Degrees and Certifications:
Welcome to Language Arts! I am very excited to work with all of you this school year. While I have been described as a fun, passionate and engaging teacher, I also have high expectations. As long as you are willing to work hard, take responsibility for your own actions, be respectful of other students and adults around campus, and practice safety--everyone will feel successful and it will be an exciting school year.
In this class you will practice a deeper critical thinking approach to reading, vocabulary, writing and language. You will read and annotate informational articles and analyze texts for central idea based on textual evidence of non-fiction and fiction. Readings will include classic/contemporary pieces that represent diverse perspectives. We will read short stories, poetry, and nonfiction articles found in the StudySync online learning platform as well as other articles from Newsela; and novels such as Call of the Wild, The Outsiders and The Giver in the 7th grade; and Hatchet, The Lightning Thief and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in the 6th grade. Concurrent with our in-class readings, students will also have an independent reading book for D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) and for reading outside of school. Students should be reading as often as possible.
Besides responding to text questions, creating questions and reflective journal writing, students will also continue to write arguments, arguments that must be supported with evidence from cited material. In middle school, there is a strong emphasis on supporting claims. Whether made verbally or in writing, claims must be supported with evidence. Students will also practice collaborative conversations by employing academic language in pairs, small groups and entire class discussions using sentence frames.
My goal is to get students thinking and writing critically about our readings, while making personal connections to their lives and to their perception of the world as it unfolds before them every day.
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Degrees and Certifications
- Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and minor in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University
- Masters of Arts in Education from Graceland University
- CLAD certified
- Single Subject Credential in English from San Francisco State University