Mrs. Vera


School Phone Number: (210) 374 - 0710

Conference Times: M-TH 8:48 am - 9:48 am

Welcome to 7th Grade

English Language Arts (ELA)

Hello!!! My name is Melinda Vera and this is my first year teaching at Compass Rose Academy! I was born and raised on the south side of San Antonio and I received my Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University San Antonio. I have two beautiful children and I have been married to my husband for 9 years. My hobbies include hanging out with my family in our back yard while my husband barbecues and watching movies with popcorn. Teaching and working with children is a passion I hold dear to my heart! I believe that every child is capable of learning and it is my goal to make sure that each and every one of my scholars is provided with an equal opportunity education. I'm excited for this new year and I look forward to working you! Go Polar Bears!

Course Vision

Course Grading Breakdown

Middle School Category Weights

Assessments - 75%

Classwork - 25%


"Lord of the Flies"

Author: William Golding

Audio Book:


Unit Overview

Unit Overview: British school boys are evacuated during a nuclear war and their plane crashes on an uninhabited island. Initially, they celebrate freedom from the adult world, but fear of an unascertainable Beast lurking in the forest stokes competition over leadership. Quickly, the boys’ ordered civilization unravels and any hope of rescue seems impossible.

Key Understandings: This unit is designed with repeated exposure to the following conceptual understandings:

  • The fight between good and evil is an age-old conflict.
  • Hunger for power and irrational fear can silence wisdom and reason.
  • Golding believes that civilized society is inevitably corrupted (or destroyed) by the innate tendency to sin in all humans.

Key Background Knowledge: Below is a list of some of the core knowledge emphasized over the course of the unit. Students will repeatedly interact with these concepts, in addition to other ancillary topics that will strengthen their understanding and analysis of the novel.

Contextual Knowledge

    • Invention of the Atom Bomb and Mass Evacuations
    • Democracy vs. Dictatorship
    • The British Empire
    • Evacuations during World War II
    • Philosophies of Human Nature
    • Herd Mentality

Literary Knowledge

  • Allegory and Archetype (e.g. Golding uses characters to convey aspects of human nature and civilization)
  • Allusion (e.g. frequent references to the Bible allow Golding to craft figurative meaning)

Important Updates and Deadlines

  • September 6, 2019: Nightly Reading pp. 68-75
  • September 9, 2019:
      • Nightly Reading pp. 76-78
      • Study Knowledge Organizer
      • Quiz tomorrow
  • September 10, 2019:
      • Nightly Reading pp. 80-88
  • September 11, 2019:
      • Lord of the Flies pp. 93-103 (from “Ralph was dreaming” after the section break to “We’d better take spears” on p. 103)
      • Extra Credit: #6 and #7 from packet
      • Quiz tomorrow!
  • September 12, 2019: Nightly Reading: Lord of the Flies pp. 109-115
  • September 13, 2019: Nightly Reading: Lord of the Flies pp. 119-123
  • Catch up! If you have any missing assignments, collect them and bring them to me completed on Monday. Have a beautiful weekend!