8:00AM - 8:30AM
(afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday by request only)
(except Wednesdays and Fridays)
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In English I, students will develop and refine critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral communication skills at the secondary level. Students will expand their vocabulary and learn reading comprehension strategies while surveying a variety of literary and informational texts in context. Their understanding will be enriched by a knowledge of literary elements and genres, as well as the writing process as a whole. Students will then apply their comprehension at higher levels of thinking to produce both analytical responses and original compositions which demonstrate their adherence to state standards. Finally, students will gain an appreciation of the world around them as they examine literature through the lens of historical and cultural context. The first semester, we will focus on drawing connections between texts from multiple genres, as well as poetry, Greek mythology, and expository essay writing. In the second semester, the focus will move toward research and writing, and we will also be reading novels and plays at this time. Throughout the year, I also consistently incorporate skills and knowledge needed to do well on the STAAR end of course exam.
My teaching philosophy: the greatest measure of my value as a teacher is the success of each of my students, so the driving force behind my approach to teaching is student-centered instruction. I believe that every student is a unique individual with an innate curiosity for the world around them and a potential for great things. It is my goal to encourage that desire for knowledge and success in my students. I want them to ask questions and seek answers. The foundation of my teaching philosophy is also my goal as a teacher: to instill a life-long thirst for knowledge and passion for reading and writing in each of my students.
Some of what we will be reading this year:
- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
- The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
- Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
- The Odyssey, Homer
- Poetry and short fiction by a variety of authors