About Mrs. Breske:

I went to high school in the West Ada District and graduated from Mountain View High School in 2005.  I attended Boise State University and graduated in 2011 with my Bachelor's in Secondary English Education and an endorsement in History Education.  I am currently working on my master's degree through Capella University and am majoring in Reading and Literacy with a Reading Specialist focus.  I will be graduating in December of 2017 upon completion of all degree requirements. I completed my student teaching at Fairmont Jr. High, and I once taught summer school at Ada County Juvenile Detention Center.  This is my sixth year as a classroom teacher, and I am excited to both teach and learn from all my students.  My other teaching experiences include substitute teaching and I also worked as an Americorps Volunteer as a reading and math tutor for two years at Whittier Elementary.  I am looking forward to this year's new learning opportunities.

Accelerated and Traditional Unleveled English 10:

This year-long course is split into 4 major units, is intended to prepare students for AP English 11, and focuses on multiple genres of writing. Students will learn to write personal narratives, arguments, new journalism style arguments, literary analysis, and synthesis essasys.  Students will read 3 major pieces as a class, along with 4 pieces that will be student-selected.  Accelerated students will have the opportunity to select their novels from the AP suggested reading list.  Students will also learn new vocabulary each week. English 10 Students will read, write, speak, and listen virtually every day.

Traditional English 10:

Traditional English 10 will be blended with Accelerated English 10.  The course descriptions are highly similar.  Traditional students will receive some additional supports to help them read, think, speak, and write about the complex topics of an  Accelerated class. 

English 11:

This year-long course is split into 7 sub-units. Students will build on what they learned in their English 10 class about synthesis by starting the year with a synthesis write about what success means and how it is defined.  Once students have a strong foundation of their understanding of success, synthesis writing style, and analysis, we will work through the American literary movements.  These include: Native American Origin Myths, Puritanism, Rationalism, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism.  English 11 also focuses on preparing students to take the SAT by teaching specific and explicit grammar, sentence structure, writing, analysis, and reading skills and strategies.