Daniel Mesick, Principal
740 Rose Ave. W, St Paul, MN 55117
(651) 293-8800 | Get Directions
2009/2010 School Year
Language Arts Outline & Syllabus
E/BD SPED Teacher
Como Sr. High
651.293.8800 Ext. 1222
Curriculum Areas of Focus:
Reading & Literature
Speaking, Listening & Viewing
Be On Time
Be Ready to Learn
Be Ready to Be Challenged
Be Quiet During Independent Learning Time
Be Respectful to Yourself & Others
97-100%: A+ 87-89%: B+
93-96%: A 83-86%: B
90-92: A- 80-82: B-
77-79%: C+ 67-69%: D+
73-76%: C 63-66%: D
70-72: C- 60-62: D-
Reading & Literature, Speaking, Listening & Viewing:
Effectively prepare students for GRAD Reading Comprehension exam, as well as higher learning by increasing student’s reading comprehension skills by at least one grade level through participation in the oral reading of one teacher assigned multi cultural novel per month, to be read together as a class. In addition, students will complete a minimum of twenty minutes of independent reading per day; additional reading is encouraged through participation in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Program.
Evaluation of said goals to include vocabulary exercises, comprehension questions, quizzes and final exams for each novel read as a class, as well as participation in GRAD Standards Reading Comprehension exam as mandated by St. Paul Public Schools & MN State Dept. of Education.
Effectively prepare students for GRAD Writing exam and higher learning, by exposing students to a wide variety of writing exercises in order to increase students’ skills by at least one grade level. Teacher designed weekly lessons focused on spelling, vocabulary, grammar and composition will be used. In addition, cross curricular writing assignments will provide further opportunities of growth.
Evaluation of said goals to include pre & post tests, weekly spelling & vocabulary test and Writing competency exams as mandated by St. Paul Schools & MN State Dept. of Education.
Strand I: Reading & Literature
Substrand A: Word Recognition, Analysis & Fluency
B: Vocabulary Expansion
Objective: Students will apply a variety of strategies to expand vocabulary, word recognition, analysis & fluency skills. Students will also demonstrate literal, interpretive, inferential & evaluative comprehension. Finally, students will read, understand, respond to, analyze, interpret, evaluate & appreciate a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Strand III: Speaking, Listening & Viewing
Substrand A: Speaking & Listening
Objective: Students will demonstrate understanding of novel read and communicate effectively through listening and speaking.
Strand II: Writing
Substrand A: Types of Writing
B: Elements of Composition
C: Spelling, Grammar & Usage
Objective: Students will engage in a wide variety of writing exercises and assignments with attention to audience, organization, focus, quality of ideas, and a purpose. Students will also apply standard English conventions while writing.
Novels to be Read:
October: The Crucible
November: My Brother Sam is Dead
December: A Christmas Story
January: House of Dies Drear
February: Watson’s Go to Birmingham
March: Anne of Green Gables
April: Fallen Angels or Under the Blood Red Sun
May: The Outsiders
Daniel Mesick, Principal | 740 Rose Ave W, St Paul, MN 55117 | (651) 293-8800 | Get Directions
Grades: 9-12 Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fax: (651) 293-8806