Reading, writing, listening and speaking are essential communication skills for all fields, so we will work hard to improve skills in those areas this semester. When these skills are further honed, literature that poses some of life’s most enduring questions and commentaries becomes much more interesting and enjoyable.
For these reasons, we will read, watch the movies of, and create projects about classic works, including those by Shakespeare, essayists, modern fiction and a variety of others. I seek to make English fun for every student who spends time in my classroom. At the end of each semester, all classes will be required to complete the common assessment for each respective grade level.
Middle School: 6th grade will read The Cay, Chinese Cinderella, and several other titles. 7th grade will read Holes, and Freak the Mighty, among other titles. 8th grade will read The Outsiders, Among the Hidden, and Number the Stars, among others. Writing is a major focus for each grade level, as students will work on pieces of fiction and nonfiction alike. Students will balance their time with grade-level reading, writing, and grammatical support; noredink.com is a way to practice at home. Questions, quizzes, discussion, supplementary materials, movies and projects will all bolster students’ learning opportunities.
English 11: The themes of motivation and conflict are explored through the study of The Old Man and the Sea, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and Huckleberry Finn. This semester also requires students to write the Kaley Essay, a paper on a student’s choice of controversial topic (school appropriate and prior-approved). Students do vocabulary work in Sadlier-Oxford books and practice their grammar, mechanics and usage at www.noredink.com.
English 12: We will ask the question, how does each book define good and evil, reading books such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein and Hamlet. During this semester, we will do units 1-8, Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Level E, each week covering 10 words. We will add a couple of projects, essays and films to aid in understanding of the texts. For any senior, resume writing is a requirement for the class
Vocabulary website: https://www.sadlier-oxford.com/vocabulary/levels_a2h.cfm
Grammar Resource: www.noredink.com
Other great sources for vocabulary and grammar growth: