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Welcome to English for ESL Students: 2016-2017

ESOL I and II: 2016-2017
 
Based on the TEKS for the state of Texas, in English SOL I and II, we focus on the following skills:
Reading, where students read and understand a wide variety of literary and informational texts;
Writing, where students compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization, and sufficient detail;
Research, where students are expected to know how to locate a range of relevant sources and evaluate, synthesize, and present ideas and information;
Listening and Speaking, where students listen and respond to the ideas of others while contributing their own ideas in conversations and in groups; and
Oral and Written Conventions, where students learn how to use the oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing. The standards are cumulative--students will continue to address earlier standards as needed while they attend to standards for their grade. In English SOL II, students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing, and oral language skills. Students should read and write on a daily basis.
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Welcome to my classroom!  The 2016-2017 school year will mark my 28th year as an educator and my third year with Magnolia ISD. I earned my BA in English Education from The University of Iowa in 1988 and accepted my first teaching position in Aldine ISD soon after. I am driven to share my passion for reading and writing with all of my students at all levels of language proficiency. I look forward to this year with the same level of excitement and anticipation as I felt my first year!
 
 Parents and students, please join me on Remind: text @3kffb to 81010 or paste rmd.at/3kffb into your browser for all the latest reminders on class assignments!
 
Conference: 1st period 7:20-8:13
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 Bulldogs Need to Know
 
Students are working on listening and speaking activities in class. Also, to become better readers and writers, students are studying prefixes, suffixes, and roots, idioms, and prepositions using a variety of written and oral activities.  Outside of class, students should be watching English-speaking television and listening to English-speaking radio as practice to apply what they have been learning in class.
 
Each nine weeks, major grades will be based on:  independent reading, a piece of writing completed using the workshop process, vocabulary/word study, application of appropriate research skills, and a district common assessment.