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English Department Goals

English Department Goals

  • Provide information to staff, parents, and students about the Collections Companions modules for grades 6-12 through online & school-site(s) trainings.
  • Create a support syllabus for ESs and parents for the Collections Companion for grades 6-12.
  • Continue to provide information about and to encourage interest in the Expository Reading and Writing Courses (ERWC). An ERWC Grade 11 (online) and Grade 12 a-g ERWC (MLC) will be offered this year.
  • Provide opportunities for parents and ESs to attend trainings for MyAccess in order to share updated information about the program. Develop a MyAccess pacing guide for parents and ESs.
  • Ongoing - Encourage and facilitate communication among department teachers and between students and parents about Moodle class expectations to ensure student and parent responsibility in order to maintain a high level of learning.
  • Sponsor a CW writing contest.
  • Develop and implement research writing classes for middle and high school students.
  • Distribute a Benchmark Essay Writing booklet which includes student writing samples, prompts, standards, & rubrics.
  • Recruit new teachers for the English Department.
  • Encourage and promote professional development opportunities for the English Department teachers.

Focus on Writing

  • How you score essays is important. Use a rubric!
  • Find ways of teaching and presenting writing that are engaging and fun for students while also giving them a realistic view and an understanding that writing well will require work on their part and will not always be fun.
  • Try to find online resources about writing contests which may offer cash awards and scholarships as well as chances to gain national recognition and opportunities for publication.
  • It is important to understand, writing needs to be included in the curriculum. A curriculum which is entirely hands-on, project based, or unschooling in approach needs supplementation in this direction to be balanced and adequate.