What I teach

 Reading I and II

Reading I and II is for students who qualify for additional reading instruction.  This class focuses on vocabulary building, word attack skills, fluency, and reading skills such as getting the main idea, understanding inferences, or finding supporting details. Students begin instruction at the grade level indicated from testing and advance as the year progresses.  Students will have this course for one or two semesters.

                             English Language Development I and II
English Language Development is an intensive writing and grammar class.  Students learn the parts of speech and part of a sentence leading to an understanding of syntax.  They learn the Kansas University program's approach to sentence writing, build on that to create organized paragraphs, and finally produce essays.  Students do narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository writing during the two semesters they spend in this class.

Sheltered English 1
Sheltered English is for a select group of students who require sheltered instruction in English.  The course follows the same curriculum as English 1 and offers units on short stories, novels, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, and grammar and mechanics.  Students advance from this class into regular English 2 classes.

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