Tualatin High School Honors English summer assignment.
Here is the assignment list page.
Pictures from the Oregon Writing Festival 2014 here
Google docs for students:
Username is 18lastnamefirstinitial
PW is capital first name initial your ID # lower case last name initial
Ms. J would be 18johnsonk
Classroom needs - ongoing:
We can always use pretzels for SSR on Fridays. We go through about 3 Costco large bags a week, and I purchase them if parents don't help out. And, Smarties are always appreciated. Thanks! (Please do not feel obligated to help out financially if it would be a hardship. For those who can, though, I'd sure appreciate it.)
We will not have multiple rounds as we have in previous years (unless your child does not meet the benchmark the first try). This is good and bad. Good because less class time is taken, but bad because students who meet but do not exceed will not have multiple opportunities to try to exceed.
It's important to realize that last year the cut score to meet benchmark was increased to get Oregon more in line with other states. Also, the 8th grade test is significantly more difficult than the 7th grade one. That's OK with me, good even, but it also means that quite a number of students will likely be disappointed in their scores.
What can you do to help? Encourage and monitor at home independent reading. The reason I focus on this so much is to make sure kids are prepared for the rigors of high school and beyond. The stakes are even higher in high school because they must pass the OAKS at that level in order to graduate. What else? You can also talk to your child about what they are reading.
I will give each student a glossary of literary terms the state expects them to know at this grade level, and they will work to complete a worksheet on those terms (with definitions and examples). You can quiz your child at home as well.
Who am I?
I am fairly new to Twality, (this is my 3rd year here) but not to the district. I taught 7th and 8th language arts in Central Oregon until I moved to Tualatin. I taught at Fowler for 2 years After that I was an Instructional Improvement Specialist at the district office, then I spent 2 years at Tualatin High School as the Prevention Specialist.
I am currently the President of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English and I co-chair the Oregon Spirit Book Award. I am passionate about literacy and about middle school, so I’m very happy teaching 8th graders at Twality. (I also love 8th-graders. Weird, I know.)
OCTE website here: http://octe.org