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  1. Language A Curriculum Night Team 7-1

  2. Background Info • Elizabeth Chu • Chicago, IL • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign • Concordia University Chicago • Teaching History • 2010-Present – Percy Julian Middle School • 2009-2010 – 6-12 English Teacher • 2007-2009 – 9-12 English Teacher

  3. Reading • Goal: • Read a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. • Gain literary and cultural knowledge and familiarity with various text structures and elements. • Acquire the habits of reading independently and closely.

  4. Reading • Informational texts, poems, and full-length novels including, but not limited to: • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton • Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe • Monster by Walter Dean Myers

  5. Writing • Goal: • Produce writing that supports opinions, demonstrates understanding of the content, and conveys real and imagined experiences and events. • Adapt the form and content of writing for a particular task and purpose and a variety of audiences. • Build knowledge on a subject through research projects and respond analytically to literary and informational sources.


  6. Speaking & Listening • Goal: • Take part in a variety of rich, structured conversations

  7. Grammar & Vocabulary • Goal: • Gain control over standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics. • Determine or clarify the meaning of grade-appropriate words and expand vocabulary.

  8. Current Studies • Short Story Unit • Literary elements and devices • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton • IB Global Context: Identities and Relationships • Writing • Creative writing (short story) • Expository writing • Literary analysis and critique  cite textual evidence • Annotate, make inferences, analyze, apply • Commas and semicolons in compound and complex sentences • Vocabulary (technical and reading-based)

  9. Grading Procedure • Formative Assessments • Practice assignment and activities (homework, in-class activities, quizzes, discussions, etc.) • Opportunities to improve learning, master a skill or concept, and get feedback • Informs instruction • Summative Assessments • Evaluate learning and mastery of a skill or concept in a unit (tests, projects, essays, presentations, etc.) • In most cases, there will be retake/redo opportunities • Authentic Assessments & Growth

  10. Study Session • Thursday lunch (fifth period) • As needed basis, by appointment (AM or PM)

  11. Every Kid Needs a Champion “How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” —Rita Pierson

  12. Contact Information • URL: • www.op97.org/echu • Email: • echu@op97.org

  13. Questions & Comments Please write down your questions and comments on a slip of paper and leave it in the question/comment box in the hallway. Thank you! 