About Mrs. Breske:

I went to high school in the Meridian District and graduated from Mountain View High School.  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 completed my student teaching at Fairmont Jr. High, and I once taught summer school at Ada County Juvenile Detention Center.  This is my fourth 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 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, creative pieces such as poetry, and rhetorical analysis.  Students will read 6 major pieces as a class, along with 2 pieces that will be student selected from the AP suggested reading list.  Students will also learn new vocabulary each week and be given explicit grammar instruction each week.  Accelerated 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 this year.  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 argument by analyzing and writing satire.  Once students have a strong foundation of argument and analysis, we will work through the American literary movements.  These include: 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.