute to classroom success. View Lesson 1.
▾ Lesson 2: Chapter 2 - Organizational and Study Skills
This lesson covers the supplies a student needs to stay organized and how to study. It covers how time management skills, the importance of a 3-ringed binder, using an assignment notebook, knowing the three places for papers, memory tricks, and proper note-taking will contribute to classroom success. View Lesson 2.
▾ Lesson 3: Chapters 3 & 4 - Writing and Personal Narrative
This lesson covers the top five things to do to become a better writer. It also teaches the skills needed to write a personal narrative – from the prewriting stage through the final essays. Keeping a journal, improving critical thinking skills, proficiency in reading and comprehension, writing with an authentic voice, and asking for help are covered in this lesson. “Show don’t tell” writing lessons are also covered. View Lesson 3.
▾ Lesson 4: Chapters 5 & 6 - Persuasive and Descriptive Writing
This lesson covers the skills needed to write persuasive and descriptive essays – from the prewriting stage through the final essays. It teaches the writer how to develop a position, create an image, use three points to support the topic, and write a good conclusion. It covers the importance of key features and includes hints on how to connect the paper with the reader. Writing lessons about “show don’t tell” are stressed. View Lesson 4.
▾ Lesson 5: Chapters 7, 8, & 9 - Expository, Cause and Effect, and Compare and Contrast
This lesson covers the skills needed to write expository, cause and effect, and compare and contrast essays – from the prewriting stage through the final essays. It teaches how these essays inform or explain in the writing forms of research reports, book reports, how-to papers, and science-lab reports. It also covers explaining relationships between two things and analyzing the similarities and differences between two topics. Using details, Venn diagrams, having solid knowledge and interest around a topic, and writing with the “show don’t tell” lessons will help the student learn good writing habits. View Lesson 5.
▾ Lesson 6: Chapters 10 & 11 - Creative Writing and Writing a Comic
This lesson covers the skills needed to write creatively – from the prewriting stage through the final essay. Knowing that every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end is covered. Using characters, setting, rhetorical questions, and dialogue are taught. These types of creative writing are included: tall tales, fantasy, realistic and historical fiction, science fiction, plays, and poems. Writing devices used are alliteration, assonance, end rhyme, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, and simile. It teaches the student to use imagination, originality, and expressiveness. A section on comics is included that outlines each step in the comic process, displays common layouts and provides examples. View Lesson 6.
▾ Lesson 7: Chapters 12 & 13 - Answering Essay Questions, and Business and Friendly Letter Writing
This lesson teaches the skills needed to write effective essay answers. The importance of being organized, staying on topic, and providing examples and details are taught. Knowing that essay questions my ask students to define, tell how or why, compare or contrast, and provide reasons or evidence, analyze or interpret a topic are discussed. Using a pyramid diagram for prewriting is included. This lesson also covers various forms of letter writing from informal to formal. Parts of a letter with examples and hints are included. View Lesson 7.
▾ Lesson 8: Chapters 14, 15, & 16 - Speeches, Reading, and Libraries
This lesson covers three types of speeches: persuasive, demonstration, and informative. Key features needed for a good speech – capturing the audience’s attention, supporting your topic, and effective conclusions are taught. Reading topics teach the 4-block method that enables a student to improve two reading levels in just one year, regardless of learning disabilities or intelligence. It also includes the importance of libraries and what they can provide to improve classroom success. View Lesson 8.
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Dear Parents and Teachers
Here is how it works…access the online classes with the password that is on the inside cover of the textbook, Skills for Students’ Success. You will then have access to all online classes. I would sit with your child and view the 20-minute lessons with the book and highlight the book as you listen and watch the lessons.
• I suggest learning from each chapter one at a time; however, Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 are okay to watch and learn back-to-back.
• Lessons 3-8 should be covered in no more than one lesson per week. I spend at least one week on each lesson. Children learn best with one-on-one help and plenty of time for practice. Spend an hour on just the prewriting (making a web with details for the essay). Then the children need a break.
• Write the rough draft with the notes from their web on day two and three. It will take my students one to two days with one-hour sessions to complete the rough draft. The essays should be handwritten.
• Once all five paragraphs are finished, I then type up the essays if I am providing one-on-one help. If I am teaching an entire class, the children will type their own papers. I will have the children go over the typed rough draft and make corrections. I will then go over it with them to make final corrections.
• I will type up their final draft (or they type up their final draft) and many times I will have the kids illustrate their essays.