Unit 1: In this unit, students explore the art of story-telling as readers and writers. They encounter contemporary and classic stories about choices and consequences, and they write about their own real and imagined experiences. Students think figuratively and creatively, and they learn to appreciate the writer’s craft through their study and practice. Through attentive study of a published author’s style and craft, students can emulate the writing style and techniques in the original narratives and myths they generate.
Unit 2: This unit shifts from the art of storytelling to the craft of informing, explaining, and convincing. Students learn to generate ideas through close reading, purposeful research, and productive collaboration. After learning how to write effective expository texts, students build on this knowledge to create convincing argumentative texts.
Unit 3: This unit explores the idea of choices and consequences through a novel that focuses on one young man’s emerging realizations about himself, his family, and the society he lives in. Tangerine takes Paul Fisher, a visually impaired soccer player, on a personal journey of self-discovery. In this unit, students interpret, analyze, and evaluate a novel in terms of point of view, character, structure, and other key literary elements.
Unit 4: In this unit, students explore a range of contemporary and classic poems, monologues, and dialogues to refine their understanding of how writers use language for effect. Students learn how to take their understanding of the written word and express meaning through vocal and visual delivery.
The 2016-2017 school year marks my 14th year of teaching English Language Arts and AVID at DRJHS, and I look forward to 14 more years in this community. I am a native to Arizona and hold degrees from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Outside of the classroom, I can be found enjoying time with my family, chasing my sons, Thomas and David, playing softball, or reading.