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					SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL


ENGLISH
WHO ARE WE?
  ENGLISH TEACHERS
S House             A House           M House
Amy Chapman         Jennifer Pust     Lauren Fairchild
Jenna Gasparino     Michael Surrago   Christina Nation
LaSonja Roberts     Berkeley Blatz    Megan Walker
Tisha Reichle       Terry Anderson    John Harris
Meredith Louria
Rob Thais

O House             H House           I House
Amy Beeman-Solano   Ruth Magnuson     Randy Denis
Maria Stevens       Russell Rowton    Nathan Fulcher
Stephanie Dew       Kitaro Webb       Gilda De La Cruz
                    James Altuner     Pete Barraza
                                      Kathleen Faas
WHAT DO WE TEACH?
“COMPREHENSIVE ENGLISH”

    § READING SKILLS
    § BOOKS
    § WRITING SKILLS
    § TYPES OF WRITING
    § RESEARCH
    § SPEAKING
    § CREATIVE WRITING
    § LINKS TO OTHER SUBJECTS
    § LINKS TO THE REAL WORLD
             READING SKILLS
A few samples:
  How to use Latin roots to figure out new word
  How to “mark up” a text.
  How to recognize and interpret a metaphor.
  How to detect irony.
                   BOOKS
• Balance between old and new, between the
  “canon” and the multicultural, between men and
  women.
• Balance between fiction and non-fiction
• Outside Reading programs
• Summer Reading

        “A book is a ‘classic’
       not because it’s old,
   but because it’s always new.”
              WRITING SKILLS
A few samples:
• Using ink, full name, correctly capitalized title.
• Varying the length and structure of sentences.
• Using graceful transitions between ideas and
  paragraphs.
• Providing specific evidence and examples
           TYPES OF WRITING
•   ESSAYS ABOUT LITERATURE
•   AUTO/BIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE
•   PERSUASIVE ESSAYS
•   RESEARCH ESSAYS
•   RESEARCH/PERSUASIVE ESSAYS
•   S.A.T.-STYLE ESSAYS
•   JOURNALS
•   READING LOGS
•   OTHER “WRITING-TO-LEARN”
                 RESEARCH
9TH -12TH GRADE SEQUENCE OF RESEARCH AND
  DOCUMENTATION SKILLS BEGINS NEXT YEAR
The object of this addition to our curriculum is
  to prepare our students for one of the most
  common kinds of college writing.
                  SPEAKING
• Class lessons & discussions
• Reports, projects, recitations, readings
• Socratic seminars
         CREATIVE WRITING
• LINKED TO LITERATURE
AND/OR
• UN-LINKED
     LINKS TO OTHER SUBJECTS
9th grade - English and Freshman Seminar
10th grade – English and World History
11th grade – English and American History
12th grade – English and Philosophy, Psychology,
  Sociology, History, Cultural Studies, Sports
     LINKS TO THE REAL WORLD
• Assemblies – e.g., Downbeat 720
• Nights at the theater & other field trips
• Correspondence with other parts of the U.S.
  and other countries, like Russia
• The California Lit field trip to Steinbeck
  country
• Every day in every class of every English
  teacher
  WHAT ARE THE
SPECIFIC ENGLISH
COURSES TAUGHT?
      COURSE OFFERINGS IN ENGLISH

9TH GRADE    College Prep English                    Honors English
10TH GRADE   College Prep English                    Honors English
11TH GRADE   College Prep English                    Advanced Placement
                                                     English Language and
                                                     Composition
12TH GRADE   Senior English Electives:               Advanced Placement
             -African American Literature            English Literature and
             -Bible as Literature / Existentialism   Composition
             -California Literature
             -Chicano/Latino Literature
             -Folktales and Mythology
             -Reader-Writer Workshop
             and upcoming . . .
             -Asian American Literature
             -Women’s Literature
             . . . and maybe more!
 Should my child
take college prep
  or honors/ ap?
   Do english
 teachers help
 students with
their personal
statements for
    college
 applications?
         Yes, it’s our policy:
 In all senior English classes, both
elective and AP, there’s a unit on
    writing the college personal
statement, completed in early fall
   before application deadlines.
 When’s the exit
exam, and how do
  you prepare
students for the
 language arts
    section?
The Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is next
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17
and 18. Tenth-grade teachers have
state-prepared books to use with their
classes to help prepare students. In
addition, our regular 9th and 10th
grade curriculum is geared to the
standards that are tested by the Exit
Exam.
    How does the
english department
  help struggling
     students?
     HELP WITH ENGLISH WORK
• ELD sequence
• Tutorial blocks
• Freshman Seminar blocks
• After-school tutoring programs
• House intervention programs
• Individual teacher attention outside of class
  hours
• CAHSEE prep
Are you stuffy old
 english teachers
   down with the
latest technology?
Indeed we are! . . .

Elmo / Laptop / Projector
Homework & handouts on-line
Turnitin.com
Wikis
Blogs
What books should
 I get my child to
       read?
WHATEVER WILL ACTUALLY GET READ!
Any book your child WILL actually read is a good book to get into
their hands. If your child will read classics or other high-quality
books, great! But don’t insist on quality if it discourages reading!
Make reading fun, easy, and perhaps practical. Some often
overlooked categories that appeal to high school students are:

         GRAPHIC NOVELS (COMIC-BOOK STYLE)
         HUMOR
         SCARY/HORROR/SUSPENSE/MYSTERY
         BOOKS OF QUOTES OR OTHER “SMALL BITES”
         SHORT AND SHORT SHORT STORIES
         BOOKS WITH MOVIE TIE-INS
         CELEBRITY BIOGRAPHIES – SPORTS, MUSIC, TV/MOVIES
         SELF-HELP BOOKS
         POETRY OR NOVEL-IN-VERSE
         FICTION BOOKS THAT ARE “BELOW STUDENT’S LEVEL”
         BILINGUAL BOOKS

				
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