This year will be my tenth year teaching Language Arts at Long Branch Middle School. I graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelors degree in English. I then continued my education at Monmouth University where I received a Masters in Teaching (Secondary English) and a Masters in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction.
This year we will be focusing on the reading and writing standards as outlined by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. See link below. We will be covering a variety of literary genres during the year to introduce students to as many different types of texts as possible. The ultimate goal of the class to encourage students to feel confident in their education and help them adjust to their time here at the middle school.
Each week students will be required to use an online vocabulary program called membean for 80 minutes per week. Students can do 20 minutes per day M-Th or they can break down the 80 minutes in a way that best fits their schedule. The 80 minutes must be completed by Friday. Homework will count as a formative grade (30%). If students do not have access to a computer at home, they may make arrangements to come to my room during lunch or in the morning, go to homework club after school, or use the Long Branch Public Library.
Homework Link - Membean
Availability: I am available for extra help before school, during the students lunch, and on Wednesdays after school.
Course Outline - September
Week 1 - 9/4-9/5 - Getting to Know the Class
Week 2 - 9/9-9/13 - Baseline Testing (SRI, Reading and Writing Benchmark)
Week 3 - 9/16-9/20 - Goal Setting and Narrative Writing
We will be setting individual goals based/class goals based on the Benchmark Data
We will be revising the summer reading essay, "20 Year Promise"
Week 4 - 9/23-9/27 - Getting to Genres and Short Story Terms.
We will be discussing the different types of fiction genres.
We will be revisiting short story vocabulary.
Week 5- 9/30-10/4 - Plot and SCR writing.
We will be identifying the different parts of the plot in fiction
We will discuss and practice the important parts of a short constructed response to literature.