7th Grade English
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English is not just about being able to speak, read, and write well; it's about being able to think. I consider analytical and critical thinking vital skills for navigating modern life. While there are many factors to consider, the basic definition of intelligence is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. I want all my kids to be successful - so we focus on acquiring knowledge and applying that knowledge to a wide variety of social, academic, practical, and entertaining phenomena.
My goal is to guide students to improved ability to think, read, write, and communicate effectively. We will examine an expansive selection of literary genres and styles of writing. We will build on old skills and develop new ones.
At this point in their academic career, most of my students perform best within a well defined structure, but English tends to be less structured than math or science, subjects with an absolute, right answer. I strive to provide procedures and structures that allow my students to gain balance with new skills, like training wheels.
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